Special Report

These People Own the Most Land in America

Source: Courtesy of University of South Florida

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

Barron 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.

Source: Eric Kounce / Wikimedia Commons

39. Fasken family
> Land area: 280,648 acres
> Roughly equal to: The size of Barbados

David Fasken, a Canadian, bought a ranch in West Texas in 1913. The discovery of oil on that ranch added to the family’s 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 Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association

38. Llano Partners
> Land area: 284,000 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 president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.

Source: Courtesy of the World Wildlife Fund

37. 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.

Source: Runner1928 / Wikimedia Commons

36. 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, also owns one of the largest cattle ranching operations in Nebraska. The family owns numerous properties throughout the northern and eastern part of the state.

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