What next, Forbes? Top 10 best-paid ukelele players?
The magazine knows media types like me love lists. So they’ve compiled the top five best compensated food personalties. Savannah’s Paula Deen comes in fourth. The magazine estimated she pulled in $17 million between May 31, 2011 to May 31, 2012.
Although critics fried Deen after she announced she was diabetic last year, she turned that diagnosis into her financial advantage. The magazine said she is earning at least $6 million over three years from Novo Nordisk, a diabetes drug maker.
Forbes then listed many of her business deals. A sampling:
Partnerships with Walmart for baked goods, Smithfield for hams, and Harrah’s for a growing chain of Paula Deen restaurants at casinos in the South are still going strong. Deen has got her own branded line of nuts, a frozen seafood line, plus a partnership with Springer Mountain chickens. And in June, she announced a new partnership with Nanco (the firm run by the Nanula family of Tops Friendly Markets) to launch her own line, Paula Deen Foods.
Mario Batali is at No. 5, thanks to his restaurants and gig on “The Chew,” the new syndicated show.
Wolfgang Puck is at No. 3 with $20 million. Rachael Ray is at No. 2 earned $25 million.
Tops on the list? Gordon Ramsay, the man with seemingly an endless array of reality shows, pulled in $38 million.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk