‘Jeopardy!’: Which Former Champion Has Highest Net Worth?

by Emily Morgan
(Photo by: Eric McCandless via Getty Images) JAMES HOLZHAUER, KEN JENNINGS, BRAD RUTTER

Ken Jennings has long been one of the most recognized names attached to the classic quiz show, “Jeopardy!” making it no surprise that he is one of the richest contestants of all time.

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Jennings is worth a staggering $4 million. In comparison, fellow “Jeopardy!” all-star, Brad Holzhauer is reported to be worth  $2 million. Tying with Jennings, Brad Rutter’s net worth comes in at $4 million.

After long time and cherished host Alex Trebek passed away in November to pancreatic cancer, the show handed over the duties to “Jeopardy!” alum Ken Jennings as a temporary fix. 

The show’s decision seemed logical, considering Jennings is one of the most recognized names attached to the game show and one of the wealthiest winners in the show’s history. 

Jennings first came on the “Jeopardy!” scene in 2004 and stunned audiences everywhere during his record-breaking run in which he won 74 consecutive games, earning him a whopping total of $2,520,700. 

However, Jennings isn’t the whole contestant to have made a name for themselves regarding their “Jeopardy!” earnings. 

Fellow “Jeopardy!” contestant Brad Rutter locked in his place in the official Hall of Fame when he took home a cool $4,938,436 in winnings while on the show. 

After his stint on the quiz show, Jennings was invited to play on another game show in 2014 called “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” During the show’s Guinness World Records Edition episodes, Jennings again showed off his trivia intelligence as host Terry Crews quizzed him on questions. 

‘Jeopardy!’ Hall of Famer Ken Jennings Impressive Game Show Run

Even though he didn’t come close to matching his winnings while on “Jeopardy!” Jennings managed to win an impressive $100,000 while on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.”

However, Jennings had some practice before he appeared on the show. In 2008, Jennings acted as an “Ask the Expert” lifeline on the show’s daytime version and again during the “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” 10th Anniversary Primetime Celebration in 2009. 

Jennings has obviously established himself as the game show GOAT and has a ton of credits to his name. In addition to “Jeopardy!” and “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” he also appeared on NBC’s 1 vs. 100 and brought in $714.29 and Game Show Network’s Grand Slam, earning $100,000. Jennings also brought in $500,000 during his turn on “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” in 2008.