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Who is Anthony Bourdain ex-wife, Nancy Putkoski?

Nancy Putkoski was born New Jersey, USA, and is best known as the ex-wife of television personality, author and chef, Anthony Bourdain. They were married for 20 years before their highly publicized divorce in 2005, having known each other since they were in high school.

The Wealth of Nancy Putkoski

How rich is Nancy Putkoski? As of early-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is over $1 million, earned through success in her various endeavors. Her wealth also significantly increased during her marriage to Anthony Bourdain, who has an estimated net worth of $16 million. As she continues her working life, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.

Early Life and Meeting Anthony Bourdain

Not many details are available about Nancy’s life before she met Bourdain. It is known that she attended Dwight-Englwood School in New Jersey, and during her time there, would eventually meet Anthony. The couple would date for a few years before getting married in 1986. She would go on to pursue college studies after matriculating from high school, but there is no information available about the institution she attended or degree she took.
Nancy mainly stayed in the background while her husband slowly earned popularity and fame in his career. She liked to maintain her privacy, so details about her family and even her career were kept away from the media spotlight. It is known that the couple never had children, and there has been speculation as to why, but no confirmed answer.

The Chef Anthony Bourdain

While the couple continued a strong and supportive relationship, Bourdain would go on to study at the Culinary Institute of America, subsequently leading him to become a part of numerous professional kitchens as the years passed, including at Brasserie Les Halles where he became the executive chef. He would steadily make his way to become one of the most influential chefs around the world. In 2000, his book entitled “Kitchen Conffidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly” found a lot of popularity, and increased his fame.

He also forayed unto television which he started doing various television world travel cooking shows. He was a part of “A Cook’s Tour” series on the Food Network, and he also hosted the Travel Channel program entitled “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations”. However, around this time in 2005, his relationship with his wife started to become troubled, which would eventually lead to their divorce. He would go on to continue his career even after his separation from Nancy, and is best known for his current program entitled “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown”. He’s received numerous accolades and achievements throughout his career.


During the time that the couple was breaking down and heading into divorce, Anthony said that having a camera crew on him was quite troublesome as his personal life started to mix in with his ongoing professional television career. He would find himself with less time to have privacy with his wife, which contributed to further the friction they were already experiencing. Even though he referred to her multiple time as the “love of his life”, the couple would eventually break down even after trying to keep their marriage together.

According to reports, Anthony would later state that his constant travelling became the main problem that set them on the path to divorce, which was finalized in 2005 after they had been separated for a year. Since they never had a child, there was not much trouble with the divorce settlement. After the decree nisi, Nancy moved on with her life but laid low, rarely attracting any media attention in her future ventures. On the other hand, Anthony’s popularity increased, and he eventually settled down two years later with mixed martial artist Ottavia Busia. However, that marriage also ended in divorce after nine years, apparently again due to Bourdain’s intense travelling schedule.

Is Nancy Putkoski on Social Media?

Similar to many of the wives or ex-wives of famous television personalities, Nancy has stayed away from the spotlight for most of her life, and does not have any presence online, including avoiding the social media accounts on popular websites such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. This is also the very reason that the media has had trouble catching up to her. With her ex-husband going on to have further relationships after the divorce, interest in her life has also waned over the years that have passed.

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