When it comes to culinary empires, Gordon Ramsay is pretty much the king. Between all of his cooking shows, his restaurants, his guest appearances and his cookbooks, the celebrity chef is worth somewhere between $140 and $175 million. Heck, according to the financial gurus at Forbes the guy made $56 million last year alone.
So it’s slightly shocking that, given his ridiculous wealth, Ramsay plans on leaving none of it to his four children.
According to an interview the chef gave to The Telegraph recently, Matilda Ramsay, Megan Jane Ramsay, Holly Anna Ramsay and Jack Scott Ramsay will not benefit from their father’s financial success when he passes away. Why? He doesn’t want them being spoiled.
“It’s definitely not going to them,” he said in the interview. “And that’s not in a mean way; it’s to not spoil them.”
We get that; why not make your children work for their own living? That’s probably the thinking behind Ramsay not letting his kids fly in first class with himself and his wife Tana when they go abroad. And why the family rarely eats in Ramsay’s Michelin-starred restaurants.
Think about it: having a world-renowned celebrity chef as a father and travelling the world with him is pretty privileged enough.
We’re not sure, actually. We also kind of understand making money for your family and wanting them to be well off when you leave them behind. Why spend so much time away from them making the money in the first place if you’re not doing it for them? There has to be some kind of a balance, doesn’t there?
That said, it’s not like Ramsay is completely cutting his kids off from his dough. He and Tana — a former school teacher — have agreed to give each of their kids a 25 per cent deposit on an apartment or house to help them out when they’re ready.
And his eldest, Meg, is currently at university with a 100-pound a week budget, which is more than most of us regular old adults can afford. (The other kids get roughly 50 pounds a week, Ramsay revealed.)
It sounds like Ramsay is super aware of his parenting style all around. Considering the level of success he’s achieved after a difficult childhood, there’s no doubt he wants his children to reap the personal benefits of hard work as well. That’s why he’s long raised them to volunteer, and to even cook their own meals.
“They all cook as a life skill as opposed to a career. I never want to put that onus on them,” he said. “I don’t want them with a badge, going into a kitchen [with people] thinking that’s Ramsay’s daughter or that’s Ramsay’s son.”
Huh. Maybe Ramsay’s more of a softie than we thought after all. At the very least he’s certainly a dad we can all look up to.