Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck is the owner of a massive culinary empire that owns 20 international restaurants, a slew of cookbooks, cooking products, and a high-end catering service. He also makes various cameo appearances in television shows. As of 2022, Wolfgang Puck has a net worth of $120 million.
Originally from Sankt Veit an der Glan, Austria, Puck was born on July 8, 1949. His real name is Wolfgang Johannes Topfschnig. When his parents divorced and his mother, Maria, remarried, he adopted Puck as his last name.
With this, he was also raised with three half-siblings. Because his mom is a pastry chef, Wolfgang was taught how to cook at an early age. At 14 years old, he began his formal training.
A chef named Raymond Thuillier took him in as his apprentice. They served together in various European restaurants, including Hôtel de Paris, Maxim’s Paris, and L’Oustau de Baumanière.
When he turned 24, the Austrian chef decided to leave his motherland and go to America. He settled in Indianapolis to work at a restaurant called La Tour in 1973. Two years later, he was hired as a chef at West Hollywood’s Ma Maison.
There, he displayed his lively personality and culinary genius that made him a well-known name among affluent individuals. This turned Ma Maison into an attraction for the elite, and Wolfgang became a leading figure in the rise of California cuisine in the 1970s.
This helped his debut cookbook, Modern French Cooking for the American Kitchen, become an instant hit when it was published in 1981. The following year, Puck opened his first restaurant, Spago.
Wolfgang went on to establish a myriad of restaurants in Los Angeles and other parts of the world. All of his outlets are under the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group. His efforts have been awarded with two Michelin stars.
In 1998, the restaurateur started Wolfgang Puck Catering. Through this, he has served renowned media personalities, national presidents, and royalty. He also had the honor of catering for the Academy Awards celebrity banquet for 20 consecutive years.
His reputation made him an occasional guest on shows like Top Chef, MasterChef, and Hell’s Kitchen. The Food Network also gave him his own cooking show. In 2021, Disney produced a documentary about him titled “Wolfgang.”
Net Worth and Earnings
Aside from his catering and restaurant endeavors, Puck’s cooking empire includes book publishing, packaged food products, and merchandising. All of these businesses are overseen by his holding company, Wolfgang Puck Worldwide, Inc.
He also earns extra from his multiple media appearances. This aided him in reaching a net worth of $120 million, a figure that makes him one of the richest celebrity chefs in the world.
In 1975, Wolfgang tied the knot with Marie France Trouillot, but their marriage lasted only five years. In 1983, he married Barbara Lazaroff. They had two sons named Byron and Cameron. They divorced in 2003.
He made Gelila Assefa his wife in 2007. Together, they purchased a $14 million Los Angeles estate, which they named Villa Les Violettes. There, they raised two boys, Oliver and Alexander.