The Top Earning Celebrity Chefs

Posted on August 11, 2008

Forbes magazine has a new listing of the top earning celebrity chefs. Rachael Ray is at the top of the list, earning $18 million last year. Here is the full list:

1. Rachael Ray - $18 million

2. Wolfgang Puck - $16 million

3. Gordon Ramsay- $7.5 million

4. Nobuyuki Matsuhisa - $5 million

5. Alain Ducasse - $5 million

6. Paula Deen - $4.5 million

7. Mario Batali - $3 million

8. Tom Colicchio - $2 million

9. Bobby Flay - $1.5 million

10. Anthony Bourdain - $1.5 million

Rachael Ray earns more than Gordon Ramsay? Well, let's see. According to Forbes she has four Food Network programs, including 30 Minute Meals, Tasty Travels and $40 a Day. Her nationally syndicated, Oprah-backed talk show, Rachael Ray, averages 2.6 million viewers which is respectable, if not Oprah numbers. But she also has lucrative endorsement deals, from Dunkin' Donuts to Triscuits. That's where the real money is. We wonder if she made her husband sign a pre-nup?
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