The Land Report

Winter 2017

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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106 The LandReport | W I N T E R 2 0 1 7 LANDREPORT.COM Simplot Family 443,000 acres Jack Simplot (1909–2008) quit school and left home in eighth grade. In the 1940s, he pioneered the frozen french fry. At one time the exclusive french fry supplier to McDonald's, Simplot later expanded his farming and ranching empire to Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. Today, Simplot Land & Livestock ranks as one of the top 10 US ranches for cow-calf production and feedlot capacity. e family farms other crops including corn, wheat, and, of course, potatoes on nearly 83,000 acres primarily in Washington and Idaho. Fisher Family 440,000 acres Gap cofounders Donald and Doris Fisher own Mendocino Redwood Company and Pacific Lumber, now known as Humboldt Redwood. In 2017, the Fishers funded the Redwood Valley and Santa Rosa Com- munity Recovery Fund to benefit those displaced by the Nuns, the Tubbs, and the Redwood Valley Fires. In addition to matching donations, the Fishers cover all related administrative costs. Philip Anschutz 434,500 acres In 1982, the Kansas native sold his stake in the Anschutz Ranch East Field to Mobil for $500 million. He subsequently parlayed those gains into a host of other industries, including railroads, telecom, hospitality, entertainment, and professional sports. His portfolio includes the Los Angeles Kings and a piece of the Lakers as well as their home court, the Staples Center. With regard to his landholdings, the Anschutz Corporation has invested more than $100 million to develop Anschutz's 320,000-acre Overland Trail Ranch and create the nation's largest wind farm. Larger in size than Rocky Mountain National Park, the Overland Trail Ranch is buffeted by Class 6 and Class 7 winds and is the focal point for the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project. When fully operational, it is projected to generate up to 3,000 megawatts of clean, sustainable electricity. Hough concerns about protecting sage grouse have slowed progress, Anschutz's Power Company of Wyoming is targeting 2020 to begin generating electricity to power 1 million California households. Jeff Bezos 400,000 acres One of the nation's top landowners set off a bidding frenzy in 2017, and it was all about land, specifically urban acreage. On September 7, AMZN announced plans to open Amazon HQ2, a second company headquarters in North America. Cities coast to coast are currently vying for the opportunity, which is expected to generate 50,000 new jobs for the winning metropo- lis and require $5 billion in construction costs from Amazon. According to a press release, Amazon's capital investments in Seattle have resulted in an additional $38 billion to the city's economy. Holding Family 400,000 acres Robert Earl Holding's heirs own Wyoming- based Sinclair Oil and Gas, which the late patriarch purchased in 1976. He following year, Holding acquired Idaho's Sun Valley Resort, one of the last family-owned ski resorts in the country. His heirs also retain ownership of Utah's Snowbasin Resort, a property with 3,000 skiable acres noted for its environmental stewardship. 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 28 | The L and Report 100 No. 26 The Fisher family, through their timber companies, established the Redwood Valley and Santa Rosa Community Recovery Fund to offset the impact of the North Bay Fires. SHUTTERSTOCK

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