Game show host Ken Jennings became a TV sensation following his run as a contestant on Jeopardy! in 2004. Since then, he’s continued to captivate the world with his incredible trivia skills, competitive spirit and championship titles as the host of the program. Ken’s impressive run on the iconic series has earned him a profound net worth. Scroll below to see how much money he makes.
What Is Ken Jennings’ Net Worth?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, the Washington native is worth an estimated $4 million. Considering Ken cemented his spot as a “household name during his record 74-game winning streak, the longest in Jeopardy! history,” according to ABC, it’s no surprise he has a ton of money in his bank account.
During his memorable run competing on the series, Ken took home a total of $3,370,700, the network reported. He garnered another $1 million, bumping his total earnings up to nearly $4.4 million, when he won The Greatest of All Time title. Ken beat fellow Jeopardy! legends Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer in the game show special in 2020.
Ken has made a pretty penny on other TV shows too. In addition to taking home more than $500,000 for his stints on Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? and Grand Slam, Ken appeared alongside Brad and James in the ABC series The Chase.
“Each hour-long episode is a fast-paced battle of brain power, where contestants are challenged to think faster than they ever thought possible to answer up to 166 questions across all topics,” the press release read.
When Did Ken Jennings Become a ‘Jeopardy!’ Host?
The beloved star became a guest host on Jeopardy! in early January 2021. Ken, as well as Katie Couric, Aaron Rodgers, Bill Whitaker and Mayim Bialik, took over the show following Alex Trebek‘s death. The iconic frontman died at age 80 following a battle with pancreatic cancer in November 2020. In July 2022, it was announced that Ken and Mayim would be permanently splitting cohosting duties.
How Else Does Ken Jennings Make Money?
In addition to being on TV, Ken earned some cash thanks to his work as an author. So far, he’s written multiple books, including Ken Jennings’s Trivia Almanac, Maphead, Because I Said So! and The Junior Genius Guides. He’s also starred in multiple commercials for companies like FedEx, Allstate, Microsoft, Cingular, IBM and H&R Block, among others.
Prior to finding fame and fortune on Jeopardy!, Ken was working as a software engineer for a Salt Lake City healthcare staffing company. Everything changed, though, when Ken received a call that he was chosen to appear as a contestant on Jeopardy! in June 2004. What a run!