Special Report

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 ranches in southern Texas that spread across over 900,000 acres. The ranch spawned from land was originally purchased by Captain Richard King in 1853 and subsequently passed down through generations.

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9. Singleton family
> Land area: 1,110,000 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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8. Brad Kelley
> Land area: 1,139,984 acres
> Roughly equal to: Half the size of Puerto Rico

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

Source: Courtesy of Subway Restaurants

7. Peter Buck
> Land area: 1,236,000 acres
> Roughly equal to: TThe size of Trinidad and Tobago

Peter Buck made his fortune as a founding partner of the Subway restaurant franchise. Buck is the owner of Tall Timbers Trust, one of the largest owners of timberland in Maine. All told, Buck owns over 1.2 million acres, primarily in maine.

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6. Irving family
> Land area: 1,247,880 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 about 2 million acres in Canada.