Lakshmi lived with her maternal grandparents in Chennai for two years before joining her mother in America.
Both of her parents later remarried, and she has a younger half-brother and half-sister on her father's side.
"I can't help who I fell in love with." The two stayed together for eight years before divorcing in 2007., where contestants battle it out in the kitchen.
She also reconnected with her father, a former Pfizer executive from whom she had been estranged for decades.
He then played goalie on the ice hockey team at Yale University where he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Under Forstmann's leadership, Forstmann Little & Company made 31 acquisitions and significant investments and returned more than billion of profits to investors.
Forstmann later attended Columbia Law School where he earned a juris doctorate, which he financed through gambling proceeds. In addition to IMG, some of the firm's investments included Gulfstream Aerospace, Dr.
Her injuries required surgery that left a seven-inch scar along her arm.
Self-conscious at first, Lakshmi came to embrace her scar after she began modeling, when the mark distinguished her. Lakshmi attended Clark University in Massachusetts, starting as a psychology major before graduating in 1992 with a bachelor's in theater.
"Everything is better with her around," she said of her daughter.
Lakshmi countered critics who questioned their relationship.
"I was a published author and an actress before I met my husband," she said.
While studying abroad in Spain, Lakshmi was spotted by a modeling scout in a Madrid bar.
She soon began traveling the world as a model for designers like Armani, Versace and Ralph Lauren."I was the first Indian model to have a career in Paris, Milan and New York," she said.