There are few people we love more on this earth than Ina Garten.
Through her unexpected journey to celebrity chef stardom, the 71-year-old has amassed a significant net worth—a jaw-dropping $50 million. Yup, we’re not joking. So, just how exactly did the Barefoot Contessa come to be the successful businesswoman she is today?
Her rise to kitchen legend and award-winning cookbook author didn’t have quite the conventional start you might imagine. Unlike many other Food Network stars, Ina didn’t begin her career in the food business. (She taught herself how to cook and has no formal training.) Ina was actually on a much different career path before switching over to doing what she loves.
Between her early career in the White House (yes, you read that correctly), owning a specialty food store, writing best-selling cookbooks and hosting popular television shows, Ina has worked hard for her money.