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Mike Walsten has covered major business trends in agriculture for more than 40 years.
For the second year in a row, John Malone, founder and chairman of Libery Media, is the nation's largest landowner, according to the monthly The Land Report Magazine. The magazine's annual round-up states Malone owns 2.2 million acres, which puts him just ahead of Ted Turner who owns 2 million acres. Malone moved into the number one spot with his purchase of 1 million acres of timber in Maine and New Hampshire. Prior to that purchase, he jumped into the land-buying headlines with his purchase of the famous Bell Ranch, a 290,100-acre operation in New Mexico dating to the 1824 Montoya Land Grant.
Click here for an entertaining read about John Malone and his land holdings written by Jeff Hull and published in Fortune Magazine.
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