‘Jeopardy!’ Former Highest-Earning Female Contestant Congratulates Amy Schneider on Breaking Record

by Josh Lanier

Holding any record in Jeopardy! is a fleeting affair. The nature of the game means that someone will come along to replace you sooner rather than later. Some fight this while other former champions embrace it. Larissa Kelly chose the latter when Amy Schneider recently unseated her for most money won by a woman on the quiz show.

Kelly, who has a Ph.D. from Princeton University, congratulated Schneider on Friday for surpassing her then-record $666,930 prize total, reports noted. Amy Schneider amassed a win total of $706,800 so far. Kelly said watching Schneider win is more fun than playing the game.

“Well, it was fun to hold a Jeopardy! record for a few years… but it’s been even more fun to watch @Jeopardamy set new standards for excellence, on the show and off,” Kelly tweeted last week. “Congratulations to Amy on becoming the woman with the highest overall earnings in the show’s history!”

Amy Schneider was gracious in victory. She said she hopes another woman will someday top her record, as well.

“Thanks so much,” she replied. “I’m honored to be in your company, and I look forward to someday watching the woman who beats us both!”

All of Schneider’s winning, though, came in regular games. Kelly’s total includes her tournament wins.

Schneider is on the verge of claiming another record. She won her 20th game of Jeopardy! on Tuesday. That ties the mark that Julia Collins set in 2014. Schneider wore a special outfit in homage to the former champ.

“Julia Collins won 20 games, and so this is my 20th game, and so I just wanted to wear a sweater in tribute,” she explained. “She was definitely one of my favorite Jeopardy! champions.”

Schneider will try to take down Collins’ record tonight (Dec. 29).

Amy Schneider Gives Wannabe ‘Jeopardy!’ Champs Advice

Want to become an internationally recognized Jeopardy! champion? Amy Schneider has some tips on reaching that goal. She would know. She’s now tied for the fourth-most wins in the show’s 57-year history. Only Ken Jennings, Matt Amodio, and James Holzhauer have won more.

First off, study. “A good place to start … is by studying J!archive.com,” she said in a recent interview. “That has every Jeopardy! clue ever from the show’s history, and that’s definitely been my main thing during idle times, on commutes.”

Schneider called the archive a “lifesaver.” Second, and much less helpful, have a good brain and smart family. It’s a bit like saying the best way to be wealthy is to be born rich.

Amy Schneider says her brain is just wired for Jeopardy! supremacy. For whatever reason, she said, she can retain facts better than other people. That may be because her parents valued education.

“Just coming from a family that was well educated, valued education and knowledge in general … gave me a great head start,” she relayed.

So, there you have it. If you want to be a Jeopardy! champion be smart.