What happened to Ladd Drummond? Inside The Life of Reality Star


Ladd DrummondA fourth-generation rancher, he co-owns “Drummond Land and Cattle Company,” one of the largest estates in the state with his brother and father, in Osage County, Oklahoma. He is also known as the husband of Ree Drummond, a bestselling author, cooking show host and photographer.

Ree, Drummond’s longtime partner, is popular for Pioneer Woman, a popular blog where she writes about her life on the ranch. She is also recognized as the host of the Food Network show, The Pioneer Woman. Ladd’s partner, Ree, has also written several books through her blog, is a Food Network series runner, and has also launched a string of decent businesses in downtown Pawhuska, Oklahoma.

While watching Ree’s show, The Pioneer Woman, fans also often get to see her life on the farm, whose typical character is her husband, Ladd Drummond. He is a busy man who spends much of his day leading and gathering livestock. Despite working on the ranch his entire life, things have gotten a bit chaotic for Drummond. In fact, Ladd apparently has more to say than his life on the farm and his livestock herding skills.

Scroll through to learn all about Ree’s husband, Ladd; about what often makes him the subject of interest among the food blogger’s fans. In addition, look through his parentage, parents, his relationship with Ree, their children and even his financial status.

Ancestors of Ladd Drummond

Aforesaid, now 53-year-old Ladd Drummond is a fourth-generation cattle rancher. He is of Scottish-American ranchman descent.

Ladd’s great great grandfather, Ronald Thacker Drummond from Scotland and when he immigrated to the US, he became a prominent businessman of his time. However, his main investments were in South Africa related to diamonds.

Ladd Drummond has been a ranch man since childhood

Since he was a boy, Ladd has worked at the ranch; he was skilled in manual labor from childhood, operating machines and driving trucks.

Ladd is now one of the heirs to the estate, Drummond Land and Cattle Co, which was founded in the late 1800s by one of his family patriarchs, Fred Drummond.

Ree Drummond's husband Ladd Drummond.
The co-owner of Drummond Land and Cattle Co and host of The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond’s husband, Ladd Drummond.

Fred was also the husband of Addie Genter, a native of Kansas, with whom he had started Drummond Land & Cattle Co. The deceased couple had three sons who later became successful ranchers.

However, it is unclear whether Fred was Ladd’s grandfather or the greats. The current partners of the Drummond Land and Cattle Company are Ladd, his father and his brother, Tim, while the rancher’s cousin, Thatcher Drummond, is the employee of the property.

The Pawhuska, Ladd Drummond of Oklahoma, who celebrates his birthday on January 22, was born in 1969 in Nebraska. There he attended Pawhuska High School.

Ladd lost one of his brother in a car accident

Todd, one of Ladd’s brothers, died in a car accident when he was 18; it was in the summer before he went to college. Ladd’s late brother was working on a family ranch in Texas at the time of his accident.

Ladd is apparently one of three sons born to his parents, Chuck Drummond and Nan Olsen. He is the middle of his late older brother, Todd, and his younger sibling, Tim. The American ranchman of Scottish descent grew up with his two brothers in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.

Ladd Drummond relationship with reality star wife Ree Drummond

When Ree met Ladd, the latter was already a working rancher. The blogger/author and Ladd met in a bar in the mid-1990s. Ree was out with her friends for a night out.

Ree Drummond with her husband and 53-year-old ranchman Ladd Drummond.
The co-owner of the Drummond Estate, Ladd Drummond, with his wife and the host of The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond. Getty

At the time, Ree had just returned to her hometown, Bartlesville Oklahoma, having completed college in LA. The now reality star then planned to move to Chicago to study law, but she later changed her plan and decided to stay with Ladd instead.

Mr and Mrs Drummond were married in September 1996. After the wedding, the couple left for Australia. Upon returning to the United States, the couple lived on a remote working cattle ranch about eight miles west of Pawhuska, Oklahoma. It was also two hours from Oklahoma City.

Ladd and his husband Ree are parents of five children

The Marlboro Man, Ladd Drummond and his wife Ree have five children together. They had their first, a daughter, Alex in 1997, and their second, Paige in 1999.

The couple welcomed their third child and their first son, Bryce in 2002 and their other son, Todd in 2004. The Drummonds homeschooled all their children from kindergarten through high school.

Ladd and Ree with three of their four children.
Ree and her husband, Ladd with three of their four children. Getty

In addition to their four children, Ree and Ladd are also parents to their foster son, Jamar, who they welcomed into their family in 2019. All of Ladd’s children, including himself and his wife, love fantasy football.

The family also appeared in 2011 in The Pioneer Woman, their matriarch, Ree Drummond starrer reality series. In fact, over the course of the show’s 300 episodes, Ladd has made 88 episodes. The show first aired in 2011 on the Food Network and has more than 400 episodes as of 2022.

Ladd is much richer than his famous wife; What is his net worth?

The rancher and husband of the popular blogger, Ladd Drummond, is famously wealthy with estimates that his net worth is easily above $200 million. He is apparently even richer than his more famous wife, who herself had a net worth totaling about $50 million. Most of Ladd’s wealth comes from his ancestral heritage; the often referred to as the proud Sun Devil scored many traits from his pedigree.

Drummond Land and Cattle Co, co-owner, Ladd with his wife and food blogger, Ree Drummond.
Oklahoma native Ladd Drummond with his wife Ree.

Furthermore, as mentioned, he and his brother Tim are also the co-owners of Drummond Land and Cattle Co. Ladd is one of only four owners of the Drummond company. Not to mention that he and his family are the 23rd largest landowner in the United States. The Drummond family owns approximately 433,000 acres of land spanning over 675 square miles. It is worth remembering that the Drummond family is the 23rd largest landowner in the US.

Furthermore, he is also a business associate with his real life partner, Ree Drummond. Included in its sources of income is a restaurant and shop in a 100-year-old building in downtown Pawhuska, a bed and breakfast, called The Boarding House, P Town Pizza, and an ice cream parlor, Charlie’s Sweet Shop.

In addition to the family businesses, Ladd also receives money from the US government. Apparently, America pays the Drummond Estate about $2 million a year to help them keep wild horses and donkeys on their property so they can protect them. According to the records, the Bureau of Land Management Drummond Land and Cattle Co. as of 2006 paid more than $25 million.

Life-threatening accident of Ladd Drumund

In March 2021, Ree’s husband, Ladd was in a horrific accident where he crashed his large vehicle while responding to fires that burned more than 200 acres around the Drummond family farm in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.

Ladd Drummond net worth is $200 million
The 53-year-old Oklahoma ranchman Ladd Drummond with his wife and reality show star Ree Drummond.

As a result of the accident, the Sun Devils fan suffered a broken neck; in two places. Ladd had to undergo surgery to stabilize his neck fractures, in addition to wearing a neck brace for several weeks.

Ladd Drummond Other Facts

  • Once, a cow ran over from his own ranch and knocked Ladd Drummond down, leaving the wrangler-wearing cowboy with a ripped shirt and a severe cut, which his wife, Ree, later showed on her social media.
  • In addition to ranching, Ladd is also a football fan and ardently follows the Arizona State team.
  • Ladd and his wife Ree also enjoy skiing in Colorado; the resort has been the vacation spot of the author’s husband since childhood.
  • mr. Drummond also drinks four Dr. Peppers per day.
  • He is also a huge movie buff; Ree and her husband have a ritual of having a movie night at least once a week.
  • It was Ladd who encouraged his wife Ree to start her own blog.
  • Ladd attended Arizona State University.


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