5. Stan Kroenke
> Land area: 1,380,000 acres
> Roughly equal to: The size of Prince Edward Island
Real estate mogul and owner of the Los Angeles Rams, Stan Kroenke, owns 1.4 million acres of land in the United States, including a 124,000-acre ranch in Montana and additional land in Wyoming. Kroenke is married to Ann Walton Kroenke, an heiress to the Walmart fortune.
4. Reed family
> Land area: 1,726,295 acres
> Roughly equal to: Half the size of Connecticut
For five generations, the Reed family has owned and operated the logging company Green Diamond Resource Co. The family’s 1.7 million acres of land are primarily spread across Washington, Oregon, and California.
3. Ted Turner
> Land area: 2,000,000 acres
> Roughly equal to: Twice as large as Rhode Island
CNN founder Ted Turner owns 2 million acres of land largely in New Mexico, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Georgia. Much of Turner’s land is used as grazing land for over 50,000 head of buffalo — the largest private bison herd in the world.
2. Emmerson family
> Land area: 2,078,032 acres
> Roughly equal to: A third of the size of Vermont
The Emmerson family owns and operates Sierra Pacific Industries, a company that logs usable lumber after forest fires and sells it to lumber retailers. Through Sierra Pacific, the family owns some 2 million acres in California and Washington.
1. John Malone
> Land area: 2,200,000 acres
> Roughly equal to: Half the size of Lake Ontario
John Malone is the largest private landowner in the United States. Malone made his fortune as a media tycoon, building the company Tele-Communications, Inc, or TCI, and acting as its CEO before selling it to AT&T for $50 billion in 1999. Malone’s 2.2 million acres are largely located in Maine, New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming and include profitable cattle ranches.
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