7. Emeril Lagasse

Estimated Worth: $45 Million

People either love Emeril or hate him. Emeril Live rocketed him into the celebrity stratosphere and for a while “BAM!” was as ubiquitous as “wazzzzzup.” He built an empire of restaurants and cookware before eventually selling his brand to Martha Stewart for a cool $50 million. Though he's often parodied on Futurama, his cooking is decidedly better than Elzar's.