In the Civil War-era movie “Gone With the Wind,” Scarlett O’Hara’s father tells her: “Land is the only thing in the world worth working for, worth fighting for, worth dying for, because it’s the only thing that lasts.”
The top 100 landowners featured in Land Report 100, published by Land Report and Fay Ranches, seem to agree. Together, they added 700,000 acres to their holdings in 2012. They now own about 2 percent of the nation’s landmass, totaling more than 30 million acres.
Read on for a rundown on the seven largest landowners.