Chop, dice, sauté, smile for the camera, and make a lot of money! That’s the method for celebrity chefs who, these days, are making more money than you can imagine. Proof of that? NOT making the list is #50 Ted Allen and #49 Sunny Anderson who both have $5 million who match #40 Anne Burrell and #41 Duff Goldman. #33 Guy Fieri didn’t make it on the list with his $8.5 million and neither did #21 Anthony Bourdain who nearly doubled that amount with $16 million. Not even Giada De Laurentiis could make the list, coming in at #17 with $20 million nor #15 Bobby Flay with the same snazzy fortune. Mario Batali might have a whopping $25 million to his name but that only nabs him the #14 spot. To get your name among the top 12 richest celebrity chefs you in fact need $35 million plus. So who has managed that mighty financial feat? Check out this list!
12. Julia Child
Estimated Net Worth: $38 million Julia Child may have passed away in 2004, but that can’t stop her from making her way onto this list. Coming in at #12, Julia Child was one of the first and to this day remains one of the most beloved mega-celebrity chefs. Her warm personality, distinctive voice, and yummy food launched her into super stardom at a time (we’re talking the 60’s right through to the 80’s) when that wasn’t nearly as likely to happen. Seeing a resurgence in popularity due to the adorable 2009 movie Julie & Julia, the American chef who loved French cooking is still inspiring chefs (and home cooks) to this day which is one of the reasons that her estimated net worth is sitting at an incredibly impressive $38 million.