Quick Facts of

  • First NameAnthony
  • Last NameBourdain
  • Net Worth$ 16 million
  • CareerAuthor, Investor
  • Age61 (Death)

Popularly known as the host of A Cook’s Tour, Anthony Bourdain was an American celebrity chef, author, and travel documentarian. Bourdain was also well-known for his book entitled Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly.

Apart from penning the culinary writings and television presentations, he also wrote both fiction and historical nonfiction. As per reports, Bourdain was worth around $16 million at the time of his death.


Anthony Michael Bourdain was born on 25th June 1956 in New York City, the USA to Pierre and Gladys Bourdain. He held American nationality and came from white ethnicity. 

He went to Dwight-Englewood School and later attended Vassar College. Bourdain is a 1978 graduate The Culinary Institute of America.

Career Highlight

Following his graduation in 1978, Bourdain went to work in various restaurants like the Supper Club, One-Fifth Avenue, and Sullivan’s. In 1998, he became the executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles which is based in Manhattan.

Bourdain worked at the restaurant for many years even after other employees no longer maintained a relationship with the restaurant. In January 2014, Anthony was named “chef at large” and Les Halles closed in 2017 after filing for bankruptcy.

In 2000, Bourdain published a non-fiction book titled Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly which eventually became a New York Times bestseller. The following year, he published A Cook’s Tour which was also a New York Times bestseller.

In 2006, Bourdain published his third book entitled The Nasty Bits which was another collection of essays centered on food. Most of his articles appeared in many publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Times of London, The Observer, the Los Angeles Times, Gourmet, Maxim, and Esquire magazines.

In 2002, Bourdain began hosting his own food and world-travel show called A Cook’s Tour which premiered in January 2002. The show ran for 35 episodes until 2003.

Likewise, in 2005, a new somewhat similar television series called Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations was premiered on the Travel Channel. The Beirut No Reservations episode which aired on 21st August 2006 was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2007.

Besides this, Anthony appeared in an episode of TLC’s reality show Miami Ink which aired on 28th August 2006. Similarly, he also appeared on Nick Jr.’s Yo Gabba Gabba! As Dr. Tony.

Moreover, Bourdain made an appearance in the 2015 film The Big Short as himself and used seafood stew as an analogy for a collateralized debt obligation. Anthony also produced and starred in Wasted! The Story of Food Waste.

What Was Anthony Bourdain’s Net Worth?

Bourdain spent most of his years as a chef, travel documentarian, and author and earned himself an impressive amount of wealth. According to various sources, Anthony was worth around $16 million at the time of his death in 2018.

On the other hand, as per papers acquired by Page Six, Anthony’s assets amount to $1.21 million (a lot less than previously estimated).

As per the papers filed in Manhattan Surrogate’s Court showed that Bourdain had $425,000 in cash and savings, $35,000 in a brokerage account, $250,000 in personal property, and $500,000 in the intangible property including royalties and residuals.

Bourdain purchased a 2,250 square foot at East 94th Street for $3.35 million. Prior to this, Anthony and his then-wife were renting a condo at 201 East 87th Street.

Who Was Anthony’s Wife?

The late chef cum author married his high school girlfriend Nancy Putkoski in 1985. The couple was together for two decades until 2005.

He then exchanged the wedding vows with Ottavia Busia on 20th April 2007. They welcomed their daughter Ariane the same year. Sadly, the duo separated in 2016.

Well, Bourdain dated Italian actress Asia Argento in 2017.

Died  At The Age of 61: Reason of Death?

On 8th June 2018, Anthony was found dead of an apparent suicide by hanging in his room at Le Chambard hotel in Kaysersberg. His postmortem reports were negative for narcotics showing only a trace of therapeutic nonnarcotic medication.

His body was cremated on 13th June 2018 in France and his ashes were returned to the United States on 16th June.

Following his death news, several celebrity chefs including Andrew Zimmern and Gordon Ramsay and other public figures expressed their condolence.

As per the will, Anthony’s daughter Ariane will receive most of her father’s fortune after she turns of age.