It can be said that Oklahoma livestock would not be where it is today without the contribution of one of America’s most prominent cattle breeders, Ladd Drummond, a member of the popular and very influential Drummond family who has been in the cattle business for over 100 years. Here is a look at life and other facts about Ladd, including details of his marriage to renowned blogger Ree Drummond.
Ladd Drummond Bio
Ladd Drummond was welcomed to the world by his parents, Nan Olsen and Chuck Drummond, on January 22, 1969, in the midwestern state of Nebraska. He grew up with his brothers Todd and Tim in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, where his father supposedly went to school. After graduating, the family returned to Oklahoma where they owned a very large ranch.
Drummond was introduced to the ranch lifestyle at a very young age, as his parents never kept him and his siblings from getting their hands dirty. This allowed him to learn many things, such as operating heavy machinery, driving trucks and doing manual labor, and many other things.
As for education, Ladd Drummond’s educational records show that he attended Pawhuska High School before enrolling at Arizona State University. While it is not clear what he studied at the university, his education proved to be sufficient to handle the smallest details of ranch management, since he, his father, his brother Tim and his cousin Thatcher Drummond are all partners in the Drummond Land and Cattle Company.
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Ladd Drummond is a very rich man. According to records, his family, who run the Drummond Land & Cattle Co., is the 17th largest landowner in the United States, allegedly owning some 433,000 acres of land over 675 square miles. According to reports, the U.S. government has paid his family more than $20 million over the past ten years, mainly for continuing and supporting animal welfare on their vast land.
Since he comes from one of the largest landowning families in the United States, it is no surprise that the net worth of the fourth generation Oklahoma rancher is estimated at around $200 million.
Ladd Drummond is married to Anne Marie Drummond, better known to the world as the food writer, blogger, bestselling author, and television personality who identifies herself as Ree Drummond. Although it is not clear how they met, they exchanged vows on September 21, 1996, and went on a honeymoon to Australia.
Ree and Ladd, whom she refers to in her books and blogs as “the Marlboro Man”, have four children: Alex, Paige, Bryce, and Todd. All of their children have been in school at some point, while Alex and Paige have enrolled in university. Alex is supposed to attend Texas A&M University, while Paige is studying at the University of Arkansas.
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More interesting facts about Ladd Drummond
1 The Drummond Land & Cattle Company was founded in the late 1800s by Fred, the patriarch of the Drummond family, who is said to have emigrated from Scotland and settled in the Midwest of the United States.
2. Ladd’s eldest brother, Todd Drummond, died from injuries sustained in a car accident.
3. as already mentioned, the Drummond family is the 17th largest landowner in the United States. The family raises about two thousand five hundred cattle and horses on the land. Among the horses that Drummond breeds on the farm are Quarter Horses, an American horse breed that excels in sprinting over short distances. His horses have taken part in racing events all over America.
4. Ladd Drummond is an active member of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association. In 2011, the Drummond Land & Cattle Company was the winner of the 2011 Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association Range Championship. Ladd himself was awarded the honorary cowboy title ‘The Tough Hand’ during the same competition.
5. Ladd is a big American football fan. While it is not clear which team he supports professionally, his favorite team in college is his alma mater’s Arizona State Sun Devils Football Team. He is such a big fan of the team that he allegedly left his wedding party to watch a game between Arizona State University and Nebraska.
6. In 2012, the Drummond family purchased and renovated a 100-year-old building in downtown Pawhuska, where they opened a restaurant and retail store called The Mercantile.