Seen as a "safe deposit box with a view," the country's affluent investors are buying up acres at a solid rate, as the top 100 landowners added 700,000 acres in 2012.
A 2013 list of the top 100 landowners includes many recognizable names, from Ted Turner and Stan Kroenke to the Drummond family and Jeff Bezos, Amazon's founder and CEO.
The 33 million total acres owned by the top 100 account for nearly 2 percent of U.S. land mass. The top two landowners, John Malone and Ted Turner, each possess over 2 million acres.
The report is sponsored by Fay Ranches owner Greg Fay and is available at http://fayranches.com/sites/default/files/2013_land_report_100_sponsored_by_fay_ranches.pdf. He says the top landowners buy land as a sound investment, but the private land they own also helps produce the food we eat and provides a habitat for fish and wildlife.