Gordon Ramsay is a British chef, restaurateur, and television personality with an estimated net worth of $220 Million. He is one of the most popular chefs in the world, particularly for his scathing remarks to the characters on his television program Hell’s Kitchen. Here is how he accumulated his $220 Million fortune.
|Full Name||Gordon James Ramsay|
|Date of Birth||8 November 1966|
|Net worth||$220 Million|
Gordon James Ramsay was born in the Scottish town of Johnstone on 8 November 1966. He is the son of Helen Cosgrove, a nurse, and Gordon James Sr., a swimming pool manager, welder, and shopkeeper. He moved to England with his family when he was nine years old.
Despite having an interest in cooking as a teenager Ramsay had hoped to become a professional footballer. He was chosen to play under-14 football at the age of 12, but his early footballing career was marked by injuries, which forced him to give up his football aspirations.
After ending his burgeoning football career, Ramsey decided to pay more serious attention to his culinary education. He enrolled at North Oxfordshire Technical College, to study hotel management at the age of 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 being inspired to work for Marco Pierre White, the first celebrity chef at Harvey’s.
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 his number two. From there, a 23-year-old Ramsay moved to Paris to work with Guy Savoy and Joël Robuchon, both Michelin-starred chefs.
After training in France for three years, he took a year to work as a personal chef on the private yacht Idlewild, based in Bermuda. The role on the boat saw him travel to Sicily and Sardinia, Italy, Where he learned about Italian cuisine.
Ramsey returned to England in 1993, where he worked as head chef 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 at Aubergine. The restaurant gained its third Michelin star in 2001, making Ramsay the first Scot to achieve that feat.
After establishing his first restaurant, Ramsay’s empire expanded rapidly. He opened Pétrus, then Amaryllis in Glasgow, and later Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s. Ramsay also opened restaurants outside the UK, beginning with Verre in Dubai. He also opened restaurants in Toyko, New York, Ireland, and Canada.
Ramsay began his rise to fame after appearing on the British television miniseries Boiling Point in 1999. He had appeared previously as a judge on 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 became more prominent by presenting television programs about competitive cookery and food, such as the British series Hell’s Kitchen (2004), Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares (2004–2009, 2014), The F Word (2005–2010), American versions of 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).
Even though Gordon Ramsay is most recognized for his television programs, his talents as a Michelin-starred chef are what initially made him a well-known chef. Since 2001, his most renowned restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, in London, has been a Michelin 3-starred establishment. His restaurants have obtained a total of 16 Michelin Stars.
In 2006, he was appointed an OBE by Queen Elizabeth II in the 2006 New Year Honours list for services to the hospitality industry. In July 2006, Ramsay won the Catey award for “Independent Restaurateur of the Year”, becoming only the third person to have won three Catey awards.
Ramsay is no doubt one of the most influential persons in the United Kingdom hospitality industry, he was inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame in 2013. He was also recognized by the International Hospitality Institute as one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Global Hospitality.
Gordon Ramsay Net Worth
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, reportedly charging $200,000 for private bookings. Forbes listed him as one of the highest earning celebrities in 2020, earning as much as $70 million in the previous year.
Aside from earning from his several Television contracts, Gordon Ramsay is what could be described as an acute businessman. He owns a 69% stake in Gordon Ramsay Holdings, a mother venture that covers all his business interests (restaurants, media, consultancy). The stake was valued at £67 million in 2007.
Ramsay sold a 50% stake in his North American holding company to Lion Capital, a private equity firm headquartered in London in June 2020. According to Forbes Ramsay received $100 million from Lion Capital to build 100 Gordon Ramsay restaurants in the U.S. by 2024.