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These People Own the Most Land in America

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10. King Ranch heirs
> Land area: 911,215 acres
> Roughly equal to: Three times the size of Los Angeles

The King Ranch heirs own a four-parcel ranch in southern Texas that spreads across 825,000 acres, making it the largest ranch in the state. The ranch spawned from land that was originally purchased by Captain Richard King in 1853 and subsequently passed down through generations.

Source: Subway Restaurants

9. Peter Buck
> Land area: 925,000 acres
> Roughly equal to: Three-quarters of Grand Canyon National Park

Peter Buck made his fortune as a founding partner of the Subway restaurant franchise. Buck is the owner of Tall Timber Trust, one of the largest owners of timberland in Maine. All told, Buck owns 925,000 acres.

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8. Singleton family
> Land area: 1.1 million acres
> Roughly equal to: Three times the size of Houston

The Singleton family owns a number of ranches, mostly in New Mexico. The family’s 1.1 million acres of land also includes land in California.

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7. Brad Kelley
> Land area: 1.2 million acres
> Roughly equal to: Twice the size of Jacksonville, FL

Brad Kelley’s investment group purchased the 762 acre Calumet Farm, a thoroughbred horse breeding and training facility in Kentucky, in 2012. Today, much of Kelley’s 1.2 million acres are located in Kentucky.

Source: Irving Oil

6. Irving family
> Land area: 1.2 million acres
> Roughly equal to: As large as Anchorage, AK

The Irving family is the sixth largest private landholder in the United States. In addition to the 1.2 million acres the family owns, primarily in Maine, the Irvings also own some 1.9 million acres in Canada. The family businesses include lumber, newspapers, and petrochemicals.