Quadruple threat Gordon Ramsay has become more and more popular throughout the years. From owning his own restaurants to writing books. He has become well-respected in the culinary world through his experience and TV Shows in America and the UK, including Hell’s Kitchen and MasterChef. Starting from humble beginnings in Scotland with an abusive father, Ramsay set out on his own path at age 16 which led him to be known all over the world! Now at the forefront of many social media gags, you might wonder how much is this chef worth?
Gordon Ramsay’s Net Worth as of 2017: $160 million
I can’t even imagine what $160 million looks like, but I guess now if I need an image I can picture Gordon Ramsey. All jokes aside, how does one get to be worth over $150 million at the age of 50? Let’s take a look through some of Ramsay’s highlights throughout the years.
Before beginning his journey as a chef, Ramsay was a more than decent football player or as we say in America, soccer player. He started off playing for the Warwickshire team at age 12 but his football career was riddled with injuries. At age 15 he was signed to the Glasgow Rangers, a pro club, but he was stricken by knee injuries that stopped his career. At age 16, he left home to venture out on his own.
1985 – 1999
After his career in football ended, Ramsay became more focused in his culinary career. By the time he was 19, Ramsay was enrolled at North Oxfordshire Technical College to study Hotel Management. He earned his degree in 1987. After receiving his degree, he apprenticed under some of Europe’s top chefs. When in London, he worked under Albert Roux at Le Gavroche and later worked under master chefs Joel Robuchon and Guy Savoy in France. He worked under Savoy for around three years, where he grew through his mentorship. After his time in France, he decided to take on less stressful work as a personal chef on the Idlewild, a private yacht, in Bermuda.
In 1993, Ramsay returned to London where he was offered the head chef position at the Rossmore. The restaurant was renamed Aubergine and later won a Michelin star soon after. FYI, the Michelin stars are a rating system used to grade restaurants on their quality. It is like receiving the Oscar award of restaurants. In 1995, Ramsay was awarded Newcomer of the Year at the prestigious Catey Awards. In 1996, he started to migrate his way into TV, where he starred as a judge on BBC’s cooking show MasterChef.
As 1997 rolled around, an entrepreneur was born when he opened his own restaurant. The restaurant was opened in Chelsea and named Restaurant Gordon Ramsay which went on to earn three Michelin stars in four years. This was the start of his restaurant chain which grew within the next 15 years reaching locations such as Tokyo, Dubai, Florida and NYC. In 1999, was the focal point of a British documentary series, Boiling Point, which tracked his life as he opened up his first restaurant.
2000 – 2010
After his success with the documentary series, a follow-up miniseries sprouted from it in 2000. This was only the start of his TV personality career, where he showed a very tough and opinionated side of himself. In 2001, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in London was voted Top Restaurant in the UK in the London Zagat Survey in 2001. It was also awarded three Michelin stars, which made him the first Scottish chef to win three Michelin stars.
Ramsay continued to work in television in 2004, which only progressed as reality TV was growing in the United States. During this time, he moved to the US where his star shined even more with the debut of shows that were similar to his British shows such as Hell’s Kitchen.
The year of 2006 was a big year for Ramsey. He was appointed Officer of Order of the British Empire due to his service in the hospitality industry. That year he also won the Catey award for “Independent Restaurateur of the Year.” He is the third person to have won three Catey awards.
He continued to succeed in the reality TV business with the debut of his show MasterChef in 2010.
2011 – Present
By the year 2012, he’d penned 21 books as well as contributed articles to the The Times Saturday magazine. Two of the books he’s written are his autobiographies, Roasting in Hell’s Kitchen and Humble Pie. He has also continued to grow his empire with more shows including MasterChef Junior in 2013.
In 2013, he was inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame. In 2014, Ramsay and his wife Tana Ramsay decided to give back by developing a foundation to help support the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.
In 2017, Gordon Ramsay can now be seen all over Twitter through his harsh critics of his followers’ food. He also has a new live show airing on Fox called The F Word.
Ramsay’s career continues to flourish as his salary per episode of his shows is said to be $225,000 and he earns an additional $10 million per year from his media and restaurant empire alone. Throughout the years of succeeding as a restaurateur, entrepreneur, TV personality and author he still found time to also be a family man to his wife and kids. He is truly a wealthy man.