Gordon Ramsay is a British chef, restaurateur and TV personality with an estimated net worth of $220 million. He is one of the most popular chefs in the world, not least for his scathing remarks towards the characters of his TV show Hell’s Kitchen. Here’s how he amassed his $220 million fortune.
|Full name||Gordon James Ramsay|
|Date of Birth||November 8, 1966|
|Net value||$220 million|
Gordon James Ramsay was born in the Scottish town of Johnstone on November 8, 1966. He is the son of Helen Cosgrove, a nurse, and Gordon James Sr., swimming pool manager, welder and tradesman. He moved to England with his family when he was nine years old.
Despite his interest in cooking as a teenager, Ramsay hoped to become a professional footballer. He was chosen to play under-14 football at the age of 12, but his early football career was marred by injuries, which forced him to abandon his footballing aspirations.
After ending his budding football career, Ramsey decided to give more serious attention to his culinary education. He enrolled at North Oxfordshire Technical College to study hotel management when he was 19.
Ramsay began his cooking career working as a commis chef at the Wroxton House Hotel. He then moved to London, where he worked in a series of restaurants until he was inspired to work for Marco Pierre White, Harvey’s first celebrity chef.
After working at Harvey’s for two years and ten months, Ramsay decided to advance his career by studying French cuisine. He joined Albert Roux at Le Gavroche in Mayfair, who invited Ramsay to work with him at Hotel Diva, a ski resort in the French Alps, as number two. From there, Ramsay, 23, moved to Paris to work with Guy Savoy and Joël Robuchon, both starred chefs.
After training in France for three years, he took a year off to work as a personal chef on the Bermuda-based private yacht Idlewild. The role on the ship saw him travel to Sicily and Sardinia, Italy, where he learned Italian cooking.
Ramsey returned to England in 1993, where he worked as chef de cuisine under Pierre Koffmann, at La Tante Claire, and Marco Pierre at Aubergine. He left Abuergine in July 1998 to set up his own restaurant.
In 1998, Ramsay opened his own restaurant in Chelsea, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, with the help of his father-in-law, Chris Hutcheson, and his former colleagues from Aubergine. The restaurant earned its third Michelin star in 2001, making Ramsay the first Scotsman to achieve the feat.
After establishing his first restaurant, Ramsay’s empire grew rapidly. He opened Pétrus, then Amaryllis in Glasgow, and later Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s. Ramsay has also opened restaurants outside the UK, starting with Verre in Dubai. He also opened restaurants in Toyko, New York, Ireland and Canada.
Ramsay began his rise to fame after appearing in the British TV mini-series Boiling Point in 1999. He had previously appeared as a judge in a MasterChef-like series for young catering students in 1997. He also appeared in an episode of Faking It in 2001. The episode won the 2001 BAFTA for “Best Factual TV Moment”.
Ramsay rose to prominence presenting television programs about competitive cooking and food, such as the British series Hell’s Kitchen (2004), Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares (2004–2009, 2014), The F Word (2005–2010), versions from Hell’s Kitchen (2005-present), Kitchen Nightmares (2007-2014), MasterChef (2010-present) and MasterChef Junior (2013-present), as well as Hotel Hell (2012-2016), Gordon Behind Bars (2012), Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back (2018-2020) and Next Level Chef (2022-present).
Although Gordon Ramsay is best known for his television programs, his star chef skills are what made him a successful chef in the first place. Since 2001, his most renowned restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, in London, has been a 3-star Michelin establishment. Its restaurants have been awarded a total of 16 Michelin stars.
In 2006 he was appointed OBE by Queen Elizabeth II in the 2006 New Years Honors List for service to the hospitality industry. In July 2006, Ramsay won the Catey Award for “Independent Restaurateur of the Year”, becoming the third person to win three Catey Awards.
Ramsay is undoubtedly one of the most influential people in the UK hospitality industry, he was inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame in 2013. He has also been recognized by the International Hospitality Institute as one of of the 100 most powerful people in global hospitality.
Net worth of Gordon Ramsay
Gordon Ramsay is one of the richest chefs in the world, with an estimated net worth of $220 million. He is also one of the most expensive chefs in the world, charging $200,000 for private bookings. Forbes listed him as one of the highest earning celebrities of 2020, earning up to $70 million the previous year.
Aside from earning his many television contracts, Gordon Ramsay is what could be described as a shrewd businessman. He owns a 69% stake in Gordon Ramsay Holdings, a parent company that covers all of his business interests (restaurants, media, consulting). The stake was valued at £67 million in 2007.
Ramsay sold a 50% stake in his North American holding company to Lion Capital, a London-based private equity firm in June 2020. According to Forbes, Ramsay received $100 million from Lion Capital to build 100 restaurants Gordon Ramsay in the United States by 2024.