Vanna White is making some serious cash! Not only is her salary enviable, but her net worth has skyrocketed since joining Wheel of Fortune in 1982. The iconic TV personality is valued at $70 million and is making a whopping $10 million per year, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
To date, Vanna tapped letters on the long-running game show for more than 6,000 episodes and wore more than 5,700 gowns. But Wheel of Fortune actually wasn’t where she made her TV debut.
The Looker actress first appeared on The Price Is Right in June 1980. Although she didn’t show up to the game show as a hostess, Vanna was featured as one of the competitors who made it to “Contestants’ Row.” During that time, the series’ legendary host Bob Barker was the life of the program, until he retired in 2007 and was replaced by comedian Drew Carey.
Vanna got her first taste of Hollywood fame when she began appearing on Wheel of Fortune as a substitute TV personality. When former letter-turner Susan Stafford left the show in 1982, Vanna was quickly chosen as her replacement. The blonde beauty did such an amazing job on the entertainment program, she was given a full-time gig after just three months of filling in.
Since then, Vanna has left a major mark on the world of game show entertainment. Aside from the last few decades joining forces with Wheel of Fortune star Pat Sajak, the beloved hostess has also acted in a handful of films. In 1998, she starred in the comedy Goddess of Love, as well as Graduation Day in 1981, Naked Gun 33 1/3 in 1994, Two Tickets to Paradise in 2006 and more.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, a good portion of Vanna’s money comes from her marriage to ex-husband George Santo Pietro. The former couple — who tied the knot in 1990 but divorced in 2002 — owned lavish properties during their time together. Since they split nearly two decades ago, she uses her income to invest in apartment buildings, as well as flipping houses.
The actress’ massive net worth is also thanks to the plethora of other gigs she picked up throughout her career. On top of modeling for Playboy and other notable outlets, she created her own line of yarns with Lion Brand Yarns called “Vanna’s Choice,” and published a handful of books on how to sew.
Although Vanna has been dominating the game show business for the last 40 years, don’t expect to see her waving goodbye anytime soon. While once chatting with Closer Weekly about the possibility of retirement, the TV icon revealed she doesn’t plan on calling it quits.
“I love my job and my current contract goes through 2022, so you’re going to see me for a while,” she exclusively shared in December 2019. “[I love] how happy we make people … and rich! I mean, how many times do you show up every day and give money away to change people’s lives?”
We can’t imagine Wheel of Fortune without Vanna!