SINCE 2006, Padma Lakshmi has hosted Bravo’s popular Top Chef cooking competition series.
However, her career extends beyond top chef cooking, leading many fans to wonder who the star actually is.
Who is Padma Lakshmi?
Padma Lakshmi, 51, is an author, activist, model and TV presenter who was born on September 1, 1970 in Chennai, India.
Her career took off in the late 1990s after making several guest appearances on shows such as Star Trek: Enterprise, The Ten Commandments, 30 Rock and Wasteland.
She became the presenter of Top Chef in 2006 and has since written six books, including Easy Exotic, Tomatoes for Neela and the New York Times bestseller Love, Loss, and What We Ate.
When Lakshmi is not writing or on the Bravo set, she can often be found sharing her life on Instagram with over a million followers.
Is Padma Lakshmi Married?
From 2004 to 2007, Lakshmi was married to 75-year-old writer Salman Rushdie.
The two previously met when he was married to Elizabeth West, his third wife, but by 2000 they were living together.
“It was wonderful for me because I finally had someone who understood me because he was also Indian and also lived in the West and he was very nimble at navigating both of those worlds,” she told PEOPLE in 2016.
However, their fairytale romance ended shortly after it began, partly because she was unable to have sex due to endometriosis.
“Endometriosis was definitely a major reason my marriage failed and I don’t think any of us understood it at the time,” she told PEOPLE.
“I think that’s also because I hid it to a degree, not on purpose, but you know, it’s weird talking about your period all the time. It’s like the least sexy thing in the world.”
“I think Salman took it personally and I think he felt rejected,” she added, “and I can understand that.”
After her divorce, Lakshmi started dating Adam Dell, the father of her daughter Krishna Thea, but the two eventually split in 2021.
What is Padma Lakshmi Net Worth?
Due to Lakshmi’s successful career, she was able to amass an extensive fortune.
As of August 2022, her value is $40 million with a salary of $50,000 per Top Chef episode, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Her estimated net worth is based on her television success as well as the success of her books.
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