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A: Will guests ever see you on the ranch?

TT: When I’m there I like to get out and horseback ride or hike and fish. I enjoy meeting other people on the trail.

A: Has environmentalism diminished your passion for hunting?

TT: In summer I like to fish with a fly rod, and in winter I enjoy hunting quail with a shotgun. I don’t hunt large animals anymore, not because I don’t believe in it, but I’ve done enough. I prefer watching big game roam live. But let me tell you, we do have plenty of trophy bull elk at Vermejo.

A: If you were in your 20s again and aiming to earn your first billion, what would you focus on?

TT: I’d be investing in clean, renewable energy. The big new fortunes of the future are going to be made by those who develop alternatives to burning fossil fuels.

A: What’s a richer experience: having $1 billion in your pocket, or enjoying views of the mountains that you’ve helped protect?

TT: I’d say they’re equal. But you can’t afford to take care of those priceless views if you don’t have any money.

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