|Estimated value:||€175 million|
|Country of origin:||England|
|Source of Wealth:||entrepreneur|
Jamie Oliver is a chef, restaurateur and author of several cookbooks. He became famous and successful through his various cooking shows and numerous cookbooks, as well as his social commitment.
James Trevor Oliver was born in 1975 in the town of Clavering, Essex, England. At the age of 8 he is said to have helped out in the kitchen in his father’s pub “The Cricketers”. He is said to have discovered his interest in cooking as a child. He was unsuccessful in school and was often portrayed as a failure. According to his own statements, Jamie Oliver suffers from dyslexia, a tool disorder that limits the ability to read and understand texts. Apparently he has never read a book himself. After graduating from high school, Jamie Oliver attended Westminster College in London and learned to cook while studying home economics. He got a job under Gennaro Contaldo in the restaurant of Antonio Carluccio’s Neal Street Restaurant and worked there with the later German TV chef Tim Mälzer.
Oliver was already working as a sous chef at the River Café in Fulham when the BBC was making a documentary and he was discovered for television in 1997. In 1999, his first cooking show, The Naked Chef, aired, in which Oliver showed how to cook with simple ingredients. “The Naked Chef” success and the cookbook of the same name that was published later and became a bestseller. After several seasons of The Naked Chef being produced by the BBC, Oliver moved to Channel 4 where he has appeared in documentaries and other cooking shows. Jamie Oliver made the Sunday Times list of the richest Britons under 30 in 2005. He is considered the second best-selling book author and the second best-selling non-fiction author in England, after JK Rowling. His cooking shows have been broadcast in 40 countries and his books have been translated into 30 languages.
Jamie Oliver was hired to cook lunch for then UK Prime Minister Tony Blair following the success of The Naked Chef. In 2001, Oliver received the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Television Award. Channel 4 broadcast the documentary ‘Jamie’s Kitchen’, which focused on his London restaurant ‘Fifteen’, which educated unemployed and vulnerable youth. Other restaurants of this type sprang up in Newquay, Amsterdam and Melbourne. In 2003 he received an MBE (Order of the British Empire) for services to the hospitality industry. As a result of the 2005 ‘Feed me better’ campaign, in which Jamie Oliver tackled fast food in school canteens and healthy alternatives, the Labor Government pledged £280m to make it available. According to a Channel 4 poll, viewers voted Oliver the “Most Inspiring Political Figure of 2005”. In 2010 he also received a TED Prize and an Emmy Award.
- “Every kid in every school no matter their background, deserves to learn the basics about food – where it comes from, how to cook it and how it affects their bodies. These life skills are as important as reading and writing, but they’ve been lost over the past few generations. We need to bring them back and bring up our kids to be streetwise about food.”
- “All I ever wanted to do was to make food accessible to everyone; to show that you can make mistakes – I do all the time – but it doesn’t matter.”
- “I’m better with my hands, and I always loved the slightly romantic idea of starting with bits of wood and being able to create something to sit on, to eat from, to store your clothes in.”
- “It’s just us trying to start a movement where everybody passes on a bit of cooking knowledge. We estimate that one person can potentially affect 180 others very quickly so we’re just trying to spread the word.”
- “Many kids can tell you about drugs but do not know what celery or courtettes taste like.”
Jamie Oliver has played drums in the rock band Scarlet Division since 1989.
Jamie Oliver was often criticized. In 2005 he slaughtered a lamb on his show “Jamie’s Great Italian Escape”. In 2008, at “Jamie’s Fowl Dinner”, he had his guests sort the chicks and then gas the male chicks in front of the guests. He wanted to draw attention to the circumstances of the egg industry and the associated chick killings.
Some of his restaurants hit the headlines for lack of hygiene.
In 2019, Jamie Oliver was forced to close the Jamie’s Italian chain restaurants, the Fifteen restaurants and the Barbecue steakhouse chain. However, he still owns 65 restaurants in 25 countries and has partnerships with Shell and Tesco. As a reason for closing many of his restaurants, Oliver acknowledged being naïve and not knowing how to run a business.
|Estimated value:||€175 million|