There are only a few people in this world who achieve success in a foreign country, and Padma Lakshmi is one of them. She is an Indian-born American actress, model, TV host, and a successful author. Her debut cookbook earned her vast popularity. Let’s learn all about the career and net worth of Padma Lakshmi in 2019.
Early life & biography
Padma Lakshmi was born as Padma Parvati Lakshmi Vaidyanathan in Chennai, India, on September 1, 1970, to Vaidyanathan and Vijaya. Her father was an executive officer in a pharmaceutical company while her mother was a nurse. Her parents divorced when she was only two years old. Thereafter, her mother moved to US and Padma received her upbringings there. Her childhood was full of disorders, so she could hardly focus on her studies. She completed her high school from William Workman High School, California and went on completing her graduation from Clark University in 1992. She majored her graduation in theatre & arts.
Padma Lakshmi garnered immense popularity for her personal life. She is the ex-wife of the renowned author ‘Salman Rushdie. The duo met in 1999, and after dating for five years, they got married in 2004. However, their marriage lasted only for three years, and they separated in 2007. After that, she came into a few random relationships, but she never came out publicly about them. In 2010, she embraced the motherhood and had a daughter named Krishna Thea Lakshmi Dell with her then-boyfriend Adam Dell.
Career, awards & nominations
During her studies, Padma spent a great deal of time in Madrid, Spain. This is where her career in glamour world began. She caught the attention of a modeling agent who encouraged her to try her hands in modeling. She was 21 years old when she first signed her modeling contract. Soon, she became a popular face in modeling which led her to make her Hollywood debut in 1999. Thereafter, she focused on both. In 2006, she came out as a TV host and gained an unbelievable success as a host of the popular TV show ‘Top Chef’.
She also writes cookbooks. Her debut cookbook named ‘Easy Exotic’ came out in 1999. It was the biggest turning point in her career. It took her next eight years to release her second cookbook. Her popular films include Glitter, Boom, The Mistress of Spices, and Pirates: Blood Brothers.
Speaking of the awards, Padma has graced many top magazines covers, but she could never win any major awards. She has won 6 Primetime Emmy Award nominations.
Net worth & earnings
Padma Lakshmi is very successful as a model and a TV host. These two professions alone have made a huge chunk of money for her. She charges $50 thousand per episode as the TV host of popular TV program Top Chef. Other than this, she is also a successful actress, author, and a business lady. She owns one jewelry line, two tableware collections and, one spice line. So, after accumulating her net earning from all the sources, the multi-talented lady has a staggering net worth of $35 million at present.
In her life, Padma went through some lethal diseases and also met a fatal car accident that left a 7-inch scar on her right arm. Even after all this, she didn’t stop and achieved massive success.