Padma Lakshmi biography
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Padma Lakshmi Net Worth

$30 million

  • Real name / birth name Padma Lakshmi, Lady Rushdie
  • Occupation model, actress, author
  • Source of Wealth television, cookbook business
  • Country of wealth USA
  • Birth place September 1, 1970
Sources 2017 2018 $30 million $20 million $30 million

How Much is Padma Lakshmi Worth?

Padma Lakshmi is an Indian-born actress, who currently resides in USA. She is the holder of $20 million net worth. Padma’s wealth grew like mushrooms after the rain in middle 2000s, when she started to serve as the host of “Top Chef”. She is the executive producer of the show too.

Lakshmi earns $50, 000 per each episode of the show (according to celebritynetworth). But the work of the show host is not the only source of Padma’s wealth. She made appearances on the big screen in such movies as “Glitter”, “Boom” and “Mistress of Species” too. She starred as cameo in a number of popular TV series, like “30 Rock” and “Royal Pains”. So, Lakshmi earns her living as an occasional actress too.

She makes even more money through the selling of her cookbooks. Padma is considered as a food expert. She is the author of numerous food articles. She has even published the books “Easy. Exotic”, “The Encyclopedia of Spices and Herbs” and some others. Her books are sold well all over the world and even received several awards. It makes Padma Lakshmi’s net worth only bigger.

The actress and author Padma turned to be a talented entrepreneur too. She created her own line of spices “HSN-distributed spices”, which enjoys great success with a public.

Thus Padma Lakshmi saved multi-million net worth. But what was her way to wealth and popularity?

Padma Lakshmi Bio and Career

In fact, Padma Lakshmi’s story can’t be compared to that one of Cinderella. She was born in a family of an oncology nurse (mother) and an incredibly rich father. Her dad served as an executive of internationally popular drug company Pfizer. Although her parents parted their ways, when Padma was just 1 year old, her father supported his daughter financially.

Padma was born in India, but after her parents’ separation moved to New York, USA with her mother. The girl shared her time between her mother’s home in USA and her father’s home in India.

Being incredibly beautiful, Padma soon began to earn the money as a model. She has become independent from her parents’ financial support, having gained popularity in the fashion industry. She modeled for Versace, Ralph Lauren, Armani etc.

The girl joined her modeling career with studying at Clark University, where she got degree in American Literature and Theater.

Soon Padma left career of a model and tried her hand as a writer. She wrote for several reputable magazines, including “Vogue” and “Cosmopolitan”.

Soon she raised great interest in cooking and started to host her own shows “Padma’s Passport” and “Planet Food”.

Padma’s finest hour came in 2006, when she started to host “Top Chef”, Bravo culinary series. The show earned Emmy Primetime award and brought Padma international recognition.


Padma Lakshmi earns millions of dollars, but in her everyday life she is not a shark of show business, but a mother of 7-year-old daughter. She separated with her daughter’s father – a businessman Adam Dell – before the baby girl’s birth. Now Padma brings up her child as a single mother. They live in a luxurious New York apartment, which is rumored to cost astonishing $10 million.

Padma’s apartment is as luxurious and elegant as its owner. It consists of 5 bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen (a must-have for each chef) and a laundry. The flat is a part of 12-storey house, which was built in 1904 and was a department store at first.

The residence is designed in brown and green colors.  Here’s the living-room, which looks lavish and natural at the same time. There’s a huge green sofa and a coffee-table of an unusual shape in front of it. Padma has a huge book-case full of various books and magazines (probably, her own books stand on the shelf too). There’s an elegant artwork on the wall as well.

Like a talented chef, Padma spends lots of time in the kitchen. The star remains slim, because she knows plenty of low-calories recipes. Get her book to know!


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