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Landmarks, Landowners, Ranchland, Sporting Properties, Timberland

2016 Land Report 100: Ted Turner

The Osage Nation originally received 1.5 million acres from Congress, but those lands were parceled off with the passage of the 1906 Osage Allotment Act.

No. 2 Ted Turner

2,000,000+ acres (down 43,000 acres)
In June, Turner Ranches sold the 43,000-acre Bluestem Ranch in Oklahoma to the Osage Nation for $74 million. During Turner’s 15-year ownership tenure, the Bluestem produced bison to restock herds on Turner Ranches in Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, and North Dakota. The acquisition proved especially poignant for the 20,190 Osage. “This is the same land our ancestors walked 100 years ago,” said Osage Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear. “We are working with the federal government to expedite a process which will return this land to federal Indian reservation status. This means this land will be held in federal trust for us, the Osage living today, and for the generations to come. We cannot ever again be separated from this land and our heritage.”

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The Land Report Fall 2013

With 2.2 million acres, John Malone takes top honors for the third consecutive year. His love of land, coupled with his wife’s love of horses, led to several key acquisitions, including a historic Irish castle just south of Dublin and two properties in Wellington, the epicenter of Florida’s equestrian community.
At more than 2 million acres, Ted Turner runs a close second to his good friend. Turner enjoys the distinction of being New Mexico’s largest landowner, and he capitalized on that honor by acquiring the historic Sierra Grande Lodge and Spa in Truth or Consequences. Guests at the Lodge will be able to enjoy tours of Turner’s 156,439-acre Ladder Ranch and his 362,885-acre Armendaris Ranch.
Thanks to his acquisition of the Broken O Ranch, Denver Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke moved up from No. 10 on last year’s list to No. 8 in the rankings. Among the newcomers to this year’s list are Texas’s Wilks Brothers, founders of Frac Tech. Their prized jewel is Montana’s 60,000-acre N Bar Ranch, which they acquired from former Land Report 100er Tom Siebel, founder of Siebel Systems. Another new name on the list is Arthur Nicholas, who serves on the board of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Nicholas is the owner of Wyoming’s historic Wagonhound Land and Livestock Co., which is the subject of a new book by Land Reporters Wyman Meinzer and Henry Chappell.
We invite you to be among the first to view the complete rundown of America’s top landowners, which is available exclusively on the Fay Ranches website. Click here to download your PDF today.

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