At least until he was 44 years old… The 60-year-old former chef and world food master recently opened up about his past struggles to Wealthsimple.
“I don’t want to sound like I’m bragging about this, but the sad fact is, until 44 years of age, I never had any kind of savings account. I’d always been under the gun. I’d always owed money. I’d always been selfish and completely irresponsible.”
Most of his money went to drug use, and he was always in debt to people.
“I didn’t put anything aside, ever. Money came in, money went out. I was always a paycheck behind, at least. In my daily life, the goal was to muffle the anxiety that I’d feel as I tried to drift off to sleep knowing that, at any point, what little money I had in my bank account could be garnished by the IRS or the credit card company. The landlord could kick me to the curb. That was my reality for many years.”
Bourdain cleaned up his act after his book Kitchen Confidential was released in 2000 and he made his transition into a television personality. He has paid off his debts, but money does not rule his life.
“To me, money is freedom from insecurity, freedom to move, time if you choose to make use of time.”
Anthony Bourdain is currently the host of CNN‘s Parts Unknown since 2013. The series explores different parts of the world and the food people eat.