Net Worth: $20 Million
- Source of Wealth Film, TV, Cuisine, Publishing
- Birth Place Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
- Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)
- Marital Status Divorced (Salman Rushdie)
- Full Name Padma Parvati Lakshmi
- Nationality Indian
- Date of Birth September 1, 1970
- Ethnicity Indian
- Occupation Cookbook Author, Actress, Model, Television Host
- Education Workman High School, Clark University
- Children 1 (Krishna Thea Lakshmi)
About Padma Lakshmi
Padma Lakshmi has portrayed various roles in life. She is a cookbook author, model, television host and actress. Her net worth is estimated to be around $20 million. Most of the money she has made has came from the television show “Top Chef”. Padma Lakshmi reportedly made $50,000 for each episode of the said program. She is the former wife of the author Salman Rushdie, who has courted controversies often because of his work. The two married in 2004, but divorced later in 2007.
Padma Lakshmi is an Indian-American actress born in Madras, now Chennai, India. Her father was an executive with Pfizer, and her mother was a nurse who used to work to prevent suicides. Lakshmi started off as a model when she was 18 years of age. She was discovered by a modeling agent in Spain while she was sitting in a café. Lakshmi has stated that she is the first model from India to have a career in Milan, NYC, and Paris. She has since then modeled for Ralph Lauren, Emanuel Ungaro and Alberta Ferretti. She was the favorite of Helmut Newton, the photographer. Lakshmi controversially posed nude for the Allure magazine on its May 2009 issue.
But of course, she is best known for the Top Chef program that has won several awards. It was a recipients of the Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program in 2010. Padma Lakshmi was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality-Competition Program. She has also made a name for her cookbook. The debut cookbook “Easy Exotic” won the award for the “Best First Book” at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in 1999.
Earnings & Financial Data
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- Earnings 2011
Salary per episode from Top Chef