Austen S. Cargill II

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Austen S. Cargill II (born 1951) is an American heir, businessman and rancher.[1][2][3]


Early life[edit]

Austen Stowell Cargill II is the great-grandson of William W. Cargill, the founder of Cargill.[1] He has a brother, James R. Cargill II, and a sister, Marianne Cargill Liebmann.[2] He graduated from the University of Minnesota, where he also received a Master's degree.[1] He went on to receive a PhD from Oregon State University.[1]


He joined Cargill as a marine biologist and joined its Board of Directors in 1995.[3] He later served as its Vice President until 2001.[3] He also served on the Board of GalaGen, a NASDAQ-traded company that sold dietary supplements to treat gastrointestinal diseases, from 1999 to 2002, when it went bankrupt.[3][4]

Personal life[edit]

In 2001, he bought the North Ranch in Paradise Valley, Montana, close to Antelope Butte.[3] The ranch was formerly owned by the Church Universal and Triumphant.[3] He goes ruffed grouse hunting in South Dakota.[5] He lives in Livingston, Montana.[1][6] He is married, and has two children.[1] He is worth an estimated US$2.4 billion.[1]


  • 'The role of lipids as feeding stimulants for shredding aquatic insects' (with Kenneth W. Cummins, Boyd J. Hanson and Robert R. Lowry, in Freshwaster Biology, 29 May 2006)[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Forbes
  2. ^ a b Brian Solomon, The Secretive Cargill Billionaires And Their Family Tree, Forbes, 9/22/2011
  3. ^ a b c d e f Cargill exec buys ranch from church, Bozeman Daily Chronicle, February 19, 2001
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  5. ^ Laurence Monroe Klauber, Rattlesnakes: Their Habits, Life Histories, and Influence on Mankind, Volume 1, University of California Press, 1972, p. 632 [1]
  6. ^ David Frey, Who’s the Richest in the West? For billionaire bucks, Wyoming wins., New West, 10-05-09
  7. ^ Wiley: Freshwater Biology