The Land Report

Winter 2014

The Magazine of the American Landowner is an essential guide for investors, landowners, and those interested in buying or selling land. The award-winning quarterly is known for its annual survey of America's largest landowners, The Land Report 100.

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104 The LandReport | W I N T E R 2 0 1 4 LANDREPORT.COM The L and Report 100 M edia magnate William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951) made history with his newspaper publishing empire, but it was his father, George Hearst (1820-1891), who built the family fortune. And it all began with land. (See Henry Chappell's profile of Hearst Ranch in the Summer 2014 issue of The Land Report.) The elder Hearst was a Missouri native who ventured to California as a 49er. A decade later, he and his partners hit pay dirt with the Comstock Lode, the biggest silver rush in American history. Hearst parlayed this success into sundry other mining interests, including South Dakota's Homestake gold mine and Montana's Anaconda copper mine. He also bought 48,000 acres of ranchland near the tiny town of San Simeon in Central California. He eventually expanded that initial purchase to 270,000 acres. Today, the family's rural landholdings in California include the 80,000-acre Piedra Blanca Rancho at San Simeon, the 73,000-acre Jack Ranch near Cholame, and 61,000 acres of timberland in Northern California. STEVE E. MILLER 46 Hearst Family 214,000 acres Above: According to Steve Hearst, "regardless of where any family member lives in the world, whenever they drive through the gates at San Simeon, they all think they're home."

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