The highlight of my trip to Montana last weekend was a visit to the Flying D, Ted Turner’s ranch. It’s a breathtakingly beautiful place, and an interesting one, too, because Turner is raising American bison, protecting the environment and trying (and mostly succeeding) at making money. (Not that he needs it.) Probably having more fun, too, than he did in the last few years at Time Warner.
Below is a picture of Russ Miller, who manages Turner’s ranches, and a few bison. Yes, he looks a little like Ted.
I wrote about Turner’s ranch today in my CNNMoney column. Here’s how the column began:
Bozeman, Montana –“I don’t want to own every ranch,” Ted Turner once said. “I just want to own the ranch next door.”
This is the kind of thinking that has made Turner, the restless 67-year-old cable television billionaire, the largest private landowner in America. Turner, the former vice chairman of Time Warner, who left the company’s board in May, owns 15 ranches in seven states, covering 1.9 million acres. That’s 3,000 square miles – bigger than Delaware or Rhode Island.
A visit to one of those ranches – the 113,000-acre Flying D ranch in southwestern Montana – demonstrates that the Turner ranches stand out not only because of their size, but because of the values that drive them.
You can read the the column here.