Top 10 Richest Chef in the World

by | Last updated Sep 16, 2020 | Published on Aug 12, 2017 | Article, I Say

What does it take to be the richest chef in the world?

I say entrepreneurship and a business mindset is what it matters most to make it to the list of the richest chef in the world. Often people mistook the most influential chef in the world with the best chef in the world. The best chef in the world, the most influential chef in the world, and the richest chef in the world is not to be mistaken. Here is a list of the richest chef in the world for the year 2017, according to numerous resources. Some of them are famous celebrity chef who runs their own television program while some doesn’t even graduate from culinary schools. Read on and be amazed by their achievement!

10. Paula Deen – USD$ 16 million (msn.com)

An American celebrity chef who runs her own cooking show. Up-to-date she has published 15 cookbooks over the course of her career. Featuring her own cooking show on Food Network, Roku, and Evine. She even made it into film debut alongside Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst in Elizabethtown (2005) where she plays Orlando’s aunt.

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Source : foodnetwork.com

An American celebrity chef who runs her own cooking show. Up-to-date she has published 15 cookbooks over the course of her career. Featuring her own cooking show on Food Network, Roku, and Evine. She even made it into film debut alongside Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst in Elizabethtown (2005) where she plays Orlando’s aunt.

9. Mario Batali – USD$ 25 million (celebritynetworth.net)

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Source : mariobatali.com

Mario Francesco Batali who is an expert in Italian cuisine. The American chef is a successful restaurateur who also writes and well known for his media personality. He rapidly expanded his empire from a restaurant, recipes, cookbooks, food products, and now into travel, culinary production studio, and also a Mario Batali Foundation for the good care of children.

8. Ina Garten – USD$ 44 million (yummy.co.ke)

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Source : goodhousekeeping.com

A self-taught from French and New England cookbooks, began her culinary career with her gourmet food store – Barefoot Contessa and expanded her career to some of the best-selling cookbooks, magazine columns, her own brand of convenience products and a popular show on Food Network. Indeed a remarkable journey for someone who didn’t graduate from culinary school.

7. Emeril Lagasse – USD$ 50 million (culinaryprograms.com)

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Source : emerils.com

Well known for his mastery of Creole and Cajun cuisine, an American celebrity chef, television personality, restaurateur, and cookbook author. Making an appearance on a variety of cooking shows with his signature phrase – “Bam!” and “Kick it up a notch”. Up-to-date he is running a total of 12 restaurants, contributed recipes for the International Space Station, and created his own cooking style called the “New New Orleans”.

6. Rachael Ray – USD$60 million (fool.com)

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Source : rachaelrayshow.com

Host her own daily talk and lifestyle program – Rachael Ray as well as three television programs on Food Network. She is an American celebrity cook, author, television personality, and businesswoman. She loves quick and easy cooking methods which lead her to published several 30 Minute Meals cookbooks. Her most famous specialties are hamburgers, where she dedicated her love for burgers and published – The Book of Burger.

5. Wolfgang Puck – USD$ 75 million (gazettereview.com)

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Source : wolfgangpuckdotcom

The famous Wolfgang Johannes Puck who founded Wolfgang Puck Companies manages, Wolfgang Puck restaurants, catering services, cookbooks, canned foods, and coffee products. An Austrian-born American celebrity chef who also an occasional actor who appeared in TV commercial along with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jack Nicholson.

4. Gordon Ramsay – USD$ 160 million (coed.com)

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Source : gordonramsayrestaurants.com

Well known for his signature fiery temper in most of his television programs, Gordon Ramsay is a British celebrity chef, restaurateur, and television personality. His restaurant holds a total of 16 Michelin stars with his signature restaurant – Restaurant Gordon Ramsay has held 3 Michelin stars since 2001. With 69% of the stake at Gordon Ramsay Holdings Limited who holds all Ramsay’s businesses, he is ranked the 21st highest-earning celebrity in the world.

3. Paul Bocuse – USD$ 185 million (therichest.com)

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Source : finedininglovers.fr

A remarkable French chef who is considered an ambassador of modern French Cuisine and was honored with the title Meilleur Ourvrier de France in 1961. A unique and prestigious award deemed for a chef with special unique abilities. Bocuse who specialized in innovative approach of nouvelle cuisine where he serves at his main luxury restaurant – I’Auberge du Pont de Collonges near Lyon. His restaurant is one of the few restaurants in France to hold 3 Michelin stars. He also has a few other chains of brasseries (French restaurant with chilly and relaxed ambient serving traditional ala carte meal), each chain specializes in differing French cuisine. He also founded his Institute Paul Bocuse Worldwide Alliance where best students are sent to the institute for intensive French Cuisine training.

2. Jamie Oliver – USD$ 305.59 million (thesun.co.uk)

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Source : youtube.com

James Trevor Oliver, a British celebrity chef who is globally well known for his numerous culinary television show. He was noticed by the BBC in 1997 and began making television appearances since then. Up-to-date he has published more than 20 cookbooks, mostly focusing on English Cuisine using fresh organic ingredients. During the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2003, Oliver was awarded the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE). Today Oliver is the most powerful and influential person in the UK hospitality industry and was also listed at number 2 in the list of Most Influential British Entrepreneurs.

1. Alan Wong – USD$ 1.72 billion (financesonline.com)

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Source : greatchefs.com

Alan Wong is one of the co-founders of Hawaii Regional Cuisine, new American regional cuisine, where Hawaii’s local ingredients and cooking styles are highlighted and compiled into a cookbook – The New Cuisine of Hawaii where they sold it for charity. Alan with his associates linked local agriculture with the restaurant industry where they replaced local international hotel cuisine based on imported products with local ethnic style and locally grown produce. Alan has 3 restaurants, 2 in Hawaii, and 1 in Shanghai. He once cooked at the White House for President Obama and also once made an appearance as a guest judge on Top Chef.

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