Austen S. Cargill II

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Austen S. Cargill II
Born 1951
Residence Paradise Valley, Montana, US
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Minnesota
Oregon State University
Occupation Businessman and rancher, director of Cargill
Known for Heir of Cargill
Net worth $3.7 billion (Sept 2016)[1]
Spouse(s) married
Children 2

Austen Stowell 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. 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. He went on to receive a doctorate from Oregon State University.[1]


He joined Cargill as a marine biologist and joined its Board of Directors in 1995. 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.[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] As of 2016 he is worth an estimated US$3.7 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 Forbes
  2. ^ a b Brian Solomon, The Secretive Cargill Billionaires And Their Family Tree, Forbes, 9/22/2011
  3. ^ a b c d 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