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Seven Massively Sprawling Ranches From Around the World

These massive ranches have black rhinos, bison, space programs, and cattle—lots and lots of cattle

The 510,527-acre Waggoner Ranch is impressive for sure, but it's not the only game in town. Here are seven other impressive ranches around the world. 

Ladder Ranch, New Mexico

American Bison at Ladder Ranch, Sierra County, N.M.
American Bison at Ladder Ranch, Sierra County, N.M.
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Media mogul Ted Turner owns more than 2 million acres of personal and ranch land across 18 ranches in seven U.S. states and Argentina. Ladder Ranch, near Truth Or Consequences, N.M., is one of Turner’s largest, spanning 156,439 acres. The property is home to bison, which Turner raises, and until recently served as a refuge for the endangered Mexican gray wolf.

Deseret Ranches, Florida

The entrance to Deseret Cattle & Citrus, St. Cloud, Fla.
The entrance to Deseret Cattle & Citrus, St. Cloud, Fla.
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The Mormon church is the largest landholder in Florida and runs Deseret Ranches, the largest cattle ranch in the U.S. While the church doesn’t disclose the ranch’s revenue, a 2001 estimate (PDF) places it at roughly $16 million.

Anna Creek Station, South Australia

Drovers mustering cattle on horseback at Anna Creek.
Drovers mustering cattle on horseback at Anna Creek.
Photographer: Chris McLennan/Discovery Channel Images/Getty Images

If you don’t have $725 million for the Waggoner Ranch, the world’s largest working cattle ranch is on the market. Australia’s remote Anna Creek Station clocks in at roughly 6 million acres—more than seven times the size of King Ranch in Texas–and its sale package will include 160,000 head of cattle.

King Ranch, Texas

The King Ranch Museum in Kingsville, Tex.
The King Ranch Museum in Kingsville, Tex.
Photographer: Witold Skrypczak/Getty Images

Not only is it one of the world’s largest ranches, South Texas's King Ranch is one of the most diverse, with businesses including cattle, horses (including 1946 Triple Crown winner Assault), citrus, cotton, grain, sugar cane, turf grass, and an eponymous Ford pickup truck.

Corn Ranch, Texas

An aerial view of Bezos's Corn Ranch.
An aerial view of Bezos's Corn Ranch.
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Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos snapped up this 165,000-acre spread near Van Horn, Tex., in 2004, using the remote site as a testing ground for Blue Origin, his aerospace company.

Grupo Bom Futuro, Brazil

Soybean fields intersect with rainforest in Mato Grosso, Brazil.
Soybean fields intersect with rainforest in Mato Grosso, Brazil.
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Brazil’s remote Mato Grosso state is home to farming colossus Bom Futuro, the country’s top soy grower. Bom Futuro had more than 700,000 planted acres last year, with revenue topping $775 million, according to February data from Bloomberg.

Tswalu Kalahari, South Africa

South Africa's Tswalu Kalahari
South Africa's Tswalu Kalahari
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Billionaire Nicky Oppenheimer of De Beers diamond fame presides over this 200,000-acre compound. The private game reserve is home to more than 79 species of mammal, including black rhino, Kalahari lions, meerkat, cheetah, and rare antelope. 

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