This Is How Much Ina Garten Is Really Worth

published May 5, 2023
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NOVEMBER 06: Ina Garten attends New York Public Library's 2023 Library Lions Gala at New York Public Library on November 06, 2023 in New York City.
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It’s no surprise that American author and television host Ina Garten has secured a place in the hearts of people everywhere. Though she made her name in the culinary world later in life, the cook has consistently made waves in the industry ever since. And with decades of success in the field under her apron, Garten has made a name for herself that is synonymous with the extremely high standard she has for gourmet home cooking. 

With a track record like hers, it is safe to assume that Ina Garten’s net worth of $60 million (according to Celebrity Net Worth) is quite accurate — as well as impressive. And if you combine that with the net worth of her husband Jeffrey, the couple’s combined net worth sits just above a cool $120 million. 

On paper, Garten’s journey to success is akin to the classic idea of the “American Dream.” Meeting her husband in high school, traveling the world, studying culinary arts, and leaving behind her government job to chase a dream of providing delicious food to the masses. Ina Garten may be worth millions, but her story is the real inspiration here, no price tag necessary. 

But how did she amass the $60 million that she’s reported to have? Here’s a breakdown of what plays a part in the kitchen guru’s current net worth.

She previously owned a grocery store.

Formerly working a government job as a staff member of the Office of Management and Budget, Garten ultimately ended up quitting her day job just after her 30th birthday to purchase a brick and mortar grocery store, the Barefoot Contessa in 1978. Located in the Hamptons, she owned and operated the location until 1996. The name Barefoot Contessa would continue on with Garten long after selling her store to two employees. 

She has her own show on Food Network, as well as a podcast.

After nearly 20 years of running her storefront in the Hamptons, Garten would go on to author both The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook and Barefoot Contessa Parties! before ultimately being approached by Food Network to host her own show. Barefoot Contessa would continue to air for years and is now in a new iteration titled, Be My Guest with Ina Garten (and also has a podcast under the same name).

She’s published a total of 15 cookbooks, is a columnist, and — of course — an entrepreneur.

Following the first season of Barefoot Contessa in 2002, Garten’s success on Food Network would lead to a new cookbook in the same year (Barefoot Contessa: Family Style as well as boost the sales of her classics, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook and Barefoot Contessa Parties!. She would also go on to write regular columns for publications such as O, the Oprah Magazine and House Beautiful

In those beginning years, Garten also stayed busy by launching a small line of notebooks and notecards to complement her cookbooks as well as writing forwards for Kathleen King’s Tate’s Bake Shop Cookbook and Rori Trovato’s Dishing With Style

For Thanksgiving in 2010, Google featured her recipes on their homepage, and in 2012 — after starting a Facebook Blog — Garten would go on to gain over 100,000 followers in just three weeks. To date, the star also has 3.9 million followers on Instagram and 2 million followers on Facebook.

Fans of Garten’s baked good recipes can also get them ready-to-eat through Goldbelly currently, including her popular coconut cake and Beatty’s chocolate cake.