Slimline Nigella Lawson piles on the pounds – a million of themDomestic goddess's TV production profits hit 1.4m
01:49 GMT, 25 March 2012
It's a recipe that domestic goddess Nigella Lawson never gets wrong: how to make pots of money.
The latest figures for her television production company, Pabulum Productions, show that its profits have jumped by a quarter to 1.4 million.
The figures, for the year ending last August, also reveal that Ms Lawson’s firm, which made her BBC2 cookery programme Nigella Kitchen, had 850,000 available in the bank, up from 700,000 in 2010.
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But the money made by the firm represents only a part of her fortune as it takes no account of her earnings from her Living Kitchen cookware range, which has an estimated value of 7 million, or the royalties from the more than three million cookbooks that Ms Lawson has sold around the world.
Ms Lawson, 52, who has recently dropped three dress sizes, is estimated to have an overall personal worth of 15 million.
And together with her husband Charles Saatchi, the art collector and former advertising mogul, she shares a fortune of 110 million.
The couple live in a 12 million, seven-bedroom house in Chelsea, West London. They are also in the process of selling their 35 million home in exclusive Eaton Square in the centre of the capital.
But despite her family’s great wealth, Ms Lawson, who is the daughter of former Conservative Chancellor Nigel Lawson, is adamant that her two teenage children should, like her, have an independent source of income.
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In an interview, she said: ‘I am determined that my children should have no financial security. It ruins people not having to earn money.
‘I argue with my husband Charles, because he believes that you should be able to leave money to your children. I think we’ll have to agree to disagree.’
Ms Lawson’s children, Cosima and Bruno, are from her marriage to her first husband, the writer and journalist John Diamond, who died in 2001.
The famously curvaceous TV star has recently lost three stone and dropped from a size 18 to a svelte 12. Ms Lawson’s weight loss has been widely credited to a high- protein diet.
Shortly before unveiling her new, slimmer look, Ms Lawson said: ‘Any woman who says that “I have never worried about my weight” or “I’ve never gone on a diet” is lying.’
Other programmes previously made by Pabulum Productions include Nigella Express for the BBC, and the Channel 4 series Forever Summer With Nigella.