Monica Schipper

Many know Ree Drummond as the Food Networks Pioneer Woman, but there is a lot more to her and her life on the ranch.

Drummond and her husband Ladd own a whopping 433,000  acres of Oklahoma, making them the 23rd largest landowners in the Country.

A bit of history, the Drummond ranch history began with patriarch Frederick Drummond  (1864-1913) who emigrated from Scotland and married Kansas native Addie Gentner, and all three of their sons became successful cattle ranchers , and their descendants over see hundreds of thousand of acres in Oklahoma and Kansas.

The Drummond Cattle enterprises keep money flowing in steadily but they have a giant tenant  they rent to in the form of the U.S. government.   Since 2006, the government has paid the Drummonds an average of $2 million  dollars a year to keep burros and wild horses on the estate, with that land going to "support animal protection".

Being an amazing property owner is not Drummonds biggest claim to fame, that would be her cooking show on the Food Networks Pioneer Woman. (LOVE that show).  Ree says she thinks the people are drawn to the Pioneer Woman, not because she is a fascinating person, but because she represents things many can relate to.   Saying in an interview with the Associated Press, " I am not a chef, and I am not an expert at anything.  I'm just a mom and a wife".

The Food Network favorite has branched out at Wallmart where she already sells her cookbooks, home décor items, cookware and now her first line ever of comfort food.  For main courses customers can choose from her smothered chicken, fried chicken, country-fried steak , and bacon meatloaf. That will save you the trip to Pawhuska, Oklahoma.

Ree Drummond says that she basically stumbled into cooking stardom, and she didn't need the money.  Her husband Ladd Drummond, who is an America rancher and has a net worth of $200 million dollars.  The couple live on their ranch with their four children and an assortment of dogs.

 

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