These People Own the Most Land in America

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Source: Courtesy of the World Wildlife Fund

40. Bass family
> Land area: 285,000 acres
> Roughly equal to: One-tenth the size of Connecticut

The Bass family fortune, like those held by many of the entries on this list, comes from oil and cattle ranching. Ed Bass helped build the brand-new $540 million Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas, which opened in late October 2019. The family also owns San Jose Island on the Texas Gulf Coast.

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39. Barta family
> Land area: 286,000 acres
> Roughly equal to: One-fifth the size of Delaware

The Barta family, which owes its wealth to its prescription services company, Sav-Rx, now owns one of the largest cattle ranching operations in Nebraska. The family owns numerous properties throughout the northern and eastern part of the state.

Source: Courtesy of Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association

38. Llano Partners
> Land area: 295,000 acres
> Roughly equal to: Three and a half times the size of Philadelphia

Under the livestock feeding company Llano Partners Ltd., Hughes Abell owns and operates ranching operations in New Mexico, Texas, and Florida. Abell currently serves as the vice president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, a tradegroup with membership exceeding 15,000 in Texas and Oklahoma alone.

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37. Mike Smith
> Land area: 295,980 acres
> Roughly equal to: Twice the size of Guam

Mike Smith owns nearly 300,000 acres, which are primarily spread throughout eastern Texas. His properties include the 11,830 Broseco Ranch, which contains two lakes that are 100 acres in size.

Source: Courtesy of Utah State Democratic Committee

36. Robinson & Freed families
> Land area: 300,000 acres
> Roughly equal to: The size of Los Angeles

Collectively, the Robinson and Freed families own 300,000 acres in partnership. Their land is primarily made of up six cattle ranches in Utah.