Padma Lakshmi
Padma Lakshmi
Celebrated Name: Padma Lakshmi
Real Name/Full Name: Padma Parvati Lakshmi Vaidyanathan
Gender: Female
Age: 53 years old
Birth Date: 1 September 1970
Birth Place: Chennai
Nationality: American
Height: 1.75 m
Weight: 56 kg
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Divorced
Salman Rushdie (m. 2004–2007)
Children: Yes (Krishna Thea Lakshmi-Dell)
Profession: American author, actress, model, television host, and executive producer
Net Worth in 2024: $35 million
Last Updated: May 2024

Padma Lakshmi is an actress, model, author, executive producer and TV host, who was born in India and later got her American citizenship. She is currently known by many for hosting the reality competition TV series “Top Chef”. Continue reading to find out Padma Lakshmi’s net worth in 2018, professional career and personal life below.

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Early Life

Padma Parvati Lakshmi Vaidyanathan was born on September 1, 1970, in Chennai the capital of Tamil Nadu, India. Her father Vaidyanathan Padma Lakshmi worked as an executive for Pfizer Pharmaceutical Corporation, and her mother Vijaya Lakshmi worked as a nurse for some time. Padma Lakshmi’s parents divorced when she was a child, and both of them got remarried again.

Padma Lakshmi lived with her grandparents in her hometown, and with her mother, who moved to the United States to run away from people’s talk of her divorce. She has a stepbrother and a step-sister. Padma Lakshmi was grown and raised between her hometown, New York and California. She finished her schooling from the Workman High School in California, and she graduated with a BA in theatre arts from the Clark University in Massachusetts in 1992. Padma Lakshmi had some time studying abroad such as in Madrid, Spain.

For her personal life, Padma Lakshmi has been married and divorced one time only. Her only marriage was to the British Indian novelist and essayist Salman Rushdie from 2004 – 2007. Padma Lakshmi has a daughter from her relationship with the venture capitalist Adam Dell, her name is Krishna Thea Lakshmi Dell, and she was born in 2010. Furthermore, she also had relationships with actor and hotelier Vikram Chatwal, and others.

Age, Height, and Weight

Being born on 1 September 1970, Padma Lakshmi is 53 years old as of today’s date 23rd May 2024. Her height is 1.75 m tall, and her weight is 56 kg.


While studying abroad at Madrid, Padma Lakshmi was discovered by an agent and started her modelling career. She has modelled for many worldwide designers including Gianni Versace, Alberta Ferretti, Ralph Lauren and Giorgio Armani among others. Padma Lakshmi has also appeared on many magazines including Allure, Harper’s Bazaar, Redbook, the Indian edition of Marie Claire and others.

Padma Lakshmi has released four books. Her debut book was released in 1999 titled “Easy Exotic: A Model’s Low Fat Recipes from around the World”. Padma Lakshmi’s first notable acting work was in the 2003 Bollywood movie “Boom”, followed by “The Mistress of Spices”. She has worked as a host for a few series including the Italian “Domenica in”, and she was the co-host of “The View” talk show. Padma Lakshmi’s has been the host of “Top Chef” competition TV series for over 13 seasons now, which she also works on as an executive producer.

Awards & Achievements

Padma Lakshmi was nominated for a few awards for hosting “Top Chef” competition series. She was nominated for several Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program, PGA Award for Outstanding Producer of Competition Television, and the Gold Derby TV Award for Reality Host.

Padma Lakshmi gained massive success for her debut book “Easy Exotic: A Model’s Low Fat Recipes from around the World”, which she won the Best First Book award for.

Net Worth & Salary of Padma Lakshmi in 2024

Padma Lakshmi Net Worth
Padma Lakshmi Net Worth

The actress, model, author, executive producer and TV host Padma Lakshmi’s net worth is set to $35 million as of May 2024. She earned her wealth from the great work she’s been doing on TV as an actress and host, from modelling and from the books she authored. Padma Lakshmi’s estimated salary for “Top Chef” series is $50 thousand per episode.

Padma Lakshmi is one of the few multi-talented personalities, who’s an actress, model, author, TV host and executive producer. She has had massive success for her debut book “Easy Exotic: A Model’s Low Fat Recipes from around the World” which she won the Best First Book Award for.


  1. Only just come across, Top Chief! Just seen you, Pad, for the first time! You! Are, a bit of orate!
    Think, many of us Brits! Would, welcome you here!
    You’re something, a little special!


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