Padma Lakshmi
Padma Lakshmi
Real Name/Full Name Padma Parvati Lakshmi Vaidynathan
Nick Name/Celebrated Name: Padma Lakshmi
Birth Place: Chennai, India
Date Of Birth/Birthday: 1 September 1970
Age/How Old: 53 years old
Height/How Tall: In Centimetres – 175 cm
In Feet and Inches – 5′ 9″
Weight: In Kilograms – 55 Kg
In Pounds – 121 lbs
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Black
Parents Name: Father – Vaidyanathan
Mother –Vijaya Lakshmi
Siblings: 2
School: William Workman High school
College:  Clark University, Madrid
Religion: Hinduism
Nationality: American
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Gender: Female
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Boyfriend: Theodore J. Forstmann (2009–2011); Adam Dell
Husband/Spouse Name: Salman Rushdie (m. 2004–2007)
Kids/Children Name: Krishna Thea Lakshmi Dell
Profession: Author, activist, model, and television host.
Net Worth: $50 million
Last Updated: May 2024

 Padma Lakshmi is a famous Indian-American author and a well-known activist, model, and television host. She’s a Primetime Emmy nominated host for her remarkable work in a Reality show in 2009. She has also worked in numerous films and TV shows, which increased her fame throughout the world.

Well, how well do you know about Padma Lakshmi? If not much, we have compiled all you need to know about Padma Lakshmi’s net worth in 2024, her age, height, weight, boyfriend, husband, kids, biography and complete details about her life. Well, if you’re all set, here is what we know about Padma Lakshmi to date.

Biography and Early Life

Lakshmi’s birthplace is Chennai, and when she was four, she shifted to the United States.

She was diagnosed with Stevens-Johnson syndrome when she was 14 and was even injured in a car accident that very same year which fractured her right hip and right upper arm. In The New York Times, Lakshmi wrote about how she was sexually assaulted as a kid and how her parents sent her back to India after that incident. Later, Lakshmi also talked about how she was raped when she was 16 and how it took her years to talk about it publicly.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Padma Lakshmi in 2024 and what is her height and weight? Well, Padma Lakshmi’s age is 53 years old as of today’s date 25th May 2024 having been born on 1 September 1970. Though, she is 5′ 9″ in feet and inches and 175 cm in Centimetres tall, she weighs about 121 lbs in Pound and 55kg in Kilograms. Her eye color is Brown and hair color is Black.


In 1988 Lakshmi completed her education at William Workman high school, California. Laxmi graduated from Clark University, and later in Madrid, she completed her modeling. In 1992 she graduated with a Theatre Arts and American literature degree.

Personal Life: Dating, Boyfriends, Husband, Kids

Lakshmi married the famous novelist Salman Rushdie in April 2004, and the couple got divorced in July 2007. Later Lakshmi had a daughter named Krishna with Adam Dell. She was also in a relationship with Theodore J. Forstmann from 2009 to 2011, but unfortunately, that didn’t work out as well.

Is Padma Lakshmi Lesbian?

Lakshmi has been married to Salman Rushdie, and the couple got divorced after three years. Later she had a daughter with Adam Dell. So she is not a lesbian, and of the mentioned facts, her sexual orientation is believed to be straight.

Professional Career

At the age of 21, Lakshmi began modeling. She was even associated with famous designers and other people, such as Emanuel Ungaro, Giorgio Armani, Gianni Versace, Ralph Lauren, and Alberta Ferretti.

Laxmi came up on famous magazines such as Redbook, Vogue India, FHM, Cosmopolitan, L’ official India, Asian Woman, Avenue, Industry Magazine, Marie Claire ( Indian Edition ), Harpers Bazaar, Town and Country, and Newsweek. Lakshmi was also a model for Mario Testino and Helmut Newton. Lakshmi has been the host of the famous television show, Top Chef, to date. She has even been nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award.

Laxmi was also a host of Domenica In, Italy’s top television show, and the Food Network series Padma’s passport. She played a role in the Italian series Caribbean Pirates Blood Brothers in 1999. She also published her book in May 1999 called the Easy Exotic. She even acted in the film Glitter, starring singer Mariah Carey in 2001. She also published another book in 2007, Tangy Tart Hot and Sweet. She also made a guest appearance in the Star Trek: Enterprise series.

She even played a role in the Bollywood film Boom in 2003 with Katrina Kaif and Lakshmi Spare. She was also in the film ‘The Mistress of Spices.’ Lakshmi even started her line of Indian jewelry in 2009 and has two tableware collections, i.e., The Padma Collection and Easy Exotic. She became an ambassador in the American Civil Rights Union. In March 2019, she was also chosen Ambassador in the United Nations Development Programme Goodwill.


Lakshmi is a Primetime Emmy nominated host and has performed many times as of now. She was also awarded the Gourmand World Cookbook Award for her book named ‘Easy Exotic.’

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Padma Lakshmi in ’2024’

Padma Lakshmi Net Worth
Padma Lakshmi Net Worth

Padma Lakshmi’s career as a professional celebrity made her net worth to be approximately $50 million as of 2024. She even makes $50,000 per episode for the Top Chef show. She is also a well-known activist who has worked in numerous campaigns throughout the globe. Her awards and nominations are proof of how successful she is in her respective domain.

Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know

  • Lakshmi is well versed in five languages which are English, Italian, Spanish, Tamil, and Hindi.
  • After she was diagnosed with Endometriosis in 2006, she has been the symptoms for 23 years. After this, she also became the Co-founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America.
  • She mentioned in one of her books that she was sexually assaulted when she was only 7 years old.

Padma Lakshmi is a truly inspiring woman, and her contribution as an author, activist, model, and actor makes a significant impact on every individual. Her never-giving-up nature and fighting for women’s rights have proved to be of great significance and help. She is the woman one would look up to and wish to be.


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