‘Jeopardy!’: How Do Amy Schneider’s Winnings Compare To Greats Like Ken Jennings, James Holzhauer?

by Kati Michelle

“Jeopardy!” champ Amy Schneider started off the new year with a pretty scary experience. She was robbed of her ID, credit cards, and phone in California last weekend. Schneider took to Twitter to update the fans and let them know that although she was a bit shaken up, she was physically okay all things considered.

As the highest-earning and longest-winning female contestant in the game show’s history, it looks like Schneider will recover from the unfortunate incident. She’s got bigger fish to fry, after all. But just how close is she to taking over the other greats like Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer? Let’s break that down.

If You’re Tuning In Then You’re Watching ‘Jeopardy!’ History in the Making

Amy Schneider’s 24-day-winning streak has brought in a total of $897,600 for the wiz. That puts her fourth on the list in terms of lifetime “Jeopardy!” earnings and hot streaks. So, as it currently stands, Amy Schneider falls behind Ken Jennings, Matt Amodio, and James Holzhauer. Here’s an easier way to digest that information with numbers provided by The Mercury News.

Check it out:

Ken Jennings$2,520,70074$34,064$3,370,700
Matt Amodio$1,518,60138$39,963$1,518,601
James Holzhauer$2,464,21632$74,673$2,464,216
Amy Schneider$897,60024$37,400$897,600

Of course, this could all change and a lot of Outsiders hope it does. Watching Amy Schneider annihilate the competition has been a really special treat for a lot of folks, especially those in the LGBTQ+ community.

“Amy is using her history-making appearances and new platform to raise awareness of transgender issues and share a bit of her personal story too,” said Nick Adams. Adams is GLAAD’s director of transgender representation. “We can’t wait to see how long her run lasts.”

The former female contestant whose record Schneider broke (Larissa Kelly) also recently congratulated the “Jeopardy!” champ, so it looks like Schneider’s got enough cheerleaders to snuff out any of the straggling naysayers out there.

Amy Schneider Announces Short Media Break Following Illness

Although Amy Schneider has been regularly interacting with the fans on Twitter and live-tweeting her reactions to the “Jeopardy!” episodes, she will be taking a short break. She announced that she picked up some sort of illness and will be taking off some time for a little R&R.

You can read the first of her Twitter thread here:

The second part simply states: “For now, just know that a) I’m fine b) I fully intend to post full game threads for every episode, and c) I’m so so grateful for all the support I’ve received! See you soon!”