These Are the 20 Biggest Landowners in the United States

While corporations can always offer more stock, and governments can always issue more bonds, there is one asset that has had a pretty fixed supply on earth for the last several million years: Land. And some Americans own quite a lot of that asset.

The Land Report publishes an annual ranking of the biggest private landowners in the US, as measured by total acreage. According to their most recent list, each of the 20 individuals and families that own the most land hold over a half-million acres each.

Many of the biggest landowners are families with deep, inter-generational roots, holding vast swathes of ranch or timberland across the country for decades. Some are more recent entries, with successful businesspeople in industries like telecommunications or fast food investing their wealth in the world’s oldest asset.

Check out the 20 biggest private landowners in the US, according to The Land Report!

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  1. Thank God Turner has 2 million acres and the largest buffalo herd in the world. If it weren’t for Mr. Turner then our national treasured buffalo would be listed as another endangered species and the few left would only be seen in Zoos!!! What a wonderful way to use his land.

  2. Native Americans used to own this whole continent until someone else decided they deserved to have it instead!!! There are no guarantees in this life.

  3. Mike Richmond

    Thanks for the information. Timberland owners have a responsibility to present and future generations to manage their resources to ensure present and future generations will be able to enjoy the land and environment. I hope the practice of clear-cutting forest tracts that remove every last tree from the site has gone the way of the dinosaur.

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