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What is Salt Bae's worth in 2021? Turkish chef is richer than you think

Iram Sharifah Khan February 11, 2021
What is Salt Bae's worth in 2021? Turkish chef is richer than you think
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What is Salt Bae’s net worth? The Turkish chef, whose real name is Nusret Gökçe, is already a household meme on social media platforms. Recently, he made headlines again thanks to a video in which he feeds UFC champion Conor McGregor a slice of golden steak at his Dubai restaurant.

So, just how rich is Salt Bae and how did he make his money?

What is Salt Bae’s net worth in 2021?

Salt Bae became an internet sensation after changing the way people salt their food – it’s all in the wrist.

His nonchalant sprinkling is rumoured to have gained Salt Bae a net worth estimated anywhere between $50 – $60 million USD. According to a recent article, Mashed also places him “in the neighbourhood of $50 million”.

How did Salt Bae make his money?

Around 10 years ago, chef Gökçe, aka Salt Bae, opened his first restaurant, Nusr-Et Steakhouse, in Istanbul, Turkey. After a regular customer fell in love with the food, he decided to invest in the restaurant’s expansion.

Gökçe went on to open up high-profile locations around the world including in Ankara, Marmaris, Istanbul, Dubai and many more.

In January 2017, Salt Bae went viral when a video of him preparing food was posted on his restaurant’s Instagram and Twitter. His confident demeanour and the way in which he sprinkles salt on his food won over the citizens of the internet.

Thus began the birth of the Salt Bae meme. From his fame on social media and money from the restaurants, Salt Bae earns more than a decent living.

Is he married? Does he have any kids?

Nusret Gökçe was born on 9 August, 1983, making him 37 years of age at the time of writing. He was born in Pasali, Turkey.

In 2016, Salt Bae posted an image on Instagram of himself surrounded by children, with the caption (translated): “Verified, the man who does not spend time with his family is not a real man.”

Many of his followers have wondered whether or not all 9 children in the image are Gökçe’s. While some do bear a resemblance, we can neither confirm nor deny this, as they could be nieces and nephews or other members of Salt Bae’s extended family.

There is also no publicly available information on whether Salt Bae is married or in a relationship at the moment.

However, what we can confirm from his Instagram is that he is insanely ripped. You can follow him on his official Instagram account below.

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Iram is a London-based freelance journalist with a BA in Journalism and Media from Birkbeck University. She studied several modules, including Journalism in British Life, Interview skills and Feature Writing, Introduction to Journalism Practice and Manga and Anime. Iram went from university to work with GRV Media at The Focus Writers’ Academy and enjoys learning Japanese, taking singing lessons, playing video games and watching Korean dramas in her spare time.