"Colorado has a vibrant tradition of private landownership and stewardship," said Eric O'Keefe, editor-in-chief of the Dallas-based Land Report, which this week released its annual list of the 100 largest U.S. landowners.
Spanish land grants allowed for the development of unusually large private holdings in such states as New Mexico and Colorado, and those have passed down through the years, O'Keefe said.
Malone, who made his money in the cable-TV business, has amassed 2.2 million acres. Earlier this year, he went international, purchasing the Humewood Castle in Ireland.
Stan Kroenke, owner of the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche, holds 848,571 acres in Wyoming and Montana, enough to rank him as the nation's eighth-largest landowner.
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