Giada De Laurentiis

Giada De Laurentiis attends Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival at Pier 94 on October 13, 2018, in New York City

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Giada De Laurentiis didn’t intend to become a celebrity. Though she is legendary film producer Dino De Laurentiis’ granddaughter, she enjoyed working at his food market and trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris to become a chef.

But those plans changed when a Food Network executive saw her in Food & Wine magazine. The network thought De Laurentiis’ good looks and charisma would attract TV viewers, so it invited her to host a new cooking show. The hunch was correct. She became a household name on Everyday Italian from 2003 to 2008, winning an Emmy Award for outstanding lifestyle host.

That success led to other Emmy-winning shows, cookbooks, restaurants, TV appearances, and co-hosting gigs with fellow celebrity chef Bobby Flay. So it’s no surprise De Laurentiis’ net worth has climbed to a cool $30 million.

But it is a wonder how she does it all in addition to being a mother. And the Italian-American chef shows no signs of stopping.


  • Full name: Giada Pamela De Laurentiis
  • Birthday: August 22, 1970
  • Hometown: Rome, Italy
  • Height: 5’2″
  • Net worth: $30 million
  • Spouse: Todd Thompson (m. 2003-2015)
  • Children: Jade Marie De Laurentiis Thompson
  • Fun fact: She puts olive oil on her face and hair to keep them healthy-looking.
  • Most famous for: Cooking shows, cookbooks

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