Celebrity chef and reality TV star Gordon Ramsay isn’t planning on giving his fortune to his kids when he dies, and the Internet is freaking out about it.
Ramsay, 50, is rumored to have a net worth of over $150 million dollars. Recently, he told the Telegraph that his career has never been about the money and that he wants to pass along this trait to his kids. Ramsay also told the Telegraph that he doesn’t want to spoil his children, and hasn’t raised his kids to think that money is the most important thing in life.
Here’s what Ramsay told the Telegraph.
In the interview, Ramsay explained that he has a very strong opinion on what will happen when it comes to his fortune after he dies.
Ramsay admitted that money is not the number one priority in his life, and he hopes that his own kids feel the same way too.
“[The fortune] is definitely not going to them, and that’s not in a mean way; it’s not to spoil them,” Ramsay said in the interview.
“I’ve never really been turned on about the money. That’s not my number one objective, and that’s reflected in the way the kids are brought up,” he continued.
Ramsay even admitted that his kids don’t even fly first class when they’re traveling!
“They don’t sit with us in first class. They haven’t worked anywhere near hard enough to afford that. At that age, at that size, you’re telling me they need to sit in first class? No, they do not. We’re really strict on that,” Ramsay said.
Ramsay has four kids: Matilda, Jack, Holly and Megan. They all range from 15-18 years old.
Ramsay also mentioned that his children had a completely different upbringing than he did: “They have a completely different life than I did growing up. I worked my [expletive] off to get out of the [expletive] mess that I grew up in and they’re grateful, they’re not spoilt.”
“They have to pay for their own phones, their bus fare.”
“The earlier you give them that responsibility to save for their own trainers and jeans, the better,” he continued.
Although Ramsay says that he is strict about not spoiling his kids and that he will not be leaving his entire fortune to them, he did say that he would promise to help them with a deposit on a flat.
Ramsay and his wife Tana have agreed that if he does die, each child will be given a 25% deposit on a flat, but they are responsible for paying the remainder of the cost.
“I’ve been super lucky, having that career for the last 15 years in the U.S. Seriously, it has earned a fortune and I’ve been very lucky, so I respect everything I’ve got,” Ramsay said.
Although Ramsay’s children are lucky enough to have a millionaire father, they still do their part in contributing to their community.
They do charity work and help organizations such as the Great Ormond Street Hospital, and Ramsay’s daughter Megan is even planning on running the London Marathon.
Good for Ramsay for instilling some values into his kids about the importance of appreciating what you have and not committing your life to money. Let’s see if he keeps his word about that fortune, though!