26 – Jones Heirs – 255,000 acres

The Joneses are tight-lipped about their South Texas landholdings, but previous reports show the family owning more than 250,000 acres. The accumulation of land started more than a century ago with William Whitby Jones, and now continues with A.C. Jones

Posted in Texas

23 – Jeff Bezos – 290,000 acres founder Bezos, 44, is a regular on the Forbes 400. His $8.7 billion fortune (Forbes’s 2008 estimate) enables him to fund a space flight company called Blue Origin. The company tested its first developmental vehicle in November 2006. The

Posted in Texas

24 – Collier Family – 280,000 acres

The Collier family has had a substantial presence in the Sunshine State since the early part of the 20th century, when Barron Gift Collier headed south from New York City and bought more  than a million acres in southwest Florida.

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25 – Babbitt Ranches – 270,000 acres

The Babbitt Ranches are a 120-year-old cow-calf and yearling operation where home on the range still includes a bedroll and chuck wagon. The ranchlands encompass 700,000 acres, 270,000 of which are deeded, and extend from the Grand Canyon to the

Posted in Arizona

33 – Koch Family – 230,000 acres

Dixie cups, Brawny paper towels, Stainmaster carpet–these are a few of the consumer products produced by Koch Industries, one of the world’s largest privately held companies. Among the family’s holdings are the Matador Cattle Company in Texas and another 92,000

Posted in Kansas, Missouri, Texas

31 – D.K. Boyd – 243,437 acres

A Lubbock oilman, Boyd acquired the 137,372-acre Frying Pan Ranch in 1996 and the 106,065-acre LE Ranch in 1998. The two cattle ranches are among the most historic in the West Texas/Southeast New Mexico region and date back to the

Posted in New Mexico, Texas

34 – Tim Blixseth – 213,895 acres

Blixseth made his fortune in timber, but recently shifted focus to the luxury resort business. In the 1990s, he and his wife, Edra, developed the country’s only private golf and ski resort, the Yellowstone Club, on 13,400 acres in Big

Posted in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming

32 – Langdale Family – 240,000 acres

Based in Valdosta, Georgia, the Langdale Company dates back to 1894. Founder John Wesley Langdale died in 1911 and left his property to his three sons, one of whom was Harley Langdale Sr. Harley acquired more and more land, most

Posted in Georgia

20 – The Lyda Family – 320,035 acres

Gerald Lyda was a San Antonio general contractor who built landmarks such as the Tower of the Americas and the Alamodome. But cowboying was in his blood, and he loved to buy and sell ranches throughout the Southwest. Just ask top-ranked Ted Turner,

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