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The 20 biggest landowners in America

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  Land is probably the oldest asset in human history.
  
  According to The Land Report's annual list of the top private
  landowners in the US, the 20 biggest individual and family
  landowners in the country own over a half-million acres each.
  
  
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  While corporations can always offer more stock, and governments
  can always issue more bonds, there is one asset that has had a
  pretty fixed supply on earth for the last several million years:
  Land. And some Americans own quite a lot of that asset.

  The
  Land Report publishes an annual ranking of the biggest
  private landowners in the US, as measured by total acreage.
  According to their most recent list, each of the 20 individuals
  and families that own the most land hold over a half-million
  acres each.

  Many of the biggest landowners are families with deep,
  inter-generational roots, holding vast swathes of ranch or
  timberland across the country for decades. Some are more recent
  entries, with successful businesspeople in industries like
  telecommunications or fast food investing their wealth in the
  world's oldest asset.

  Here are the 20 biggest private landowners in the US as of 2018,
  according to The Land Report:

  • Land is probably the oldest asset in human history.
  • According to The Land Report's annual list of the top private landowners in the US, the 20 biggest individual and family landowners in the country own over a half-million acres each.
  • Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories.

While corporations can always offer more stock, and governments can always issue more bonds, there is one asset that has had a pretty fixed supply on earth for the last several million years: Land. And some Americans own quite a lot of that asset.

The Land Report publishes an annual ranking of the biggest private landowners in the US, as measured by total acreage. According to their most recent list, each of the 20 individuals and families that own the most land hold over a half-million acres each.

Many of the biggest landowners are families with deep, inter-generational roots, holding vast swathes of ranch or timberland across the country for decades. Some are more recent entries, with successful businesspeople in industries like telecommunications or fast food investing their wealth in the world's oldest asset.

Here are the 20 biggest private landowners in the US as of 2018, according to The Land Report:

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