Gordon Ramsay is Britain's richest chef, worth £67million, according to a Chef Rich List published in The Independent.
The 39-year-old has built his wealth through nine UK restaurants and outposts in Dubai and Tokyo, adding TV shows Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, Hell's Kitchen (which also includes a fiveyear run in the US) and The F Word, a catalogue of cookbooks, plus branded crockery, tableware and glassware. He is also a columnist on The Times.
Ramsay holds a 69 per cent stake of his company, Gordon Ramsay Holdings, while his father-in-law, Chris Hutcheson, holds 29 per cent. Turnover for the year ended August 2004 was £30m, up from £21m in 2003.
Second on the list is Jamie Oliver, who is now reported to be worth £58m. While he takes no income from Fifteen, his charitable restaurant concept with branches in London, Cornwall and Amsterdam, his TV shows, books, Italian food range, china and endorsements in Australia and New Zealand helped his holding company, Sweet as Candy, post profits of £7.1m in 2004.
Rick Stein comes in third with a personal business worth of £36m.