Padma Lakshmi's Net Worth: The Model-Turned-Host's Cache of Cash, Explained

You've seen her on TVs, billboards and in magazines. The Padma Lakshmi boom is everywhere, including Madrid, Spain, Milan and other Italian cities, Paris, and even the US. Padma Lakshmi's glitter of beauty is hard to miss.  She's not only a great TV host, but also a personable foodie. Where are all of my Taste The Nation fans at? The television host has worked hard to get to where she is today, so Padma Lakshmi's net worth is well deserved. Here's an inside look and how it came to be.

Who is Padma Lakshmi?

Although the Indian-American was born to her mother Vijaya in Madras, India (now known as Chennai), Lakshmi grew up in the US. Not much is known about her early life, but after graduating from Workman High School, as well as Clark University in Massachusetts, where she studied Theatre and American Literature, Lakshmi went on to work in both the US and Europe as a model and actress. Still, the Primetime Emmy Award winner wanted to leave her mark on this world by doing much more.

"Lakshmi established herself as a food expert early in her career hosting Padma's Passport, where she cooked diverse cuisine from around the world and Planet Food, a documentary series, both on the Food Network domestically and worldwide on the Discovery Channel. She also co-hosted Rai Television's Domenica In, Italy's highest-rated variety show," according to her website.

The cookbook author also wrote the best-selling and best first book Easy Exotic. "Lakshmi followed this with the publication of her second cookbook, Tangy, Tart, Hot & Sweet and her memoir The New York Times best-selling Love, Loss and What We Ate. She later published The Encyclopedia of Spices & Herbs. In August of 2021, she will publish her first children's book Tomatoes for Neela."

She is most known for her stint as the Top Chef host, which she still does for the cooking competition. The TV show's success opened even more doors for Lakshmi. She no only hosts it, but is also an Executive Producer for Bravo of the two-time Emmy®-winning series.

Lakshmi continues to follow her love for food and culture with being the "...creator, host, and executive producer of the critically acclaimed Hulu series Taste the Nation, nominated for a 2021 Gotham Award for Breakthrough Series. The series has just been greenlit for a second season." You can basically call her the Mistress of Spices, because she understands and explores cultures and how people incorporate different spices into their dishes.

The American author shares a child, Krishna Thea Lakshmi-Dell, with venture capitalist Adam Dell. Prior to that relationship, Lakshmi was married to novelist Salman Rushdie, and briefly had a relationship with Teddy Forstmann. Lakshmi and her daughter currently reside in California. She often shares her personal life on her Instagram or on her shows. She has also modeled for Ralph Lauren, Gianni Versace, Alberta Ferretti, and Giorgio Armani.

What is Padma Lakshmi's Net Worth?

Lakshmi's net worth is a whopping $40 million.

"According to Celebrity Net Worth, Padma Lakshmi's net worth is around $40 million." She makes $50,000 per episode "...and given the fact that each season has an average of 14+ episodes (via IMDb), Lakshmi's net worth shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. In addition to the 200+ episodes of "Top Chef" she's done over the years, Lakshmi's best-selling, award-winning cookbooks undoubtedly contribute to her overall net worth," the List reported.

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