Ladd Drummond, a rancher from Oklahoma, is one of the owners of 'Drummond Land and Cattle Company.' He co-owns the estate along with his brother and father. Ladd is a fourth-generation rancher of the 'Drummond Ranch' in Osage County, Oklahoma. Theirs is one of the largest ranch estates in the US. His great-great-grandfather, Ronald Thacker Drummond, emigrated from Scotland and was a prominent businessman of his time. However, his major investments were in the diamonds in South Africa. Ladd is married to Ree Drummond, also known as “The Pioneer Woman." She is a renowned blogger and showcases the ranch life of the Drummond family through her blogs. They have four children: two sons and two daughters.
Birth & Early Life
Ladd was born on January 22, 1969, in Nebraska, a midwestern US state, to Chuck Drummond and Nan Olsen. He grew up with his brothers, Todd and Tim. The Drummond family lived in Oklahoma till Ladd’s father completed his education. Following this, the family moved back to the ranch.
Ladd grew up in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, where he attended 'Pawhuska High School.' Later, he went to 'Arizona State University.'
Ladd was exposed to the ranch lifestyle from a tender age. He was often given tasks at the ranch, which he would start before sunrise. Ladd also became proficient in manual labor, operating machines, and driving trucks.
Unfortunately, Ladd lost his eldest brother, Todd, to a car accident.
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Ladd inherited the huge Drummond estate in Oklahoma from his forefathers. Currently, he is the co-owner of the 'Drummond Ranch' that is spread over 433 thousand square miles. Ladd raises approximately 25 hundred heads of cattle and horses on this vast piece of land. He, his father, and his brother, Tim, are the partners of 'Drummond Land and Cattle Company.' His cousin, Thatcher Drummond, is an associate.
The Drummond family is the 17th-largest landowner in the US. Ladd and his family are actively involved in the 'Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association.' In late 2016, the Drummond family opened 'The Mercantile,' a restaurant and retail store. The store is in a 100-year-old downtown Pawhuska building that the Drummonds bought and renovated in 2012.
Despite all these achievements, Ladd’s ranching techniques have often been criticized by some of his fellow ranchers.
Ladd is married to Anne Marie Smith. Better known as Ree Drummond, Ladd’s wife is a blogger, photographer, bestselling author, and cook show host. Her blog, 'The Pioneer Woman,' details the Drummond family’s life at the ranch. The couple has four children: Alex, Paige, Bryce, and Todd. Ladd and Ree have decided to homeschool their sons. Their daughters, however, are university students, with Alex attending 'Texas A&M University' and Paige attending the 'University of Arkansas.'
Ladd and Ree got married on September 21, 1996, and honeymooned in Australia. An interesting fact about their wedding day is that Ladd left his reception party to watch a football match between 'Arizona State University' and ‘Nebraska.’ Ladd is an ardent football fan and supports his alma mater, 'Sun Devils.' He gave his wife a diesel lawn mower as a wedding gift.
Through her blogs, Ree shares the lifestyle of the Drummond family at the ranch. She adorably refers to Ladd as "the Marlboro Man" in her books and her blogs.