The chefs top the catering section of this year`s City & Guilds` Vocational Rich List which tracks the fortunes of businessmen and women who started their career with a vocational qualification or training course.
Despite having a fortune of £50m, Ramsay – the richest celebrity chef on the list – was not the highest earner in the catering industry. Tony Yerolemou who set up Mediterranean food company Katsouris Fresh Foods was placed 22nd for building up a £150 million fortune in the past seven years.
At 33, Oliver is the youngest millionaire to feature in the list. He ranks 55= with a fortune of £40m. Smith follows with £15m and then Rhodes with £10m.
Bob Coates, Managing Director at City & Guilds said: “It’s encouraging to see that many of the entrepreneurs who started their careers with a catering qualification continue to flourish, making a huge impression on their industry and inspiring more people to consider a catering career.
“In fact, the journeys these vocational entrepreneurs have taken highlight that different routes and learning styles can offer just as good an opportunity in life as the traditional academic route, and can be equally rewarding.”