Considering the continued popularity and success of Anthony Bourdain's CNN show, Parts Unknown, alone, it's safe to say the globetrotting food media icon lives a pretty comfortable life -- at least, when he's not stuck in an aisle seat. But as he has said on many occasions over the years, he lived for decades with little to no money before his big break. Now, Bourdain explains the big decisions he made to dig himself out of debt.
In a new interview with Wealthsimple, Bourdain talks about the many years he spent living not just paycheck to paycheck, but as he puts it, "a paycheck behind, at least," as a line cook in New York, during which he spent most of the little cash he had on drugs, neglected to do his taxes, and skipped out on his mounting credit card bills. He didn't even have a savings account or health insurance until he was 44, around 2000 or 2001, according to the story.
"I was constantly in debt," he said. "I published a few books before Kitchen Confidential, but they were not financial successes... When Kitchen Confidential was published, I hadn’t filed taxes in about 10 years. I was seriously behind on rent. It had been about a decade since I’d communicated with American Express in a timely manner."