Brad Kelley | No. 8
1,139,984 ACRES (down 10,016 acres)
The Wall Street Journal christened Kelley as “The Man With a Million Acres” in 2012. Kelley has, in fact, bought and sold millions of acres nationwide. As 2019 came to a close, he brought to market more than half a million acres of his TRANS-PECOS holdings including the 420,000-acre Brewster Ranches, which is listed with King Land & Water. Pieced together over a span of decades, this massive single block of ranchland, which spans 57 miles from east to west, is an assemblage of 22 historic ranches, many of which date back to the settlement of the Texas frontier in the late 19th century. In addition to being marketed as a single mega ranch for $319 million, the five principal components of Brewster Ranches are available individually: 196,000-acre Dove Mountain Ranch for $149,940,000; 117,000-acre Rio Texico Ranch for $85,995,000; 52,022-acre Y.E. Mesa Ranch for $40,317,050; 34,123-acre Horse Mountain Ranch for $28,151,475; and 19,814-acre Tesnus Ranch for $15,554,171.
Farther west in Brewster County, Kelley has listed his 10,000- acre Cathedral Mountain Ranch with King Land & Water and Carpenter Real Estate for $24 million. And even further west in Culberson and Hudspeth Counties, King Land & Water and Chas S. Middleton and Son share the $60,567,075 listing of the Eagle Mountain and Carrizo Mountain Ranches, a sky island mountain habitat that includes 76,185 deeded acres and 20,859 acres of Texas Pacific Trust and General Land Office leases. Additional acreage owned by Kelley adjoining the Eagle Mountain and Carrizo Mountains Ranches is also available. All told, it would facilitate the creation of a 125,000-acre deeded ownership in the Eagle Mountains.
Is it our imagination, or does the moniker Man With A Million Acres not do justice to this prodigious landowner?