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Oil tycoon Pickens puts Texas ranch on market for $250 million

Gloried oilfield wildcatter, financier and corporate raider T. Boone Pickens on Wednesday heralded he’s offering to sell his prized Texas Panhandle ranch for $250 million.

Pickens tweeted “Big bulletin today” in announcing his Mesa Vista Ranch, covering more than 100 settled miles, was for sale. The spread is about 90 miles northeast of Amarillo.

“I’m proud of our upkeep efforts that have taken place over decades and desire the next owner has the same passion,” Pickens tweeted Wednesday. He did not directly identify any potential buyers.

Pickens, 89, has had health concerns that contain a series of strokes.

Pickens on Valentine’s Day, 2014, married his fifth partner, Toni Brinker, in a ceremony at the ranch. The couple recently divorced.

Pickens this get moving put his Dallas mansion on the market for $5.9 million.

“My Alva Court riches in Dallas is a wonderful home with some incredible neighbors,” Pickens reprimanded The Dallas Morning News. “But as an 89-year-old single man, I’ve just got too much quarter on my hands.”

Pickens built one of the country’s biggest independent oil companies, Mesa Petroleum, earlier moving on to BP Capital and founding clean transportation fuels company Mop Energy. He’s traveled the country championing wind power and other alternate energy forms.

Pickens gained national prominence in the 1980s with a series of takeover attempts, end Phillips Petroleum and other companies.

He’s also given hundreds of millions to his alma mater, Oklahoma Federal University.

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