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Brad Kelley, the farm boy with 1 million acres


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  • Brad Kelley is fourth on the list of private U.S. landholders. Most Americans have never heard of Kelley and that’s the way he wants it.

Malone grabbed the No. 1 spot from Turner in 2011 after buying 1 million acres of timberland in Maine and New Hampshire. He plans to leave the vast majority of his land in conservation easements. Despite being a friend and business partner of the ecologically driven Turner, Malone has a more practical vantage point. “I’m not an extreme tree-hugger. I do believe trees grow and are a useful agricultural product that can be harvested without damaging the ecology and wildlife. In fact, done well, it can enhance wildlife and recreation. In that sense I’m an agricultural person. I think private ownership is generally superior to public because you care about the land more and it doesn’t get trashed,” the 72-year-old Malone told Forbes in a 2011 interview.

Kelley is only 56 years old, and with incredibly deep pockets, his land holdings will continue growing. However, the reclusive billionaire is not an acreage rival of Malone, Turner and Emmerson — and doesn’t want to be.


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WIne Life Radio (not verified)
on Jul 25, 2013

That is some land !

Anonymous (not verified)
on Jul 25, 2013

how does he own more acres than Yellowstone. 1 million acres compared to 2.2 million acres?

on Jul 31, 2013

Yellowstone? No, his acreage covers more ground than Yosemite. Chris

altaf (not verified)
on Jan 5, 2016


Anonymous (not verified)
on Feb 8, 2016

Better grab more I'm on da way E Doll Sign Cha Ching

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