How she made her pile

Delia Smith, Superchef and a director of Norwich City FC

Who is she?

One of Britain's wealthiest cookery writers and TV chefs – famous for teaching simple recipes for success in the kitchen. She is also majority shareholder of Norwich City FC, where she recently made the headlines for her rowdy behaviour on the touchline, belying her prim on-screen image. She is thought to be worth £18 million.

How did she make her millions?

By selling cookery books (more than 17 million copies in the UK alone) and achieving iconic status as a TV chef in the '80s. She also owned two-thirds of publisher New Crane with her husband, which was sold for £13 million early this year. Norwich City, however, is no money-spinner, having lost £4.6 million on £12.9 million sales in 2002-03.

The secret of her success?

Staying power and dependability. She was once described by fellow chef Anthony Worrall Thompson as the 'Volvo of the kitchen'.

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