Billionaire brothers buy another Idaho ranch

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on January 12, 2013 at 3:29 PM

GRANGEVILLE -- Officials in northern Idaho say two Texas billionaire brothers are now the second-largest landowner in Idaho County after buying another ranch.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that 60-year-old Farris Wilks and 56-year-old Dan Wilks in December bought the 17,947-acre Delos Robbins Ranch to add to the similar-sized Hitchcock Ranch they bought in the same area in January 2011. Prices weren't disclosed.

Idaho County Assessor James Zehner says the 36,000 acres the brothers own in the county ranks them second behind the 38,000 acres owned by Western Pacific.

The brothers also own about 177,000 acres of ranch land in Montana they've bought in the last two years.

The brothers started in masonry but eventually founded a hydraulic fracturing company called Frac Tech they sold in 2011 for more than $3 billion.

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