Padma Lakshmi Net Worth

Padma Lakshmi Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Padma Lakshmi net worth is
$20 Million

Padma Lakshmi Wiki Biography

Padma Parvati Lakshmi, usually named Padma Lakshmi, is a popular personality in the entertainment industry. According to the latest estimations, the net worth of Padma Lakshmi has reached the sum of 20 million dollars, making her one of the multi-millionaires in the industry. No wonder Padma’s earned such a net worth, as her salary has been stated to reach 50 thousand dollars per episode, as she is a popular television host and actress. As a host Padma Lakshmi was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program, and her show has also won an Emmy Award.

Padma Lakshmi Net Worth $20 Million

Lakshmi has added much to her net worth as an author of cookbooks. Her first book titled ‘Easy Exotic’ won the Gourmand World Cookbook Award as the Best First Book in 1999. In addition to this, Padma Lakshmi has increased her net worth by modelling, too.

Padma Parvati Lakshmi was born on September 1, 1970 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Her parents divorced when Padma was only year old and Padma moved to live in the United States. She was taught in Workman High School, in California. In 1992 Padma graduated with a bachelor degree with honours from Clack University, which is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, United States.

Padma speaks Spanish, Italian, Hindi, Tamil and English. Padma has been accumulating her net worth since 1989, when she took-up a suggestion to try a modelling career. Lakshmi has been working for such first rate designers as Alberta Ferretti, Ralph Lauren, Gianni Versace, Giorgio Armani and Emanuel Ungaro. She was on the cover of such popular magazines as Town & Country, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Industry Magazine, Avenue, Asian Woman, L’Officiel India, Cosmopolitan, FHM, Vogue India and RedBook.

Since 1995, Lakshmi has added much to her net worth by appearing on television and in films. Padma has appeared in the documentary films ‘Unzipped’ (1995) directed by Douglas Keeve and ‘Planet Food’ (2000). Moreover, she appeared in the television series ‘Domenica In’ (1997), ‘Il Figlio di Sandokan’ (1998), ‘Caraibi – Pirates: Blood Brothers’ (1999), ‘Linda e il brigadier ep: “Il fratello di Linda”’ (2000), ‘Melting Pot: Padma’s Passport’ (2001), ‘The Ten Commandments’ (2006), ‘Sharpe’ (2006), ‘Top Chef’ (since 2006 up to date) and ‘30 Rock’ (2009).

Furthermore, Padma Lakshmi has increased her net worth by appearing in the following films: ‘Glitter’ (2001) directed by Vondie Curtis Hall, ‘Boom’ (2003) directed by Kaizad Gustad and ‘The Mistress of Spices’ (2005) directed by Paul Mayeda Berges. She hosted ‘Padma’s Passport’ culinary show and ‘Planet Food’ on the Food Network. She has released two culinary books ‘Easy Exotic’ and ‘Tangy, Tart, Hot and Sweet’.

Padma Lakshmi has also had a column in Vogue magazine, and has released her own jewellery line named ‘Padma’ in 2009.

Padma Lakshmi has been married only once. The novelist, Salman Rushdie, married Padma in 2004. Her husband was twenty-three years senior. However, the couple divorced in 2007. Padma had been dating Theodore J. Forstmann, the ex-fiance of Princess Diana, but he died in 2011. Lakshmi has one daughter, named Krishna Thea Lakshmi-Dell whose father is Adam Dell.

Full NamePadma Lakshmi
Net Worth$20 Million
Date Of BirthSeptember 1, 1970
Place Of BirthChennai, India
Height5 ft 8 in (1.75 m)
Weight15 pounds
ProfessionModel, Actor, Author
EducationWorkman High School, in California, Clack University
NationalityUnited States of America
SpouseSalman Rushdie (m. 2004–2007)
ChildrenKrishna Thea Lakshmi-Dell
ParentsVijaya Lakshmi
NicknamesPadma Parvati Lakshmi
AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program, Emmy Award
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program, PGA Television Producer of the Year Award - Competition Television, James Beard Award for Television Food Show, National or Local
Movies‘Glitter’ (2001), ‘Boom’ (2003), ‘Unzipped’ (1995), ‘Domenica In’ (1997), ‘Il Figlio di Sandokan’ (1998), ‘Caraibi – Pirates: Blood Brothers’ (1999)
TV Shows‘Padma’s Passport’, ‘Planet Food’, ‘The Mistress of Spices’ (2005), ‘Top Chef’ (since 2006 up to date) and ‘30 Rock’ (2009)
1It's healthy and attractive when a person has a good appetite!
2I was the first Indian model to have a career in Paris, Milan and New York. I am the first one to admit I was a novelty. (December 2007)
3All the pictures that have been taken of me are artistic. Even if they were provocative or revealing, I don't think they were vulgar. (December 2007)
4I was brought to believe that the female form is a beautiful thing. I think it's not so much what you do but how you do it that matters. I don't think I've done anything that was exploitative. (December 2007)
5Some of my friends and people in the art world, including women, say they admire my body. I am proud of my body. Some compare it to the Chola bronzes. And they all wonder how I keep myself so fit. (December 2007)
6The best part of modeling was traveling and increasing my knowledge of world cultures. (December 2007)
7"I write cookbooks and I'm an actress - two things that aren't always compatible, at least for the waistline." (2007)
8"In India and Italy, where I lived for a long time, we like healthier, more voluptuous types." (2007)
1Was in a 6-month relationship with Richard Gere during October, 2014.
2Release of her cookbook, "Tangy, Tart, Hot and Sweet: A World of Recipes for Every Day". [2007]
3Gave birth to her 1st child at age 39, a daughter Krishna Thea Lakshmi (now Krishna Thea Lakshmi-Dell) on February 20, 2010. Child's father is her ex-boyfriend, Adam Dell.
4At first tried to conceal the identity of the father of her daughter Krishna, but it was later revealed that Adam Dell, with whom Lakshmi had a short relationship, was the father of the baby.
5Has battled endometriosis for many years.
6Appeared with Rocco DiSpirito on an episode of Top Chef (2006). They both have lived in the same apartment building in Manhattan, located at 415 E. 37th Street.
7Is the first Indian woman to be a guest on and co-host on the TV show The View (1997) in 2007.
8Ranked #87 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list.
9Listed in People Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful issue. (May 7, 2007).
10Wore a Luca Luca purple sari in her April 2004 wedding to Salman Rushdie.
11Attended Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA.
12Was discovered by a photographer while spending part of her senior year studying in Spain and he convinced her to begin modeling.
13Officially announced engagement to author Salman Rushdie on February 14, 2004, the 15th anniversary of the infamous fatwa issued against Rushdie by Islamic radicals for writing the novel "The Satanic Verses".
14Hosted "Padma's Passport" on the Food Network based on her popular cookbook, "Easy Exotic: A Model's Low-fat Recipes From Around The World".
15Has a seven inch scar on her right arm as a result of a major auto crash that she was in as a child.
16Speaks five languages.


Top ChefTV Series consulting producer - 52 episodes, 2010 - 2013 executive producer - 33 episodes, 2013 - 2015


Royal Pains2014TV SeriesPadma Lakshmi
30 Rock2009TV SeriesPadma Lakshmi
Sharpe's Challenge2006TV MovieMadhuvanthi
The Ten Commandments2006TV MoviePrincess Bithia
The Mistress of Spices2005Geeta
Boom2003/IShiela Bardez
Star Trek: Enterprise2002TV SeriesKaitaama
Pirates: Blood Brothers1999TV Mini-SeriesMalinche
Wasteland1999TV SeriesPhoebe
Il figlio di Sandokan1998TV Mini-Series
Linda e il brigadiere1998TV SeriesIndian Lady


Glitter2001performer: "I Know"


Unzipped1995Documentary very special thanks


Unzipped1995DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
The Meredith Vieira Show2015TV SeriesHerself
The View2007-2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest Co-Hostess / Herself - Co-Host
Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHerself
Today2010-2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
Top Chef2006-2014TV SeriesHerself - Host / Herself / Judge
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014TV SeriesHerself
The Chew2014TV SeriesHerself - Top Chef
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2007-2014TV SeriesHerself - Hostess, Top Chef / Herself
Whose Line Is It Anyway?2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Fashion News Live2012-2014TV SeriesHerself
Katie2014TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood Game Night2014TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
The Queen Latifah Show2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2009-2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
Watch What Happens: Live2009-2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
Anderson Live2011-2013TV SeriesHerself - Co-Hostess / Herself - Guest
Family Guy2013TV SeriesHerself
Erin Burnett OutFront2013TV SeriesHerself
The Wendy Williams Show2012TV SeriesHerself
2012 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys2012TV MovieHerself - Presenter
Girl Most Likely2012Herself
Sidewalks Entertainment2010-2012TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Rocco's Dinner Party2011TV SeriesHerself
Lopez Tonight2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Chelsea Lately2008-2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
Top Chef Masters2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest Judge / Host, Top Chef
The Talk2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Padma Lakshmi and Dial Join Forces for Charity2010TV MovieHerself - Spokesperson
Late Show with David Letterman2009TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 2009 Independent Spirit Awards2009TV SpecialHerself
A-List Awards2009TV SpecialHerself
A-List Awards2008TV SpecialHerself
The Oprah Winfrey Show2008TV SeriesHerself
Project Runway2008TV SeriesHerself
Last Call with Carson Daly2007TV SeriesHerself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2007TV SeriesHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2006TV SeriesHerself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2006TV SeriesHerself
MOBO Awards 20042004TV SpecialHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2001TV SeriesHerself
Melting Pot2001TV SeriesHerself - Hostess
Planet Food2001TV Series documentary

Archive Footage

Extra2014TV SeriesHerself - Top Chef
The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards2010TV SpecialHerself

Nominated Awards

2016Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Reality Competition ProgramTop Chef (2006)
2016PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Competition TelevisionTop Chef (2006)
2015Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Reality-Competition ProgramTop Chef (2006)
2014Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Reality-Competition ProgramTop Chef (2006)
2011Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsReality HostTop Chef (2006)
2009Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition ProgramTop Chef (2006)
2007Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Reality-Competition ProgramTop Chef (2006)
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