Guest host and former contestant Ken Jennings took the “Jeopardy!” world by storm in the early 2000s when he appeared on the game show. Jennings put up an impressive 74-game winning streak, a record that’s never been broken so far. But how much did Jennings win?
The contestant ultimately took home $2.52 million after 74 consecutive episodes on the show. But Jennings appeared on the show several times since then, bringing his overall winnings up to $3,270,700. Believe it or not, there’s a contestant who has won more cash than Jennings.
Brad Rutter has won $4,385,702 across his various runs on the show. How did Rutter surpass Jennings’ total? Rutter ultimately won The Tournament of Champions, The Ultimate Tournament of Champions, and the Master Tournament of Champions among others. The contestant took home a healthy sum.
Ken Jennings and His Historic Run
But no contestant has come close to beating Jennings’ impressive record on the show. In fact, late host Alex Trebek believed Jennings set a record in 2004 that would never be beaten. Ultimately, Jennings’ streak came to a close when he failed to guess the right answer during Final Jeopardy. Because as Trebek said, everything eventually comes to an end.
The closest contestant to Jennings’ record-setting streak is James Holzhauer. But he was still 42 games away, having only won 32 during his time on the show. The money and fame were probably welcomed, but Jennings just loves participating in trivia competitions.
“It’s been a great time. It’s the kind of thing that only comes once in a lifetime,” Jennings said after his run. “And I just try to enjoy every minute of it. I really have had a happy life. And I hope nothing changes. I just want to stay the same person that I am despite it all.”
The Contestant Is the Greatest of All Time
But “Jeopardy!” decided to bring Jennings, Holzhauer, and Rutter together to face off for the first time in early 2020. Trebek, who was battling cancer, hosted the “Greatest of All Time” championship. All three contestants battled for ultimate trivia supremacy.
While Holzhauer and Rutter put up a hard-fought match, the title was ultimately Jennings to win. When Trebek passed away last year, Jennings also became the first in a series of guest hosts on the game show. He honored his time filling in Trebek’s usual position with a tribute to the late game show host.