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88 – Powell Heirs – 100,000 acres

Jimmy Powell, head of Powell Ranches, runs his family’s sheep and cattle operation on an estimated 100,000 acres in several Texas counties as well as Cherry County, Nebraska. In 2005, the Rice University graduate was recognized for his longtime leadership in Texas agriculture.

Posted in Nebraska

88 – Dennis Washington – 100,000 acres

From rail transportation to aviation technology, construction and mining to heavy equipment sales, this aggressive entrepreneur has been a player in a wide variety of business sectors. It should come as little surprise that his real estate interests also include owning a reported 100,000

Posted in Oregon, Washington

94 – Aubrey McClendon – 98,106 acres

The Chesapeake Energy (CHK) CEO and chairman makes his debut on The Land Report 100 after closing on the 18,506-acre TI Valley Ranch just south of McAlester in his native Oklahoma. Located in Pittsburg County, the trophy property is approximately 50 percent timber

Posted in Oklahoma

96 – Eshleman Family – 96,00 acres

The family’s Eshleman-Vogt Ranch is located in Jim Hogg County. This South Texas property is used primarily for cattle ranching, although hunting leases are proving to be a valuable source of income as well.

Posted in Texas

3 – Brad Kelley -1.7 million acres

Last year we were correct in reporting that Kelley was one of the ten largest landowners in the U.S. The only problem was Kelley’s multi-state holdings rank him third on the Land Report 100, not seventh, a fact that was

Posted in Florida

13 – Dolph Briscoe Jr. – 560,000 acres

A two-time Texas governor, Briscoe, 85, also served as the president the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association where he spearheaded the cattle industry’s effort to eradicate screwworms. He declined to confirm published reports of the size of Briscoe Ranch,

Posted in Texas

14 W.T. Waggoner Estate 520,000 acres

Texas boasts thousands of cattle operations, but none, not even King Ranch, can match the Waggoner’s brag: “the nation’s largest ranch under one fence.” Established in 1849 by Dan Waggoner, the contiguous parcel now encompasses more than 800 square miles.

Posted in Texas

15 – D.M. O’Connor Heirs – 500,000 acres

The O’Connor family’s ties to cattle ranching in South Texas date back to the 1830s, when Thomas O’Connor arrived from Ireland. His son Dennis Martin joined the family business, and today, the descendants of D.M. O’Connor share ownership of an

Posted in Texas

16 – Robert Earl Holding – 400,000 acres

Salt Lake City resident Robert Earl Holding, 81, owner of Sinclair Oil, 2,600 filling stations, the Sun Valley ski resort, and a number of hotels and other resorts, reportedly owns 400,000 acres of ranchland in Wyoming and Montana. Holding ranked

Posted in Montana, Utah, Wyoming

17 – J.R. Simplot – 355,746 acres

Nothing seems more simple and humble than a potato. Almost hard to believe it’s the centerpiece of J.R. Simplot’s empire, which stretches across the West. Simplot blended a gambler’s intuition with a businessman’s judgment and common sense to build an

Posted in California, Idaho


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