Who is Ken Jennings and what is his net worth 2018? Ken Jennings is an American author and game show contestant. He holds the record as the longest winning streak on the game show, Jeopardy. He is also the second highest earner in the game’s history.
Kenneth Wayne “Ken” Jennings III popularly called Ken Jennings was born on May 23, 1974, in Edmonds, Washington, United States. he lived in Seoul, South Korea from 1981 to 1992. He also lived in Singapore from 1992 to 1996. His father worked as the counsel for the Asia Pacific Division of Oracle Corporation and he also worked for an international firm.
Ken Jennings attended Seoul Foreign School, South Korea. The also graduated with a degree in Computer and English from the Brigham Young University. He also attended the University of Washington.
Ken Jennings is married to Mindy (Nee Boam). The couple has two children, a son named Dylan who was born in 2002 and a daughter named Caitlin, born in 2006. He currently resides in Seattle. He loves movies and comic books.
Ken Jennings first appeared on the Jeopardy show in June 2004. He defeated the two-time winner Jerry Harvey. At that time, the show was on season 20. He continued into season 21 on the show. He won 74 games. His winning streak ended on November 30, 2004, when he was defeated by Nancy Zerg. Jennings received a lot of media coverage during his time on the show.
Ken Jennings has written several books including “Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs”. This book talks about his experience on the Jeopardy show. He also wrote “Ken Jennings’s Trivia Almanac: 8,888 Questions in 365 Days”. This book also compiles trivia questions. Jennings has also released five children’s books.
On June 1, 2013, Ken Jennings made his debut appearance as a panelist on “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me”. He has also appeared on other shows including 1 vs. 100. He was eliminated in his second episode. He earned $714.29 on the show. He also participated in “Grand Slam” in 2007. He won in second place.
He also appeared on the show “Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?”. He contested in the October 10, 2008, episode. He refused to attempt the final question which could have made him the second winner of the show. After forfeiting the chance, he was shown the question and he answered correctly. He also appeared on the “Stump the Master” show, “Doug Loves Movies”, and also featured as an expert for “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”.
Ken Jennings Net Worth
Ken Jennings net worth is an estimated $3.5 million. His worth has been accumulated from his huge earnings on the Jeopardy Show and other game shows. he has also written books. He is an ambassador for Microsoft’s Encarta.
Ken Jennings has been listed in the Guinness Book of records as the person with the highest earnings in a game show. It was revealed that the viewer ratings for Jeopardy increased by 22% during Jennings winning streak. The show surpassed Fortune Wheel.