Special Report

These People Own the Most Land in America

Source: Karen Fasimpaur / Wikimedia Commons

50. Hadley family
> Land area: 260,000 acres
> Roughly equal to: The size of Hong Kong

The Hadley family, Anheuser-Busch heirs, own 260,000 acres, including the massive Diamond A Ranch, which makes up a substantial part of New Mexico’s southwestern tip.

Source: Ken Lund / Flickr

49. Lyda family
> Land area: 260,035 acres
> Roughly equal to: The size of San Antonio

The Lydas are Texas cattle ranchers and landowners. Their properties include the massive La Escalera ranch in far West Texas.

Source: Montana State Legislature

48. Galt family
> Land area: 262,000 acres
> Roughly equal to: 2,500 times the size of Vatican City

The Galts are a family of cattle ranchers with a number of large properties in Montana, including the Martinsdale Ranch. Errol Galt is the former Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Game commissioner.

Source: Courtesy of The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

47. Anne Marion
> Land area: 275,000 acres
> Roughly equal to: Three times the size of Detroit

Anne Marion owns several major properties in Texas, including the famous 6666, or “Four Sixes” cattle ranch in the Southern Panhandle, which is close to 150 years old.

Source: New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

46. Lee family
> Land area: 275,000 acres
> Roughly equal to: Twice the size of Chicago

The Lee Family owns an estimated 275,000 acres in New Mexico. The Lees are sheep and cattle ranchers who owe some of their wealth to the discovery of uranium and coal on their property in the western half of the state.