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O'Conner, Thomas
Number of acres: 580,000
Where the land is: Texas
After emigrating from Ireland, Thomas O.Connor was awarded a sizable 
chunk of land in what is now Texas, and the rest is history. At one point, 
O.Connor sold his herd of cattle and bought more property. A fortune from 
drilling oil padded the family coffers and increased the amount of land it 
owns. Today his heirs claim 580,000 acres in southeast Texas.

Lykes, Howell
Number of acres: 615,000
Where the land is: Florida, Texas
What started out as a small farm managed by former doctor Howell Lykes 
is now a family enterprise that is one of the largest landowners in the 
United States. The property in Florida is home to cattle, forestry, and 
sugarcane operations. The Lykes family also owns O2 Ranch, which comprises 
more than 272,000 acres in west Texas.

Ford, Kenneth
Number of acres: 625,000
Where the land is: California, Oregon
What started out as Kenneth Ford.s small sawmill in southern Oregon has 
morphed into Roseburg Forest Products. Still based in Oregon, the company 
owns land there and in California, plus sites in four other states and a 
planned facility in South Carolina. Add it all up and it equals well over 
600,000 acres.

Briscoe, Dolph
Number of acres: 640,000
Where the land is: Texas
The Briscoe family has been in Texas for generations. Former Lone Star State 
governor Dolph Briscoe inherited the land from his father, and now Dolph.s 
descendants run the private Briscoe Ranch Company, which raises cattle. Their 
holdings recently increased and now they own 640,000 acres of Texas grassland.

Wilks, Farris
Wilks, Dan
Number of acres: 672,000
Where the land is: Idaho, Montana, Texas
Farris Wilks and brother Dan Wilks are former bricklayers who earned a fortune 
in fracking. In addition to donating to religious right-wing causes, the 
brothers are using their fortune to buy up massive amounts of land. The duo 
own hundreds of thousands of acres in Texas, plus property in Idaho and 
Montana, which makes them some of the biggest property owners in the country.

Pingree, David
Number of acres: 830,000
Where the land is: Maine
The heirs of Maine native David Pingree own the land that helped him start 
his lumber company. Today, that company is known as 7 Islands Land Company 
and it owns subsidiaries, such as Maine Wood Company, Moosewood Millworks, 
and Orion Timberlands. All told, the company owns 830,000 acres of Maine 
forest it harvests for its operations.

Number of acres: 911,215
Where the land is: Florida, Texas
If you.ve been to southeast Texas, chances are you.ve rubbed shoulders with 
land owned by King Ranch. The Texas property is where King Ranch, Inc., raises 
cattle, among other endeavors. In Florida, it farms citrus and sugarcane. 
All told, the ranch owns more than 900,000 acres of U.S. land, putting it in 
the top 10.

Kelley, Brad
Number of acres: 1 million
Where the land is: Florida, Kentucky, Texas
Kelley made his estimated $2.3 billion fortune from cigarettes, but it.s 
no stretch to say he.s used his money for more wholesome ends. He owns vast 
swaths of ranchland in Texas, has property in Florida, Hawaii, and Tennessee, 
and purchased a horse racing farm in Kentucky in 2012.

Singleton, Henry
Number of acres: 1.1 million
Where the land is: California, New Mexico
Henry Singleton founded industrial giant Teledyne Technologies. The company.s 
success helped Singleton earn a vast fortune, and he purchased San Cristobal 
ranch in New Mexico with his money. His descendants own that land, plus other 
ranchland in California. All told, it.s over 1 million acres, making the 
family one of the largest landowners in the country.

Irving, J.D.
Number of acres: 1.25 million
Where the land is: Maine
J.D. Irving is the man who founded his namesake Canadian company that has its 
hands in several industries, including forestry. The Irving family, which 
still runs the company, owns nearly 1.25 million acres of woodland in Maine, 
but it claims even more land in Canada. Its U.S. holdings alone make the 
family one of the biggest landowners in the country.

Reed Family
Number of acres: 1.37 million
Where the land is: California, Oregon, Washington
The Reed family owns and operates Green Diamond Resources Company. The family 
and company own land in California, Oregon, and Washington, where it harvests 
trees for its lumber products. The Land Report writes the company harvests 
just 2% of the land each year, but that tiny amount works out to be 42 square 
miles.

Kroenke, Stan
Number of acres: 1.38 million
Where the land is: Montana, Texas, Wyoming
One of the richest and most-hated sports owners in the United States is also 
one of the country.s biggest landowners. Kroenke recently added more than 
500,000 acres to his total with the purchase of the Waggoner Ranch in Texas. 
To put that in perspective, CBS Sports notes that amount is more than 
New York City and Los Angeles combined. He also bought several thousand of 
acres in Wyoming, but his most high-profile purchase is the 300 acres he 
bought in Los Angeles, where he is building the L.A. Stadium at Hollywood Park.

Emmerson, Red
Number of acres: 1.95 million
Where the land is: California, Washington
A lumber company started by Red Emmerson morphed into Sierra Pacific 
Industries. The company is still in the lumber business, and it harvests from 
its own vast land holdings in California and Washington. The company and its 
property are family owned, making Red Emmerson and his family the third-largest
landowners in the United States.

Malone, John
Number of acres: 2.2 million
Where the land is: Colorado, Maine, New Hampshire
A ranch in Colorado was one of the earliest major land purchases made by 
Malone, a mogul who is chairman of media group Liberty Global. He also has 
his hands in many other business ventures. Most of his property is in Maine, 
where he personally owns 5% of the state.s land. He is the largest landowner 
in the U.S., and he has even more to his name that doesn.t contribute to 
the 2.2 million acres: He has been on a spending spree buying up property 
in Ireland.