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

Business Insider Logo By Kate Taylor of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 22: <strong>Ree Drummond is a famous blogger and star of Food Network's "The Pioneer Woman."</strong><strong>Drummond rose to fame blogging about life on her husband's ranch. </strong><strong>The star's future plans are much bigger than cooking comfort food. </strong><p> Ree Drummond is one of the biggest personalities in food media in 2017. </p><p> "The Pioneer Woman" is a <a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiSnfCV3MPXAhXp34MKHeIlC6QQFggoMAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fpeople.com%2Ffood%2Fpioneer-woman-ree-drummond-cover-story-ranch%2F&usg=AOvVaw1AK0B6HFVLrdjXultEAwQc"> People magazine cover star. </a>She has a Food Network show, has published seven books, and founded a magazine. And, as of this week, her family is the <a href="http://www.landreport.com/2017/06/2016-land-report-100-drummond-family/"> 23rd largest landowner in the US. </a></p><p> 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. </p><p> Here's how Ree Drummond became "The Pioneer Woman," and what she's doing next.</p>

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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