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Ken Jennings’ Net Worth: How Much Does He Make Hosting ‘Jeopardy’?

Ken Jennings’ Net Worth: How Much Does He Make Hosting ‘Jeopardy’?

Ken Jennings has been a part of people’s lives since becoming the top champion on Jeopardy. They might want to know his net worth. Jennings has captivated the hearts and eyes of Jeopardy fans for a long time. With the show recently parting ways with Mayim Bialik, Jennings is now the sole host of the show. He’s probably paid quite well for his time.

So, Jennings’ net worth is reportedly $4 million, Celebrity Net Worth reports. He first splashed onto the public scene thanks to his time spent as a contestant on Jeopardy. For his 75-straight-game winning streak on the show, Jennings won $2,522,700. Additional Jeopardy winnings include $1 million for the Jeopardy Greatest of All Time competition. Also, he pocketed $500,000 for a second-place finish in the Ulitmate Tournament of Champions.

Ken Jennings Scores Nice Salary From Show

Jennings has kept adding to his game show winnings with other appearances on different shows, too. When it comes to hosting Jeopardy, though, that’s a whole other story financially. He’s reportedly paid $1 million annually for his work there.

Well, Jennings was born in Edmonds, Washington, and spent a lot of his childhood traveling to other countries. That’s because his father was an international lawyer, and his work called for him to travel. When it came time for college, Jennings enrolled at the University of Washington. His school work was interrupted by a two-year missionary trip for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

When Jennings returned to the United States, he enrolled at Brigham Young University. It was there that Jennings joined their quiz bowl team.

Jennings’ win streak on Jeopardy resulted in the show’s ratings going up. After he finished up his win streak, he became quite a popular guest on talk shows. Among the ones he appeared on include Live with Regis and Kelly and Nightline.

Game Show Star Also Writes Books

He’s also found another channel for his work and that’s in books. Jennings has done some fact-filled books as well as ones that offer information to readers. Also, he’s been able to put together some children’s books as well.

Jennings is married to his wife, Mindy. They have two children.

He does keep busy with his Jeopardy duties. But he’ll also interact some with his fans and followers on social media. Jennings will post things that are associated with his books. He’s also quite proud to be a sports fan of the Seattle pro sports teams.

Yet he does keep his focus pretty much on his game-show duties and his family. Jennings appears to have his priorities in check.