The incredible life of Food Network's 'Pioneer Woman' — who owns 433,000 acres and gets paid millions of dollars in government money

Pioneer Woman

  • Ree Drummond is a famous blogger and star of Food Network's "The Pioneer Woman."
  • Drummond rose to fame blogging about life on her husband's ranch. 
  • The star's future plans are much bigger than cooking comfort food. 


Ree Drummond is one of the biggest personalities in food media in 2017. 

"The Pioneer Woman" is a People magazine cover star. She has a Food Network show, has published seven books, and founded a magazine. And, as of this week, her family is the 23rd largest landowner in the US. 

It's been a winding path that brought "The Pioneer Woman" to fame — and it's not over yet. While Drummond made her name cooking up comfort food, her future plans are much bigger than a blog and Food Network TV show. 

Here's how Ree Drummond became "The Pioneer Woman," and what she's doing next.

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Drummond was born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, an affluent suburb, but moved to Los Angeles to study broadcast journalism at the University of Southern California.

Source: The New Yorker

However, her plan to stick to city living fell apart when she met rugged rancher Ladd Drummond, who she calls "Marlboro Man" in her blog.

Source: The New Yorker

The couple's love for each other has been a constant on "The Pioneer Woman" since the blog's early days — and any photo of the Marlboro Man is sure to provoke comments of "lucky woman" and heart emojis on social media.

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