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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The L and Report 100 98 The Land Report | W I N T E R 2 0 1 4 LANDREPORT.COM 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | Hughes Family 390,000 acres up 17,000 acres This family has eight decades' worth of oil and gas know-how and success, and they've invested a portion of those profits in land. Recent purchases in Montana, Wyoming, and Texas upped their total acreage by 17,000 acres. The majority of land is used for cattle ranching, grazing, and hunting leases. Malone Mitchell 3rd 384,000 acres One of this energy entrepreneur's smartest moves? Selling a redeveloped South Texas oil field to Chevron in 1994. That set the stage for several of his West Texas acquisitions, including the mineral-rich Pinion Field. The family takes particular pride in its 350,000-acre Longfellow Ranch, a mecca for deer and elk hunters. Wilks Brothers 347,500 acres up 36,000 acres The two Texans have been steadily adding to their Montana holdings, which now total more than 311,000 acres, mostly in the eastern part of the state. According to, they acquired an additional 36,000 acres in Idaho. The Wilks launched a website,, to dispel rumors about their plans for the 62,000-acre N Bar Ranch, which they bought in 2011: "Simply said, the Wilkses are interested in reestablishing a premier Black Angus ranch at the N-Bar." Collins Family 310,472 acres Before his death, Truman Doud Collins pieced together a profitable collection of timber forests, manufacturing plants, railroads, and Pennsylvania-based sawmills. Son Everell Collins relocated the forest- product company headquarters to Portland and purchased even more forestland along the way: in California, Washington, and Oregon. The family's firm was an early adopter of biodiversity and sustainability practices put forth by the U.S. Forest Stewardship Council. Nunley Brothers 301,500 acres Legendary Texas cattleman Red Nunley took up ranching more than seven decades ago and partnered with other landowners to improve breeding techniques. Today, Nunley Brothers Ranches is owned and managed by Red's grandsons, Richard and Bob. They run cattle on ranches spanning from South Texas to the Texas Hill Country and across the Trans-Pecos to Alpine. Jeff Bezos 290,000 acres Last December, Bezos's private aerospace firm announced it had successfully test-fired a rocket engine at its Far West Texas launch facility, located on Bezos's 290,000-acre Corn Ranch. Collier Family 280,000 acres For more than a century, the Colliers have had a hand in shaping Southwest Florida. Under the leadership of the late Barron KENTON ROWE Texas's Wilks brothers are adamant that they plan to continue running Montana's N Bar, which they acquired in 2011, as a cattle ranch. No. 22

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