Topping the list again this year is John Malone, with 2.2 million acres. The cable titan added to his landholdings this year, with the purchase of two properties in the posh horse country of Wellington, Fla., totaling more than 120 acres.
Ted Turner ranked second again with 2 million acres—making Malone and Turner the Gates/Buffett of landholdings.
Most of the top landholders are families that either own or owned timber companies, like the Emmerson family and Irving family.
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But the big changes in the list were further down the ranks, with Stan Kroenke—the real estate and sports magnate— vaulting from No. 10 to 8. He purchased the Broken O Ranch last November, giving him an additional 125,000 acres and bringing his total to 848,571 acres.
Some other big landowners include Jeff Bezos, with 290,000 acres, the Koch family with 239,000 acres and hedge fund titan Louis Moore Bacon, with 215,990 acres.