If you've ever fancied living in a massive, fuck-off ranch in Texas, complete with airport, 101 square miles of man-made lakes, rivers and teaming with wildlife, then now might be your chance. Well, provided you can muster the $250,000,000 (£185m) price tag, that is.

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The sprawling, lavish property, located 90 miles north of Amarillo, has been home to one of the wealthiest oil tycoons in the world, T. Boone Pickens, but he has been forced to leave it behind amid his deteriorating health and old age, reports the Daily Mail.

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In a post on LinkedIn, the elderly billionaire explained that he would be sad to leave Mesa Vista Ranch behind, and that he hoped it would go to someone with similar conservation ethics to his own.

In the post, the 89-year-old businessman said: "Selling the ranch is the prudent thing for an 89-year-old man to do.

"Slowly but inevitably, my fading vision and limited hearing have forced me to give up things I've loved and excelled at - golf and hunting, in particular."

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"Although the beauty of Mesa Vista remains intact, the ranch roads I have driven thousands of times are now blurred. It's time to embrace and accept that my life has changed."

He added: "It's time to get my life and my affairs in order. There are many reasons why the time is right to sell the ranch now, not the least of them ensuring that what I truly believe is one of the most magnificent properties in the world winds up with an individual or entity that shares my conservation ethic."

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Although, Boone Pickens' fortune was once estimated to be in the billions, it has now dropped to around $500million (£372m / peanuts), following many large donations to educational and philanthropic causes.

The ageing tycoon says that the sale of the property will benefit the T. Boone Pickens Foundation, a charity that gives funds to a variety of philanthropic causes.

"I see this sale as a new beginning - for the Mesa Vista's new owners and for the recipients of my charitable giving," Pickens wrote.

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Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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