‘Jeopardy!’ Champ on Major Win Streak, Matt Amodio, Reveals How He Plans to Spend Massive Winnings

by John Jamison

Ph.D. student Matt Amodio is quickly becoming one of the highest-earning contestants in the history of “Jeopardy!” The Connecticut native is currently a 10-day champion with more than $300,000 of total earnings. And what better guest host to have during his streak than financial journalist David Faber? During a recent episode, the CNBC anchor asked Amodio how he plans to invest his winnings when he leaves the show.

Faber definitely seems like a pretty authoritative source for some sound financial advice. And he’s well on his way to capturing the hearts and minds of “Jeopardy!” fans. With many not even knowing who he was before he appeared on the game show, he left a positive impression after his debut on Monday.

In his one-on-one conversations with the contestants during the game, he asked Matt about his plans for the veritable fortune he has made in the last week and a half.

“You know I spend a lot of time at my day job talking about the stock market. You’ve made an awful lot of money here. Any thoughts at all about how you might go about investing it?” Faber asked Amodio.

“Yeah, so I’ve never actually owned the ground that I stand on before. And real estate can be a very good investment. So that might be where I go,” Amodio answered.

Apparently, Matt Amodio is as financially responsible as he is talented. The consensus among financial experts is that real estate is generally a great investment. David Faber’s home network CNBC even published an article in 2019 touting the benefits of making such an investment with your money.

It makes sense. As long as there are people, they’re going to need a place to live. And there’s only so much land available out there.

‘Jeopardy!’ Contestant Matt Amodio is Channeling the Former Greats

With his 8-day “Jeopardy!” streak, Amodio earned the mantle of the eighth highest-earning contestant during regular play. And while the accomplishment is all his own, he had no shame in admitting that he’s modeled his game after all-time contestants Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer.

“I think my strategy going in was to watch Ken [Jennings] and try to do whatever Ken does. He’s done TED talks, he does podcasts, and he drops a little bit of knowledge here and there,” Amodio told Entertainment Weekly.

“And then also, James [Holzhauer] brought in a lot of probability-based analysis in terms of which clue selection to do. I just remembered how they did it, and I’m hoping that I’m imitating it as best as I can,” he added.

Take notes, folks. If you want to be one of the highest-earning contestants in “Jeopardy!” history, not only do you have to study your trivia, but you should also consider studying the habits of the ones who did it first.