Viral Meme Sensation ‘Salt Bae’ Has A Net Worth Much Higher Than You Would Expect

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Remember this guy? Well, he’s rich AF!

Turkish chef Nusret Gökçe, more popularly known by his “stage name” Salt Bae, is a restauranteur with nearly a dozen locations of his Nusr-Et Steakhouse scattered across the globe including in cosmopolitan cities such as Abu Dhabi, Miami, New York, and Istanbul.

Nusret rose to fame after a photo of him sprinkling salt onto a plate of food, went massively viral. In addition, his Instagram videos showcasing his one-of-a-kind salt-sprinkling pose, and his trademark sunglasses have given him quite the following. (via Instagram).

But how much is Nusret worth? In short, a boat load!

It is estimated that Salt Bae is worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $50 million (via Fotolog). He is certainly the epitome of a self-made man. As the son of a miner with four siblings, he dropped out of school early and began working as an apprentice to a butcher in Istanbul at the age of 13 (via CNBC).

How did Nusret become so damn wealthy?

Well, at the age of 27, he opened his first steak restaurant in Istanbul at the age of 27 and was able to expand to new locations in Ankara, Turkey, Doha, Qatar, and Dubai, United Arab Emirates thanks to the backing of a Turkish businessman who came to eat at his original location, was impressed, and decided to invest.

Since then, he has expanded his restaurant empire across the globe, attracting celebrities and the wealthy, paying  upwards of $100 for a piece of meat!