LAND REPORT MAGAZINE LISTS 25 LARGEST LAND OWNERS IN THE U.S.
Dec. 28, 2017
Source: Land Report magazine
No. 1 John Malone: 2,200,000 acres
Leslie and John Malone acquired Florida's historic Bridlewood Farm in August 2013. More than 100 stakes winners have been bred and raised under the Bridlewood name, including the 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Smarty Jones.
That tradition not only continues under the Malones stewardship but was embellished when Tapwrit won the 2017 Belmont Stakes. Not only did the Tapit colt train at Bridlewood, but the Malones own a share of the stakes winner.
"We're approaching retirement age, and we were originally thinking of a retirement place. And the thrill and excitement of the Thoroughbred industry, coupled with the opportunity to preserve such a famed operation, was an opportunity too good to pass up," John Malone told The Blood-Horse.
THE FULL LIST: AMERICA'S 100 LARGEST LANDOWNERS 2017
1. John Malone
2. Ted Turner
3. Emmerson Family (up 9,666 acres)
4. Stan Kroenke
5. Reed Family
6. Irving Family (up 236 acres)
7. Brad Kelley (up 150,000 acres)
8. Singleton Family
9. King Ranch Heirs
10. Pingree Heirs
11. Peter Buck NEW TO LIST
12. Ford Family (up 158,000 acres)
13. Wilks Brothers (up 30,000 acres)
14. Briscoe Family
15. Lykes Heirs
16. Hamer Family NEW TO LIST
17. O'Connor Heirs (up 7,000 acres)
18. Martin Family
19. Thomas Peterffy NEW TO LIST
20. Stimson Family (up 52,000 acres)
21. Holland Ware BACK ON LIST
22. Westervelt Heirs (up 41,000 acres)
23. D.R. Horton
24. McDonald Family (up 64,000 acres)
25. Simplot Family