We've all come to love the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond for her down-home cooking and small town vibes. She's just like one of us, right? Starting her blog, The Pioneer Woman, as a means to keep in touch with her mother in Tennessee, Ree Drummond has created a foodie empire for herself that's worth more than a bushel and a peck.
Ree wasn't always a food blogger in a small town. Growing up in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Ree decided that when she graduated Bartlesville High School in 1987 she would go onto to college at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. After graduating and set on attending law school in Chicago, Ree met Ladd Drummond (Marlboro Man) while visiting her family in Oklahoma. Her entire world changed.
Ree wasn't just marrying a cowboy from Oklahoma. No, in fact she was marrying into the Drummond Family, who are currently the 23rd largest landowners in the United States. Known to be a ranching family since the family patriarch Frederik Drummond came over to America from Scotland, the family brings in cash.
According to the Daily Mail, the Bureau of Land Management has given the family over $23.9 million since 2006 for rent of the Drummond land. The money goes towards the Drummond Land & Cattle Co. for keeping wild horses and burros on land half the size of Rhode Island.
How the Pioneer Woman Became a Multi-Million Dollar Business
A candid moment, but it shows the FUN I had shooting the new season of The Pioneer Woman! New shows start September 9, and you'll see lots of fun, family, and butter. And dogs! We'll be showing some flashback/compilation shows in the meantime, in case you missed some recipes here and there. Can't wait for the new shows to begin! 💃🏼
The Pioneer Woman has become a phenomenon, picking up speed through the years as first a food blog, then a mecca for country home cooks, and by 2010, the site was cashing in over one million dollars in revenue.
Ree, in an interview with The New Yorker went on to say, "If I were a single person living in a city, I could support myself, but I probably wouldn't have a blog, because I would have nothing to blog about."
Her business has soared since then. A show on food network, her own magazine, best selling cookbooks, a restaurant, a marketplace and even a new hotel in her town of Pawhuska. She has even sold the movie rights to her memoir, Black Heels to Tractor Wheels, to Columbia pictures (and Reese Witherspoon is rumored to play the part). And let's not forget her line of kitchenware at Walmart.
While her actual net worth is still sealed on her lips, various reports online have estimated the Pioneer Woman's net worth. Celebritynetworth.com has her down for $50 million, while AOL estimates her worth to be around the $8 million dollar range. The difference there could be subtracting Ree from the Drummond family name. Whatever the amount is, it's big city cash for this small town country gal.