Published: April/May 2009Living It: Ted Turner
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Ted Turner Opens the Gates

The billionaire mogul invites you over to play inside his big, big backyard retreat.

Text by Todd Wilkinson
Photograph by Todd Wilkinson

With a portfolio that includes a barrier island off South Carolina, a quail-hunting plantation in Florida, and more than a dozen sprawling ranches across the American West, Ted Turner may be feeling a little down about the real estate market, right? Not really. In fact, the 70-year-old billionaire and the nation’s largest private landowner is playing Willy Wonka this spring and opening his biggest property, the spectacular 590,000-acre Vermejo Park Ranch in northern New Mexico, to small-group ecotours led by outfitter Off the Beaten Path. It’s time to nab your golden ticket.

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