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JOHN MALONE BUYS NEW MEXICO’S 290,100-ACRE BELL RANCH
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The nation’s largest landowner acquired one of Georgia’s finest quail plantations in 2010.
his year marks the fourth time The Land Report has presented the top 100 landowners in the country. And it also marks the fourth time that Ted Turner has topped our list. In 2010, Turner added to his chart-topping 2 million-plus acres by acquiring Nonami Plantation near Albany, Georgia. The acquisition is a notable one because Nonami ranks as the largest property for the entrepreneur, environmentalist, philanthropist, and media mogul in the state where he was raised. Nonami Plantation adds 8,800 acres to the 15 ranches Turner owns in seven states, and it is considered one of the finest quail hunting venues in the Peach State. Turner purchased the plantation from a longtime business associate, Atlanta developer Tom Cousins, in a private transaction. “Tom and Ted have been good friends for many years,” says Turner spokesman Phillip Evans. “From what I understand they made a gentlemen’s agreement years ago. If Tom ever decided to sell, Ted would get first option to purchase the property. They both appreciate what a special piece of land it is.” Much of the property is already under a conservation easement. “As with all of Turner’s land, Nonami will be managed in an environmentally and ecologically friendly manner,” Evans adds. Turner’s record as a landowner proves that he is nothing if not dedicated to running his holdings in a way that promotes the conservation of both the land itself and native species. In particular, Turner is known for his conservation of buffalo.
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ike many a self-made billionaire, Brad Kelley shuns publicity. Shuns it so much, in fact, that he’s become something of an enigma to many of his neighbors, a presence made even larger by his absence. Kelley’s enormous holdings are spread across Texas, New Mexico, and Florida. His properties are used primarily to propagate rare species of animals, including endangered ones. He has used his
shrewd business acumen to guide his purchases, snapping up choice tracts with the natural resources needed to further his considerable conservation efforts.
His 50,000+ is the world’s largest private herd. He recently offered to shelter 87 bison from Yellowstone National Park for five years as part of an experiment by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks to establish a free-roaming herd free of brucellosis and other diseases that can spread to cattle. After the five years, the bison will be returned to the State of Montana, and Turner will keep a percentage of the herd’s offspring. Innovative solutions to ensure the continuation of endangered species are but one facet of Turner’s stewardship philosophy. Another lies in clean, renewable energy. In January 2010, Turner Renewable Energy partnered with Southern Company to develop renewable energy resources on his properties as well as off. Their first project, New Mexico’s Cimarron Solar Facility, will be one of the nation’s largest photovoltaic plants, generating enough energy to supply 9,000 homes with electricity. Cimarron, which is scheduled to begin commercial operation in late 2010, is located next to Turner’s Vermejo Park Ranch, the largest privately owned ponderosa pine ecosystem in the nation. The Cimarron plant is yet another example of how Turner backs up his opinions with concrete action. He has been increasingly vocal about his belief that the United States should move toward more sustainable forms of energy, and he has gone as far as to lobby Congress on renewable energy and climate issues. It goes hand in hand with his desire to use his clout and his land to make the world a better place for his—and our—children and grandchildren.
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he lumber industry’s sluggish year may have taken Emmerson down a few notches on Forbes’s roster of billionaires, but he remains in the second slot on The Land Report’s list, right where he’s been all along. The third generation of Emmersons is now involved in running the family’s Sierra Pacific Industries: Red’s late father “Curly” founded the business in 1949, Red serves as president, and his son Mark is VP of finance. Sierra Pacific ranks as California’s largest private landowner. Among its noteworthy achievements in 2010 was placing 7,500 acres just north of Truckee under conservation easements, the first such action taken by the company.
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he family business, Irving Woodlands, has been an integral part of forestry in Maine for more than 60 years and owns over 1.2 million acres certified by both the Forest Stewardship Council and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. Forest research and conservation are key elements of the company’s forestry activities. Not only are 20 percent of its holdings dedicated to habitat conservation, but the Irvings donated $1 million to create a chair in forest sustainability research at the University of Maine. The company has earned the Gulf of Maine Visionary Award and has been recognized by the World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy, and the Interior Department for research and conservation of the Northern Forest woodcock. Irving Woodlands is also a leader in tree planting and reforestations.
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After more than a century in operation, the Bell was carved into six tracts and parceled off after the end of the Second World War. But for William Lane II, its legacy would have ended with this dissolution. In 1970, the chairman and chief executive of General Binding Corporation purchased the 130,000-acre In 2006, the Lane family began its quest to find another steward for the Bell. Several leading brokerages marketed the property, including Mason and Morse Ranch Company and Orvis Cushman & Wakefield. But the Great Recession took its toll. The original asking price of $110 million was lowered to $99 million and then to
he only major movement in this year’s top ten is Liberty Media CEO John Malone, whose purchase of the 290,000-acre Bell Ranch this August leapfrogged him from No. 7 to No. 5, ahead of King Ranch and the Singleton Family. Thanks to his conservation-minded land ownership, Malone has earned many friends (both two-legged and four-legged) over the years. In an interview on Bloomberg in July, Malone said that his friend Ted Turner was partly his inspiration. “It is sort of a lasting economic asset, and if you are charitably minded and you like conservation, you sort of can do well by doing good,” he said. “I own a lot of land. In fact, Ted and I are neighbors in New Mexico.”
WILLIAM LANE PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF THE LANE FAMILY JOHN MALONE PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY BY RICH WILKING/REUTERS
dds are you already know New Mexico’s Bell Ranch. At 453 square miles, it’s kind of hard to overlook. But to focus on size alone is to overlook a much richer story. The Bell has been featured in countless Westerns and dramatically depicted on millions of Stetson hatboxes. If you’re old enough to remember when tobacco companies could advertise, the ranch’s mesas and pastures were the timeless backdrop in many a Marlboro print campaign. Few venues epitomize the American West like the gorgeous grasslands, stunning mesas, and rugged rimrock canyons surrounding the distinctive bellshaped mountain a short ride north of the Canadian River. The Bell Ranch is a place of lore and legend whose contemporary history dates back to an impossibly large land grant of some 656,000 acres by the Mexican government to Pablo Montoya in 1824. Only the hills know how long the Comanche, the Kiowa, and the Apache made camp along the banks of La Cinta Creek before the Spanish army officer petitioned Mexico City for his lands. Almost two centuries have passed since Don Pablo took title to more than 1,000 square miles of what eventually became the New Mexico Territory. Its ideal setting—the ranch ranges in elevation from 4,200 to 5,600 feet above sea level—is more reminiscent of the African Serengeti than the Great Plains or the Llano Estacado. Top-notch cowmen such as the pioneering trailblazer Charlie Goodnight have long marveled at the ranch’s plentiful waters, its protein-rich grasses, and the temperate climate. The lure of this remote cattle kingdom is so strong that the Bell has enticed five formidable
men to commit themselves to shepherding the ranch since 1933: Albert Mitchell, George Ellis, Don Hofman, Rusty Tinnin, and Bert Ancell, the general manager, who had 41 years of experience on the Bell. Half a dozen hands with an average of 15 years service on the Bell worked with Ancell.
Bell Mountain This peerless legacy is one of the many priceless assets that make the Bell more than simply another big spread. Take, for instance, the ranch’s horse breeding program, which can be traced back to a remount herd used by the U.S. cavalry almost a century ago. The ranch has also developed a closed composite breed of cattle. Known as RedBell, the breed consists of carefully selected Red Angus and Hereford bloodlines, plus smaller percentages of Brahma and Gelbvieh. And of course there is also the ranch’s iconic one-iron brand. First registered in San Miguel County in 1875, it has been in continuous use ever since.
William Lane II headquarters tract near the center of the Montoya Grant, and over the next six years he dedicated himself to rebuilding the great ranch. Ultimately, he acquired a total of 290,100 acres, an astounding 44 percent of the original grant. Lane and his family also put in place improvements that dramatically enhanced beef production. Seven large operating units are cordoned off by 342 miles of fence and connected by 530 miles of interior roads. Ninety miles of pipeline water 206 stock tanks and 117 wells and windmills. The end result is a world-class working cattle ranch that can support 5,000 animal units.
John Malone $83 million in 2010 (not including livestock). The one constant throughout this process was Patrick Bates of Bates Sanders Swan Land Company, who was brought on to consult for the Lane family in 2006; by 2010 he was the broker of record. In March, Ron Morris of Ranch Marketing Associates contacted him. Like Bates, Morris is a veteran ranch broker with an impressive C.V. His client was none other than John Malone, Liberty Media’s CEO and one of the most respected stewards of the land in Rockies. A new chapter in the history of the Bell was about to begin. —Eric O’Keefe
Liberty Media CEO John Malone bought the 290,100-acre Bell Ranch on August 17. Price and terms were not disclosed on the $83-million listing.
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r. Henry Singleton purchased New Mexico’s picturesque San Cristobal Ranch in 1986, and today his five children continue to run the family’s ranching empire, just as he wished. Since last year, the family has not added any deeded land to its holdings, but instead nearly doubled its leased property, from 95,000 acres to 180,000 acres in New Mexico. For the second year in a row, the Singleton Ranch rodeo team won the New Mexico Championship Ranch Rodeo. The family enjoys sharing its expertise and ranching heritage. Singleton Ranches support local youth livestock programs, established a rodeo scholarship at New Mexico State University, and hold several public horse clinics each year.
or more than 150 years, King Ranch has proven its leadership as a steward of the land, but resting on their laurels is not a common attribute of Captain Richard King’s descendants. In the last century, King Ranch produced the first registered American Quarter Horse and a Triple Crown winner. More recently, it has leveraged its storied heritage into a nationally recognized brand— not the kind just seen on cattle but the kind visible on Ford trucks. Today, King Ranch is committed to a wide-ranging number of endeavors, including the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management at Texas A&M Kingsville and the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, as well as programs for environmental stewardship and brush management. And don’t overlook the cattle that wear the Running W brand. The ranch that produced the Santa Gertrudis, aka first breed of cattle in the U.S., also developed a new composite breed of cattle, the Santa Cruz. Other operations include its majority-owned interest in the largest citrus producer in the U.S., Consolidated Citrus Limited Partnership; a 60,000-acre farming operation in South Texas; sugarcane and vegetables in Florida; one of the country’s largest pecan shelling operations; the largest turfgrass operation in the State of Texas; a John Deere dealership; and the world-famous King Ranch Saddle Shop, a retail store, catalog, and Internet website specializing in high-end leather goods.
King Ranch’s holdings include turfgrass farms in Texas and Florida.
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t’s been almost a decade since the heirs of 19th-century shipping magnate David Pingree placed more than three quarters of a million acres of Maine forestland under conservation easement—a block of land larger than entire state of Rhode Island. The family’s private Seven Island Land Company prides itself on carrying on David’s plans for conservative long-term timber management.
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In 2004, more than 20 cowboys mounted on Singleton horses accepted the honor of New Mexico’s Best Remuda at the New Mexico State Fair Rodeo.
he Reed family operates the privately held Simpson Investment Company, the holding company for Simpson Lumber Company, Simpson Tacoma Kraft Company, and Simpson Door Company. Wondering why the name on the company is Simpson instead of Reed? Sol Simpson started the company in 1890. Mark Reed worked his way up through the company’s ranks and married one of Sol’s daughters around the turn of the century. Et voilà. Today the company is one of the oldest, continuously operating forest products companies in the Pacific Northwest.
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roenke just became majority owner of NFL’s St. Louis Rams, which required him to turn over control to his son of the NBA’s Denver Nuggets and the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche. He still controls Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids, the National Lacrosse League's Colorado Mammoth, and is the largest shareholder in the English Premier League's Arsenal. None of this impacts Kroenke Ranches. Cedar Creek and PV Ranch are Montana cow-calf operations, and Q Creek Land & Livestock Company runs up to 12,000 yearlings on 550,000+ acres in Wyoming. It’s also an Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Lodge.
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TIMBER The Ford family’s Roseburg Forest Products has holdings in Oregon and California, where it has established itself as an industry leader with healthy forestry practices. In Oregon, the company volunteered over 4,500 acres nearly 10 years ago for a research endeavor known as the Hinkle Creek Paired Watershed study, which analyzed the effect of current forestry practices on fish populations. This year it was named a recipient of the Award Of Excellence In Riparian Management and it earned a 2009 Environmental Award for its Hinkle Creek participation. Current President and CEO Allyn Ford, son of founder Kenneth, oversees the company’s efforts.
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DIVERSIFIED The company founded by J.M. Huber has energy and timber holdings nationwide. Its oil and gas division operates properties throughout the West and Southwest, and its timber unit has holdings in Maine, Oklahoma, and the Southeast. Today, the fourth generation of the family manages one of the largest familyowned companies in the United States. It has been acclaimed for its environmental commitments; it even has its own strict scale to measure against, called the Huber Environmental Performance Index. Fifteen years ago, the company partnered with The Nature Conservancy to create Adopt-A-Preserve.
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RANCHING & FARMING Waggoner Ranch is still the largest ranch in Texas under one fence. The iconic empire traces its roots back to the 1870s, when Dan Waggoner began buying parcels as they were cleared for settlement. W.T. expanded his father’s ranching interests and established what is known today as the W.T. Waggoner Estate. The ranch’s cattle operation runs 14,000 mother cows. Horses are bred for working the cattle, and many carry the bloodline of the famous Poco Bueno, who was buried in a standing position under a 4-ton granite marker across from the ranch entrance. About 27,000 acres of wheat, oats, and milo are also grown.
include funding cancer research facilities and college scholarships. His donations, both monetary and land-based, have made a significant impact in eliminating dogfighting in the Southeast, and his contributions have directly saved the lives of thousands of animals. Ware helped to establish a national dogfighting tip line (877-215-2250) and is a major patron of humane societies and other animal welfare charities across the country.
tion systems, brush control programs, and irrigated farmland. To wit, the ranch is featured in the BBC/Discovery Channel documentary “Around the World in 90 Minutes,” shown on Discovery’s Planet Green channel.
Traditional ways combine with forward-thinking practices on the Lydas’ La Escalera Ranch.
Lykes Bros. Heirs 615,000 acres DIVERSIFIED Now a century old, this familyowned company began as a cattle ranching operation and has since diversified to maximize its impressive land holdings. Today’s cattle operation, located just west of Lake Okeechobee, Florida, is one of the five largest in the country. The South Florida forestry division features 11,000 acres of eucalyptus, making it one of the largest producers in the continental U.S., as well as 52,000 acres of native and planted pine. Lykes Bros. also has a significant farming operation, with over 3,000 acres of sugar cane. Then there is bioenergy; the Lykes Ranch in Florida has a hand in a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol facility, that is on schedule to be the first in the state that will convert renewable grasses to fuel. Additionally, the company’s West Water Hole Project is helping to restore the region’s ecosystem. The family owns one of the most rugged ranches in the Lone Star State, the O2 in Far West Texas.
Briscoe Family 560,000 acres RANCHING Former Texas Governor Dolph Briscoe Jr., who passed away on June 27 [see page 64], made a seamless transition from his political career to focus fully on his family and the land. Dolph Briscoe Sr. began the family’s landowning legacy with several ranches across the state. Dolph Briscoe Jr. became a well-respected statesman who was the first governor to serve a four-year term. He was also elected president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. He kept in touch with the political world from Uvalde, even hosting Hillary Rodham Clinton when she came to seek his endorsement for her husband during the Texas primary in 1996. Over the years, he sold drilling leases after oil and gas were discovered on his ranchland and used the proceeds to expand his holdings. His heirs include Dolph Briscoe III, Janey Briscoe Marmion, and Cele Briscoe Carpenter.
Holland Ware 500,000 acres TIMBER Each year another major landowner is uncovered who should have been on our list since its inception. This year, that honor belongs to Holland Ware, who is credited as the largest private individual landowner east of the Mississippi. His approximately half a million acres are primarily timberland. They stretch from Virginia to East Texas. A hands-on owner, Ware enjoys managing his holdings personally; he has no forest management staff. And why should he? He’s been trading timber since he was 15. The Georgia native bought his first 100 acres for $10 an acre in the early 1950s. He began growing sawlogs from loblolly pine, despite the fact that local farmers thought he was crazy to “waste” good farmland that way. Ware still has his first 100 acres, which he has never cut, and locals have since stopped regarding him as anything but savvy. His success in timberland has fueled numerous philanthropic efforts, which
D.M. O’Connor Heirs 500,000 acres ENERGY & RANCHING Thomas O’Connor has been credited as the youngest soldier to follow Gen. Sam Houston at the Battle of San Jacinto. He turned the land he was awarded into a South Texas cattle ranching empire. His heirs have capitalized on their holdings, which were perched atop massive oil reserves. The current generation of O’Connors continues to reside in and around Victoria, Texas, and they share ownership of an estimated half-million acres. Phillip Anschutz
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DIVERSIFIED The ultra-private billionaire knows how to leverage opportunities to his benefit. When an oilfield fire threatened to ruin him in the 1960s, he
contracted with Universal Pictures to film a scene in which firefighters extinguish an oil blaze for John Wayne’s movie Hellfighters. Anschutz’s holdings include the 250,000-acre Baughman Farms in Kansas, the 149,493-acre Overland Trail Cattle Company & Ranch in Wyoming, and 35,000 acres in Colorado. His Anschutz Corporation has investments in energy exploration and production, real estate, ranching and agriculture, telecommunications, newspapers, and Internet publishing. Anschutz Entertainment Group is the world’s largest owner and operator of sports and entertainment venues. Most recently, his American Railway Explorer announced plans for cross-country luxury train tours.
in Salt Lake City). Lastly, he owns Sinclair Oil Corporation, the iconic American energy company with an instantly recognizable greenand-white dinosaur logo.
Management Trust has been managing the land since Robert East passed away in 2007.
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Poco Bueno’s memorial
Robert Earl Holding 400,000 RANCHING Holding’s ranches in Wyoming and Montana are just the tip of the snow-covered mountain for this billionaire. He also owns Snowbasin Resort in Utah and Sun Valley Ski Resort in Idaho, where Hollywood royalty have schussed since it opened in the 1930s. In addition, he owns six other luxury hotels and resorts across the country, including The Grand American Hotel (the only Five Diamond hotel
AGRIBUSINESS J.R. “Jack” Simplot turned a halfinterest in a potato sorter into an agricultural empire. “He was a dreamer and a big thinker,” says company spokesman David Cuoio. The J.R. Simplot Company based its fortune on potatoes but diversified over the years, gobbling up large tracts of land across the country for farming and ranching endeavors. Today the familyowned company runs a land and livestock division that operates 37 farms and 15 ranches with capacity for 30,000 mother cows.
RANCHING Samuel “Burk” Burnett established Four Sixes in 1870, and its legacy has grown to make it one of the most renowned ranches in the Texas Panhandle. The fourthgeneration heir of Burnett, Anne W. Marion runs the 245,000-acre 6666 Ranch today, along with 100,000 acres at Dixon Creek. The 6666 is acclaimed for its immense cow-calf operation and its Quarter Horse remuda (the ranch played a key role in the development of the American Quarter Horse Association). Most recently, the ranch’s Smart Whiskey Doc was named 2010 AQHA Versatility Ranch World Champion.
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Patrick Broe 310,000 acres DIVERSIFIED Broe keeps his personal and business affairs extremely private and has flown under our radar until this year. His investment and asset management company is known to own or control well over 100 companies in real estate, energy, and transportation. In addition, Broe owns ranches and farms in Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico. His Hubble and Green Ranches in New Mexico alone cover 290,000 acres. One of his more visible projects is Colorado’s Great Western Industrial Park in Windsor, which became a major source of the state’s green job growth in 2008. Broe has demonstrated a devoted stewardship of land, wildlife, and historical artifacts on his Wyoming ranch; he undertook a reforestation project that planted more than 500,000 trees that were custom grown to meet the unique altitude and climate conditions of the locale. Fasken Family
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East Family 350,000 acres RANCHING Alice Gertrudis Kleberg East was said to have borne a striking resemblance to her grandfather, Captain Richard King (see No. 7). She certainly inherited his fierce independent spirit; she gave up her interest in the legendary King Ranch in the 1950s in return for the San Antonio Viejo and Santa Fe ranches. The Robert C. East
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RANCHING The family’s La Escalera Ranch sprawls across five Texas counties, making it one of the largest cattle ranches in the Lone Star State. Although the ranch is best known for its Black Angus herd, the Lydas are also establishing it as an operation with environmental common sense thanks to new water distribu-
ENERGY The Texas town of Fasken never really took off as David Fasken had hoped it might. He founded it in 1916 next to the Midland and Northwestern Railway line so he could transport his cattle. However, when oil was struck on Fasken’s C Ranch in the 1940s, his heirs were thrilled with its location. The family’s Fasken Oil & Ranch Ltd. is headquartered in Midland, and their holdings spread across Far West Texas and South Texas.
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The Collins Family 295,313 acres TIMBER More than 150 years ago, T.D. Collins began his timber operations in Pennsylvania. Over the years and through the generations, the operation moseyed westward to southern Oregon and northern California. Since 1940, the Collins Companies has been committed to sustainability (decades before going green was cool). Today, the fourthgeneration descendants are actively involved with the company. Terry Collins is the forester for the family’s Almanor Forest and president of Collins Timber, Cherida Collins Smith is chair of the board of The Collins Companies, and Truman Collins is president of the Collins Foundation. 27 Jeff Bezos 290,000 acres SPACE EXPLORATION The Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, inspired by the wide open West Texas skies he remembered from boyhood summers on his grandfather’s ranch, began purchasing large tracts of land in the area about seven years ago. Ranchers were a bit surprised when their new neighbor explained why: He was building a spaceport for his private sub-orbital space exploration venture, Blue Origin. Last year, the company was awarded $3.7 million in funding from NASA for development of future human spaceflight operations. Tests fights have launched successfully at Bezos’s Corn Ranch, and there are plans to launch unmanned flights next year, with manned flights in 2012. 28 Collier Family 280,000 acres DIVERSIFIED The family’s Collier Enterprises encompasses an agriculture division whose foundation reaches back to 1922, when patriarch
The historic Hoodoo Ranch is located between Yellowstone National Park and Cody, Wyoming.
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Barron Gift Collier purchased a 200-acre grapefruit grove on the edge of Florida’s Big Cypress Swamp. Today, holdings include orange groves, cattle ranches, and vegetable farms throughout southwest Florida. The Colliers have long been advocates of environmental stewardship, water conservation, and ecosystem management programs. Affiliates of the family company are currently involved in researching and producing salt- and drought-resistant turf grass. 29 Babbitt Ranches 270,000 acres RANCHING Brothers David and Billy Babbitt arrived in Arizona from Cincinnati in 1886 and purchased 1,200 head of cattle, the start of a ranching tradition that continues to this day. Fourth-generation descendant Billy Cordasco oversees operations, which include the CO Bar, The Espee, and the Cataract Ranches, land that encompasses the Coconino Plateau Natural Reserve Lands. In addition to an impressive cow-calf operation (Babbitt is among the few remaining largescale ranches in the state to run straight Hereford), the ranches produce Quarter Horses, which are sold every July in the Hashknife Horse colt sale. 30 Jones Heirs 255,000 acres RANCHING The family’s South Texas ranching heritage began in 1897 when William Whitby Jones purchased 6,000 acres that were once part of a Spanish land grant. Four generations later, A.C. Jones IV owns and manages Jones Ranch LLC, whose holdings include the Alta Vista Ranch, Alta Colorado Ranch, and Borregos Ranch. Jones serves on the advisory board of the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute and is a director for the Texas and
Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, among other foundation and association activities. 31 True Family 255,000 acres RANCHING H.A. True Jr. started the family fortune with an oil drilling company in Wyoming. In the 50 years since then, the True Companies have expanded to include multiple firms, most of which are in the petroleum industry. True Ranches began in 1957 when True and his wife, Jean, purchased the Double Four Ranch near Laramie Peak. Today, the family’s ranching division includes seven ranches, two farms, and two feedlots, which run Angus, Black Baldy, Charolais, and Hereford. Reynolds Family
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RANCHING George T. and William D. Reynolds seem to have established ranches wherever they drove their cattle. And in the mid- to late-1800s, they drove cattle far and wide. Their Reynolds Cattle Company and its famous Long X brand was the mark for ranches in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Montana, and North Dakota. The family gifted a collection of records to Texas Tech University’s Southwest Collection Library. 33 Mike Smith 248,500 acres FARMLAND In the Texas Panhandle, the views can stretch for miles on end in every direction, and chances are pretty good that much of the land in sight belongs to Mike Smith of Amarillo. The founder of Tejas Trading, a full-service futures and options trading firm, has gradually acquired large tracts of farmland and grassland throughout the region. Much of Smith’s land is used for grazing cattle or recreational pursuits.
D.K. Boyd 243,437 acres ENERGY “We run a fully stocked cattle operation,” notes D.K. Boyd of his Frying Pan Ranch in Texas and New Mexico and his LE Ranch in New Mexico, “but we don’t just ranch.” In addition to dealing in other types of real estate around the country, the Midland-based rancher has dedicated himself to aiding other landowners. “We have worked diligently on a private level to help people understand their surface and mineral rights—hundreds of people that we share common interests with,” he says. He has perfected techniques in surface protection, restoration, right of way, and easement structuring, which have become benchmarks for many oil and gas companies. “If we don’t start working harder, us and our neighbors, to better understand and protect our property rights, the encroachment of government and others will impact our ability to protect, benefit from, and enjoy our land.” 35 Scott Family 220,000 acres RANCHING & FARMING Homer and Mildred Scott established Padlock Ranch on 3,000 acres in 1943. Today, the family’s ranch sprawls across 500,000 acres (220,000 deeded) in Wyoming and Montana. The Padlock is a working cattle ranch with working ranch vacations, meaning guests are allowed to act as ranch hands, gathering and moving cattle. “We gauge that on their abilities,” Padlock Ranch Controller Steve Severe says wryly. The ranch also offers wing shooting, and its farmland produces hay, corn, and barley. 36 Koch Family 230,000 acres RANCHING “Ranching has officially been part of the Koch organization for nearly 70
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years,” says Randy Lair, president of the Koch family company that operates 400,000 acres (230,000 deeded) in Kansas, Montana, and Texas. “Unofficially, our ranching roots reach back to 1891, when newspaper publisher Harry Koch settled in Quanah, Texas.” Harry wrote about cattle drives and rustlers and lamented the end of the open range. His son Fred co-founded Koch Industries and purchased his first ranchland in Kansas in 1941. Later acquisitions included the Matador Ranch in Texas and the Beaverhead Ranch in Montana. Today, the company is primarily owned by Charles and David Koch, Fred’s sons. The Montana ranch was the first to earn international certification from the Wildlife Habitat Council and the Texas ranch was recently named the 2010 Lone Star Land Steward by Texas Parks & Wildlife. “The Koch family has long had a true love of the land and a steadfast commitment to environmental stewardship,” adds Lair. 37 Roxana Hayne & Joan Kelleher 213,370 acres RANCHING Sisters Hayne and Kelleher are granddaughters of Alfred S. Gage, who built a legendary ranch in Far West Texas that once totaled 500,000 acres. Today they own the largest portion of the A.S. Gage Ranch and are partners in San Antonio-based Paisano Cattle Co.
TIMBER The family’s Cassidy Timberlands helped define Bangor, Maine, ever since John Cassidy built his fortune in timberlands, mills, and other real estate in the mid-1800s. This past spring, Fogler Library and the Bangor Historical Society announced they had acquired the family’s papers—calling it one of the most important sources documenting the history and economy of the region in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 39 Irwin Heirs 210,000 acres RANCHING John Irwin III now manages the family’s historic O RO Ranch outside Prescott, Arizona, a sprawling, rocky spread that was originally part of a Spanish land grant. The family is also reported to own another 60,000 acres in California. Irwin is also managing director of The Brookside Group, which he co-founded, as well as president of The Fresh Air Fund and treasurer of the Wildlife Conservation Society. 40 Louis Moore Bacon 202,000 acres CONSERVATION A successful hedge fund manager, this dedicated conservationist increased his land portfolio earlier this year when he acquired the
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historic Orton Plantation in North Carolina. Bacon is a direct descendant of Roger Moore, who built the original Orton residence in 1725 and then the plantation home itself in 1735. Bacon also owns the sprawling Trinchera Ranch in Colorado and Robins Island and Cow Neck Farm in New York. 41 Langdale Family 200,000 acres TIMBER When John Langdale, founder of the family’s Langdale Forest Products, passed away in 1911, he bequeathed 5,000 acres to his heirs. Through the years, his descendants have expanded their holdings throughout Georgia, investing primarily in timberland. The family’s acreage shrunk by 40,000 acres since last year’s rankings due to a settlement with minority shareholders. 42 Killam Family 200,000 acres ENERGY & RANCHING Family patriarch O.W. Killam was an Oklahoma state senator who sought his fortune in South Texas. He found it, and then some, when he became the first wildcatter to strike oil south of San Antonio. He purchased the Ortiz Ranch, which is now known as the Killam Laredo Ranch. The family has increased its holdings by adding the Duval County Ranch. Both ranches boast world-class whitetail hunting.
FARMING & RANCHING Gabrych is an astute self-made millionaire who uses his substantial holdings in a variety of farming and ranching pursuits in the West. “In Nevada we grow a lot of alfalfa, and we also grow Bermuda grass, sugar beets, and wheat. We try different things each year,” he says. “I also have a hunting ranch in California—the best hunting ranch in California.” At Gabrych’s 18,200-acre Rock Springs Ranch, game ranges from quail, chukar, and pheasant to elk, deer, and feral hogs. 44 Bogle Family 192,000 acres FARMING & RANCHING Bogle Ltd. was formed by Hal Bogle’s heirs after he passed away in 1973. In the decades since, the family has operated this impressive collection of farms and ranches in New Mexico. Crops raised on 5,000 acres in the Pecos Valley include alfalfa, hay, corn, and winter wheat, which is used to pasture yearlings. The ranching division runs its cattle on the X-Bar, Turkey Track, and 4-Lakes. The Bogles also continue Hal’s tradition of breeding fine Quarter Horses, with two broodmare bands of up to 25 mares each. 45 Hunt Family 190,000 acres RANCHING The same family of Hunt Oil fame owns several sizable spreads in New Mexico, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, and Texas through its Hoodoo Land & Cattle Company. The Hunt family’s long-term strategy is to hold these large tracts of open land for future real estate development or mineral exploration. In the meantime, its five farms and ranches raise cattle and horses and produce vegetables, citrus, grains, and sugar.
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The Fanjul family has strong ties to the land: today, in Florida, and in generations past, in Cuba. “I love land so much even my hobbies revolve around land,” says J. Pepe Fanjul, who adds, “I spend every free weekend at Amistad, my 2,500-acre private shooting preserve.”
Tim Blixseth 189,000 acres TIMBER & DEVELOPMENT Entrepreneur Tim Blixseth made his name and his first fortune by buying and selling timber and timberland. His next was built around the Yellowstone Club, a private, ultra-exclusive golf and ski community in Montana. Today, he focuses on high-end real estate transactions through his Nevadabased Desert Ranch partnership. 47 Bidegain Family 180,000 acres RANCHING “It’s been in the family since 1902,” says Phil Bidegain of the family’s T4 Cattle Company. “We run a cow-calf operation with about 2,500 mother cows.” The T4 also breeds Quarter Horses, a program that Phil’s wife, Laurie, oversees. The couple’s two sons are actively involved as well: Donnie operates
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Texas, and Lone Star Land & Cattle Company in Wyoming. He recently attempted to swap over 16,000 acres of deeded land in Wyoming for roughly 14,000 acres of state trust lands. Gordy’s aim was to consolidate his spread-out holdings. Opponents argued that he would be restricting public access for hunters while developing a lucrative outfitting business for himself. The proposed swap was ultimately withdrawn. 50 Broadbent Family 170,000 acres RANCHING Rancher Joseph Ray “J.R.” Broadbent built up one of the largest sheep and cattle operations in the country. Upon his death, daughter Colleen Broadbent Paddock and sons Joseph and Ray assumed control of Broadbent Grazing Association and still oversee operations in California, Utah, and Wyoming.
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RANCHING The Texas-based family owns both McCoy’s Building Supply (run by Brian McCoy) and McCoy Remme Ranches (run by Kaare and Brenda McCoy Remme). The ranches, which are located in the Davis Mountains of Far West Texas, utilize remote monitoring stations to monitor grazing conditions for cow-calf operations. 52 Sugg Family 166,655 acres RANCHING San Angelo’s Sugg family operates cattle ranches in West Texas, and one of their fields in Irion County is dotted with oil and gas wells. In one of the most interesting methods of green ranching we’ve come across, Suzanne Sugg uses naturally shed deer horns from the family’s 7D Ranch as accents on her handmade totes.
RANCHING Funk’s holdings total 177,106 acres; 13,000 are leased land. His Express Ranches are headquartered in Yukon, Oklahoma, where the water tower proclaims it hometown of Garth Brooks. But Funk’s heralded Angus and Limousin have made the ranch famous in its own right. The Express is one of the largest seedstock operations in the U.S., and guests at a recent Limousin Production Sale included singer Mickey Gilley, Cincinnati Bengals safety Roy Williams, and former Miss America Jennifer Berry. 54 Kokernot Heirs 163,166 acres RANCHING At its height, the Kokernot 06 Ranch spread across 288,000 acres in Far West Texas, including the Davis Mountains. Founded in 1837 by David L. Kokernot, it has been in the family ever since. David’s great-grandson Chris Lacy took over managing the 06 in 1971 and continues to run it today. Thanks to the ranch’s mountainous terrain, 16 cowboys and a remuda of over 100 horses work roundups twice a year. 55 Benjamin W. Griffith III 161,644 acres TIMBER Benjy Griffith, as he is known to friends, founded Southern Pine Plantations in Georgia over 25 years ago. It was his love for land that led to his success in timberland; he believes in timber as a growing asset that provides environmental and social benefits. His holdings spread across Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Virginia, Tennessee, Texas, and Montana. “These properties provide not only timber, but also clean air, clean water, wildlife habitats, recreational opportunities, and carbon sequestration,” Griffith says.
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RANCHING D.M. Cogdell founded Tule Ranch 50 years ago, and today his four children run its cattle and Quarter Horse operations. “Daddy always said land was a good investment because the Good Lord probably won’t make any more of it,” says daugther Penny Cogdell Carpenter. “We have every intention of taking care of the land that takes care of us so we can pass it on.” 57 Leo Drey 160,000 acres CONSERVATION Missouri’s Pioneer Forest, owned by the not-for-profit L-A-D Foundation, originated when St. Louis businessman and conservationist Leo Drey began acquiring Missouri land in 1951. In 1954 his holdings grew after a forester warned Drey that National Distillers was planning to clear cut thousands of acres of white oak in the Ozarks. Drey purchased those 90,000 acres and other forested land. In July of 2004 Drey donated fee title to nearly 140,000 acres to the foundation. 58 Eddy Family 160,000 acres TIMBER Port Blakely Companies in the Pacific Northwest has been privately owned by the Eddy family since 1864, and is made up of four separate businesses. This year, its Port Blakely Tree Farms received an environmental excellence award from a Washington state organization for implementing the state’s first voluntary safe harbor agreement, which will create thousands of acres of protected habitat for two federally listed wildlife species. In exchange for entering into the 60-year agreement, the Port Blakely Tree Farms received assurances against the imposition of future regulatory restrictions.
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RANCHING The historic Spanish Ranch and 71 Ranch are the crown jewels of the Ellison Ranching Company. The 71 is a working cattle ranch in Nevada that also offers the chance for guests to ride with the crew as they work the herd.
and efforts such as Everglades restoration. “I love land so much even my hobbies revolve around land. I spend every free weekend at Amistad, my 2,500-acre private shooting preserve,” says J. Pepe Fanjul, company vice chairman, president, and chief operating officer. “Amistad was honored with the Florida Agriculture Board’s award
Clayton and Modesta Williams cherish their time spent with family and friends on their ranches.
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157,375 acres ENERGY Clayton Williams Jr. made his name in the natural gas industry with Clayton Williams Energy Inc. He is still chairman, president, and chief executive officer of the company just as he was when he took it public in 1991. He and his wife, Modesta, are devoted ranchers, with land spreading across six counties in Far West Texas. 61 Fanjul Family 155,000 acres AGRIBUSINESS Headquartered in Palm Beach County, the Fanjul family’s privately owned Florida Crystals is the first (and only) domestic producer of certified organic sugar. The company has a tradition of proactively pursuing eco-friendly production innovations and has worked tirelessly on sustainability initiatives
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of excellence for the way we environmentally manage the land. This recognition was truly special to me, because Amistad is the namesake of one of our family’s ranches in my home country Cuba that was lost after the Communist takeover.” 62 Hearst Family 153,000 acres RANCHING Hearst Ranch is a purveyor of 100 percent grass-fed beef and lamb, along with other gourmet foods, sauces, and olive oils. The family raises its cattle on the Piedra Blanca Rancho, which surrounds Hearst Castle and is one of the largest working ranches on the California coast, and the Jack Ranch in Cholame, whose Circle C brand is the oldest registered brand in the state in use today. The Hearsts focus on well-managed grazing and put together one of the largest land conservation easements in the state’s history.
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RANCHING & TIMBER Emily Garvey Bonavia took the reigns of the family’s privately held Nevada First Corporation in 1993, including its ranching and timber operations, and she still runs it today with the help of son Nicholas. Since last year, says Garvey Bonavia, “I bought land in Oregon and sold some other pieces.” Reports Nevada First President Gary Bengochea, the family sold farmland in Nevada, and their holdings today include around 130,000 acres in Nevada and approximately 20,000 in Oregon. 64 Bass Family 150,000 acres DIVERSIFIED In Texas, where everything seems larger than life, the Bass name is one of the state’s biggest. Patriarch Sid Williams Richardson’s four great-nephews (Sid, Ed, Richard, and Lee) are all on the Forbes 400, and the family’s holdings encompass land throughout the state. All eyes will be on one particular property this coming January: ESPN chose the Bass-developed Sundance Square in Fort Worth as its production headquarters for Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium. 65 Boswell Family 150,000 acres AGRIBUSINESS James Griffin Boswell founded the family’s farming company in California’s San Joaquin Valley, but his nephew James G. Boswell gets the credit for building the family’s empire. He tripled the amount of land he inherited from his uncle and pioneered methods for increasing the farm’s cotton production. Upon his death in 2009, son James W. Boswell took over as CEO of the J.G. Boswell Company. The “family farm” is estimated to
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be the country’s largest cotton producer and one of the largest tomato growers. It also grows wheat, sunflowers, and safflowers. 66 William Henry Green Heirs 150,000 acres RANCHING The first herd that William Henry Green bought in the 1870s were branded with a J, so he adopted it as his own symbol. Today, the cattle on Green Ranch still carry the J brand. Billy Green, William Henry’s grandson, manages the cow-calf and stocker cattle operation. The ranch’s prized horses all hail from its own award-winning broodmare band. 67 Gerald J. Ford 144,580 acres DIVERSIFIED Ford’s Rio Hondo Land & Cattle Company sits in New Mexico’s Hondo Valley, about halfway between Roswell and Ruidoso. Hunts are offered on the property for desert mule deer, elk, aoudad, antelope, and turkey. Ford also owns Diamond A Farms in Versailles, Kentucky, home of his Diamond A Racing, whose Devil May Care finished 10th in this year’s Kentucky Derby. 68 Mike Mechenbier 142,000 acres RANCHING This second-generation New Mexican rancher has three adjoining properties: the Four Daughters Ranch, the Dockery-Collins Ranch, and the Pie Ranch. Mechenbier and his wife, Kathleen, founded the charity Los Niños and established El Ranchito de los Niños, a nonprofit long-term home for children, especially groups of siblings, whose families are unable to care for them. 69 Harrison Family 140,000 acres HORSES
“Harrison Quarter Horses continues to breed the finest quality for barrels, poles, team, calf roping, performance halter, and many other disciplines,” says Ranch Manager Rosemary Harrison. “We’ve been keeping the legend alive since 1941.” That’s the year D.J. Harrison first registered his horses with the American Quarter Horse Association, which bestowed him and his son Dan J. Harrison with the Legacy Award. 70 Thomas Lane 140,000 acres RANCHING Lane runs seven livestock operations, all in Montana, with the help of his sons. “We’re trying to keep this land open,” Lane says. “We haven’t subdivided it and don’t plan to.” It’s been his philosophy since he purchased his first halfsection in 1954. 71 Wells Family 140,000 acres DIVERSIFIED Brothers Preston and John Wells built up their holdings in the 1930s, including the Riverside Hotel on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Today, Preston’s granddaughter Barbara Wells is the sole owner of the family’s Las Olas Company. In 2009, the company’s president, Irving Bowen, was fired and Wells filed suit to also have
him removed from the board of trustees of the family’s trusts—for mismanagement of funds that created a “financial crisis.” At press time, Wells is not believed to have sold significant tracts of land to overcome that crisis. 72 Tom Siebel 135,000 acres AGRIBUSINESS If Siebel’s name sounds familiar, that’s because he founded Siebel Systems (which he sold five years ago to Oracle). He now chairs First Virtual Group, which has operations in agribusiness, real estate, and global investments. He also chairs the Siebel Foundation, which has donated $200 million to education, human health, and fighting poverty. In Montana, the location of his Dearborn and N Bar ranches, he started the Meth Project to fight meth abuse. Credit Siebel with helping to reduce use of the drug by 63 percent. The project has subsequently expanded to eight states. 73 Isaac Ellwood Heirs 130,000 acres RANCHING The Renderbrook Spade Ranch was one of the first to be fenced in Texas, which is only fitting since its founder, Isaac Ellwood, invented barbed wire. Today, in addition to the Renderbrook, there are five
In addition to its storied history, Tom Siebel’s N Bar Ranch is one of the most ecologically diverse properties in the West and spans more than 60,000 contiguous acres. Hall and Hall’s Joel Leadbetter has it listed for $45 million.
Since 1873, cattle on the CS Ranch have been worked on horseback.
more operations in different regions of the Lone Star State. Isaac’s six great-great-grandchildren are on the board of directors for Spade Ranches, as the six ranches are known collectively. 74 JA Ranch Heirs 130,000 acres RANCHING At one time, the JA Ranch in the Texas Panhandle spanned a million acres on both sides of Palo Duro Canyon. Today, the oldest ranch in the Panhandle is run by Cornelia “Ninia” Wadsworth Ritchie, the fourth generation descendant of John Adair, who started the ranch in 1876 with Charles Goodnight. In addition to traditional cattle ranching, the JA remuda produces ranch horses. There is also a hunting program for deer, aoudad, feral hogs, quail, turkey, and dove. 75 Les Davis Heirs 128,000 acres RANCHING Frank Springer founded the CS
Ranch at the base of Northern New Mexico’s stunning Sangre de Cristo Mountains in 1873, and his grandson Les Davis left Dartmouth to join the family operation in 1941. Today, Davis’s six children run the ranch together, which includes cow-calf operations, a horse-breeding program, and hunting and outfitting. 76 Booth Family 125,000 RANCHING Brothers Gary and Mark Booth run their family’s Booth Land and Livestock Ranch, a cow-calf operation near Laramie, Wyoming. Working with Ranch Manager Nick Speiser, they have improved their range not only for their own livestock but also for the wild game that call it home, such as elk, pronghorn, and mule deer. The group has implemented water improvements and modified fences to facilitate wildlife movement. The ranch has been lauded by the state’s Game and Fish Department
for providing public access by enrolling over 45,000 acres in four hunter management areas. 77 Brite Ranch Heirs 125,000 RANCHING James (Jim) White III runs the Brite Ranch in the Capote Mountains of West Texas. The Bar Cross line-bred Herefords may be the oldest in the U.S., and the family continues the tradition of ranch founder Luke Brite’s practice of line breeding. The only thing that’s changed since the ranch was founded in 1885 may be the limited hunting the family allows through Capote Mountain Outfitters, run by James White IV, a fifth-generation member of the family. 78 Crosby Family 125,000 TIMBER Crosby Land and Resources was brought to our attention this year. We were remiss in overlooking the
largest family-owned, non-industrial private timberland company in Louisiana. “We do not own or operate any converting facilities,” Robert H. Crosby III says modestly. “We're just one big tree farm with a focus on maintaining a healthy and sustainable forest for the benefit of current and future generations of family owners.” The privately held company has been operating for over a century in Louisiana and Mississippi. 79 Drummond Family 119,649 acres RANCHING Things were a bit different when Frederick Drummond settled the family’s ranch in the 1880s. His wife didn’t write an award-winning blog similar to the one penned by Ree Drummond (check it out at www.thepioneerwoman.com), which has inspired a movie with Reese Witherspoon cast as Ree. No word on who might play her husband, Ladd, or her brother-inlaw Tim, who run the ranch.
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David Murdock | 117,490 acres 80 FARMING Murdock’s privately held Castle & Cooke owns 98 percent of Hawaii’s island of Lana. His Dole Food Company owns another 26,000 acres on Oahu. Only about 2,700 acres of his Oahu land are used to farm pineapples, however, with a significant portion leased out for use as pasture or in forest reserves. Nearly 3,000 acres of farmland and orchards in California round out his holdings. 81 Moursund Family 115,000 acres RANCHING “It’s all working ranchland,” says Will Stribling Moursund, son of the late A.W. Moursund, a nationally recognized lawyer and statesman. The family’s holdings include property in Oklahoma, Texas, South Dakota, and Nebraska. The Moursunds run Black Angus cross-bred to Charolais. 82 Scharbauer Family 113,532 acres ENERGY The Scharbauers made a fortune from the oil under their lands, and Clarence Scharbauer Jr.’s Valor Farm has produced world-class acehorses such as Alysheba, the 1987 Kentucky Derby winner and 1988 Horse of the Year. A former president of the American Quarter Horse Association, Scharbauer donated $25 million to Midland Memorial Hospital in 2008.
RANCHING Former rocket scientist Richard Evans realized his boyhood dream of living and ranching in the West with the Double V Ranch, which totals just over 122,000 acres including leased and BLM land. Evans and his wife, Victoria, listed the ranch a few years ago for $26 million, but a change of heart (and market) put an end to that plan. 84 Stan Harper 111,420 acres RANCHING In addition to his land and cattle operations, Harper, who hails from New Mexico, has a Texas-based auto industry consultancy business. His registered Angus ranch is in Venus, Texas, while his registered Hereford program is based out of Wagon Mound, New Mexico. Harper also raises bison and Quarter Horses. Over the years he has purchased smaller tracts that join his property and now owns 100,000 acres in New Mexico alone, including the Maes Ranch near the historic ghost town of Maes. 85 Linnebur Family 110,000 acres FARMING Brothers Emmett and Lloyd Linnebur became partners in farming in their youth, although they decided to separate their interests as their families expanded. Both Emmett and Lloyd have since passed away, and their descen-
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Stan Harper’s cattle operations are based in North Texas and Northern New Mexico.
RANCHING The Broken O Ranch stretches between Simms and Augusta in Montana. William Moore, cofounded of Kelly-Moore Paints, purchased 62,000 acres in the 1980s and then added more. Since his passing in 2004, the Broken O has continued under the guidance of his wife, Desiree, and manager Dan Freeman. 87 Reese Family 105,000 acres HUNTING The Rockin’ 7 Ranch has been in the Reese family for nearly 100 years, and the fourth generation has crafted it into an impressive destination for hunters. “The Rockin’ 7 offers a vast acreage of private land, where you will see a lot of game without seeing other hunters,” says Brad Reese. 88 Robinson Family 103,000 acres SECLUSION The Hawaiian island of Ni’ihau has been owned by the Robinson family since it was purchased for $10,000 in gold in 1864. Ni’ihau is the only remaining island where Hawaiian is still spoken as the primary language. The island is off-limits to tourists except for half-day helicopter tours and hunting safaris offered by the island’s current owners, brothers Bruce and Keith Robinson. 89 Milliken Family 100,000 acres TIMBER Roger Milliken Jr. is chairman of The Nature Conservancy’s board of directors, a position he has held since October 2008. He is also a trustee for The Nature
Conservancy in Maine, where his family’s Baskahegan Company owns and manages 100,000 acres of forestland. The company has been recognized for respecting the dynamics of natural systems in its timber management, and its forest has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council since 2004. 90 John Hampton 100,000 acres TIMBER Bud Hampton started the familyowned Hampton Affiliates with just one mill in 1935, and today Hampton Lumber Sales is one of the largest forest product wholesalers in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to the family’s acreage in Oregon and Washington, the Hamptons also manage close to 300,000 additional acres in British Columbia. Today the third generation of Hamptons, David and Jamey, pitch in and help their father, John, manage the family’s international holdings. 91 Beggs Family 100,000 acres RANCHING The much-respected Beggs family has holdings across seven counties in West Texas. Their cow-calf operations are overseen by the fourth generation of Beggses, and the family has been honored with the Charles Goodnight Award and the American Quarter Horse Association’s Legacy Award. 92 Powell Heirs 100,000 acres RANCHING One of the Powells’ spreads is the Six Mile Ranch, located six miles outside Fort McKavett, Texas. The Powells have been breeding Herefords there since 1954; the annual Powell Hereford Production Sale is now a much-anticipated event. Third-generation rancher and Rice alumnus Jimmy Powell has received many accolades.
The Yates family’s fortune is built on New Mexico’s abundant energy resources and also includes prime grasslands in the southeast portion of the state.
Walter Umphrey 100,000 acres RANCHING The Beaumont attorney, whose ranches are primarily in South Texas, is probably best known for being a member of the Tobacco Five—the trial lawyers who helped negotiate the landmark settlement between the tobacco industry and the State of Texas. “I’m a big believer in land,” Umphrey says. “They can’t burn it, and they can’t steal it.” 94 Dennis Washington 100,000 acres DIVERSIFIED Rising from humble beginnings, Montana-based industrialist and entrepreneur Washington is today one of the Forbes 400. He built a successful heavy construction business that diversified into mining, transportation, heavy equipment, environmental remediation, aviation, and real estate development. He and his wife, Phyllis, are also major philanthropists.
Yates Family 100,000 acres ENERGY & RANCHING Patriarch Martin Yates Jr. discovered the first commercial oil well in New Mexico, and his sons continued his wildcatting legacy. Yates Petroleum Corporation, with headquarters in Artesia, is one of the largest producers of oil and natural gas in the state. The Yates family’s holdings range across New Mexico, including the Ojo Feliz Ranch. 96 Butler Heirs 97,389 acres RANCHING The Fort Union Ranch has been in the Butler family for over 100 years. This New Mexico spread surrounds the Fort Union National Monument, which stands on land donated by the family in 1954. Built to protect the Santa Fe Trail, it was the largest fort in the Southwest and played a part in much history, including the Confederate defeat at Glorieta Pass.
Aubrey McClendon 97,036 acres ENERGY & RANCHING In 2010, Chesapeake Energy’s chairman and CEO decided to sell his 271 Ranch in the heart of whitetail country outside Antlers, Oklahoma. Located farthest from Chesapeake’s Oklahoma City headquarters in Choctaw County, the income-producing cattle ranch was the property he visited least frequently. Eshleman-Vogt Family
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RANCHING Just outside of the South Texas town of Hebbronville lies the Eshleman-Vogt Ranch, a working cattle ranch with renowned whitetail deer hunting. Thanks to an intensive management program, the ranch has long been a popular destination with sportsmen. The Eshleman-Vogt, says Brian Vogt, “has been in the family since the late 1880s.”
Joe Finley Jr. 89,000 acres RANCHING At its height, the Callaghan Ranch in South Texas once covered a much larger area in the range of approximately a quarter-million acres. Down through the decades, acreage was reduced, and today it stands at 89,000. In addition to running cattle, the Callaghan has a substantial hunting operation with trophy whitetail deer. 100 Millard Morris 89,000 acres RANCHING The Tongue River Ranch, which Morris bought in 1997, spans four counties in the Texas Panhandle. Run as a working cow-calf operation, it’s also known for its Quarter Horse breeding program. Recently, CBS reporter Harry Smith spent a day at the ranch. The segment aired this summer under the title “Harry Smith’s Dream Job.”
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