By the Numbers: An American Land Grab

“There is a tremendous underground, not-so-subtle awareness from people who realize that resources are getting scarcer and scarcer.” 

— Bernard Uechtritz, real estate adviser

42 million

Acres of U.S. land – or 65,000 square miles – owned by just 100 American families


Percentage increase in land owned by the top 100 landowning families since 2007


Acres owned by Dan and Farris Wilks, who made their fortune in fracking with their company, Frac Tech

2.2 million

Acres owned by billionaire John Malone, a telecommunications tycoon


Mountains in Colorado owned by William Bruce Harrison, scion to an oil fortune

Sources: The Land Report, New York Times