Special Report

These People Own the Most Land in America

Source: Nate Loper / Flickr

43. Babbitt Heirs
> Land area: 275,000 acres
> Roughly equal to: 80 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: New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

43. 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 part of the state.

Source: Courtesy of The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

43. 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: Billy Hathorn / Wikimedia Commons

42. 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.

Source: Courtesy of Kokernot o6 Ranch

41. 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.