These People Own the Most Land in America

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45. Babbitt heirs
> Land area: 275,000 acres
> Roughly equal to: Eighty times the size of Los Angeles International Airport

The Babbitts are long-time Arizona cattle ranchers who have been in the area since 1886. They own several large ranches in the northern part of the state.

Source: Billy Hathorn / Wikimedia Commons

44. Killam family
> Land area: 277,000 acres
> Roughly equal to: One quarter the size of Grand Canyon National Park

The Killam family deals largely in cattle and oil, with ranches in Texas and Oregon and oil operations in Louisiana, Nebraska, Kansas, Arkansas, and Texas.

Source: Courtesy of Kokernot o6 Ranch

43. Kokernot heirs
> Land area: 278,000 acres
> Roughly equal to: Three times the size of Detroit

The Kokernot family’s 06 Ranch brand registered in Texas since 1837. Both the Family’s 06 Ranch and Leoncita Cattle Company Ranch are in West Texas.

Source: Eric Kounce / Wikimedia Commons

42. Fasken family
> Land area: 279,128 acres
> Roughly equal to: Ten and a half times the size of Hilton Head Island, SC

David Fasken, a Canadian, bought a ranch in West Texas in 1913. The discovery of oil on that ranch propelled Fasken to wealth, and now Fasken Oil & Ranch is a major oil drilling company that has heavily employed fracking technology. The Faskens have several major properties in West Texas.

Source: Courtesy of University of South Florida

41. Collier family
> Land area: 280,000 acres
> Roughly equal to: One-tenth the size of Puerto Rico

Baron Collier was an advertising executive who developed land and infrastructure in southern Florida. Collier was the largest landholder in the state at the time of his death. Today, his family owns some 280,000 acres, primarily in Collier County, which is named after him.