Skip to comments.( Ted ) Turner 'almost done' buying up ranchland
Posted on 02/07/2008 11:36:02 AM PST by george76
CNN founder Ted Turner, the largest private landowner in Nebraska and the United States and the nation's largest bison rancher, said Wednesday that he is about done buying new ranches.
He said he would like to reach 2 million acres nationwide before he dies about 40,000 acres more than he currently owns.
"I'm almost done. I've got enough," said Turner...
The 69-year-old billionaire, philanthropist and conservationist said he isn't interested in free-standing ranches anymore, only "reasonably priced" parcels adjacent to his current operations, which include five ranches in Nebraska near Gordon, Oshkosh and Mullen. The ranches cover 425,221 acres, an area larger than Douglas and Sarpy Counties combined.
"You know what 2 million acres is?" Turner asked over a plate of bison miniburgers and transfat-free onion rings. "If my land was all connected, in one long straight line, a mile deep, it would stretch from New York to San Francisco."
Then he joked: "I've been thinking about doing some swaps. I'd be able to cut the United States in half and charge people from going from the north to the south."
Turner answered questions on a broad range of subjects his political preferences, the profitability of bison, his shrinking fortune and conspiracy theories ...
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Yeah, I think 2,000,000 acres is “about enough.”
Then again, I’m content with my 1/3-acre.
Ted, you magnificent putz!
Just think how many illegal aliens you could fit onto that land.
What an ass....
I sure he is leaving it to non-Americans.
Your acreage won’t do you any good when you’re dead, Ted.
Land rich and spiritually poor.
Johnny Carson's boyhood home?
Maybe he can skip the buying land and get right to the dropping dead part.
Acres of land holdings of Ted Turner, as of mid-September:
New Mexico: 1,105,905
South Dakota: 141,357
South Carolina: 10,757
Beef and buffalo.
Water. One of the countries largest natural aquifers runs under Nebraska, relatively close to the surface in some areas.
Has anyone read Tolstoy’s short story “How much land does a man need”?
In the end, he’ll get just as much land as Pahom. 6 feet from his head to his toes.
A goodly chunk of that New Mexico acreage is next to Philmont Scout Reservation. Perhaps he could be persuaded to donate that acreage to the BSA when he’s done with it.
Ted wants the Buffalo Commons to be created.
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