On the show Yellowstone, the Dutton family fought to save their ranch from corporations and billionaires. Even though the show is based in Montana, the same situation is happening in Wyoming.

The largest land owner in Wyoming is businessman Stan Kroenke, the owner of the Denver Nuggets & Avalanche, Colorado Crush, LA Rams, and other sports franchises. He owns 1.7 MILLION acres of land in the US, including Wyoming and Montana.

It seems another billionaire connected to a major sports franchise is trying to take over parts of Wyoming, and it's happening. Joe Ricketts, who founded TD Ameritrade and connected to the Chicago Cubs, has purchased the White Pines Ski Resort in Pinedale. According to reports in the Pinedale Roundup, Ricketts was to take ownership at the end of April.

Ricketts, who owns the Jackson Fork Ranch near Bondurant, WY, has been trying to transform parts of Sublette County into "Little Jackson Hole." He has been buying up parts of the Upper Hoback Valley around Bondurant and turning the Jackson Fork into a luxury resort. It seems his plans are moving forward, and they will come true with the addition of White Pines.

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Sam Haak is a realtor with Harland Brothers Real Estate in Jackson Hole. He did a great job describing what is happening with the Ricketts, his goals of developing "Little Jackson Hole," and other future developmental plans.




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If you are a follower of Yellowstone, there are some interesting quotes relevant to this topic.

It's the one constant in life. You build something worth having, someone's gonna try to take it. - John Dutton (Kevin Costner)


There's sharks and minnows in the world, Jimmy, and if you don't know which one you are, then you ain't a shark. - Rip Wheeler (Cole Hauser)


Leverage is knowing that if someone had all the money in the world, this is what they'd buy. - John Dutton (Kevin Costner)


No one has a right. You have to take a right, or stop it from being taken from you. - John Dutton (Kevin Costner)

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