Special Report

These People Own the Most Land in America

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35. 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 11,800 acre Broseco Ranch, which contains two lakes that are 100 acres in size.

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34. Shannon Kizer
> Land area: 302,000 acres
> Roughly equal to: The size of Phoenix, Arizona

Shannon Kizer owns 302,000 acres across five states: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Shannon’s farming and ranching operations produce peanuts, corn, wheat, dairy, and cattle.

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33. Collins family
> Land area: 311,395 acres
> Roughly equal to: Twice the size of Chicago

The late Truman Collins was a lumberman who became the largest private landholder in Pennsylvania before his death in 1914. Today, his living family members own over 311,000 acres of land in northern California and western Pennsylvania.

Source: Courtesy of Utah State Democratic Committee

32. Robinson and Freed families
> Land area: 314,159 acres
> Roughly equal to: The size of Los Angeles

Collectively, the Robinson and Freed families own 314,000 acres in partnership. Their land primarily consists of six cattle ranches in Utah.

Source: Colorado Parks and Wildlife

31. Stefan Soloviev
> Land area: 335,914 acres
> Roughly equal to: The size of Phoenix, Arizona

Though he resides in New York City, Stefan Soloviev owns over 335,000 acres of land across New Mexico, Kansas, and Texas. Much of the land is used to grow crops like wheat, corn, and sorghum.