Who is Pat Sajak and what is his net worth 2018? Pat Sajak is a talk show host who is best known for the TV game show ‘Wheel of Fortune’. He is also a TV personality and also used to work as a weatherman previously. He was raised in Chicago and started his career as a DJ. He has also done DJing for the American soldiers in the Vietnam War. He has also done various films and has appeared in TV series. Some of the TV shows include ‘Super Password ‘, ‘Rugrats’, ‘Days of Our Lives’, and ‘The King of Queens’. He also hosted the show ‘Pat Sajak Weekend’.
Pat Sajak was born on October 26, 1946, in Chicago, Illinois. His mother was Joyce who was remarried to Walter Backal. He attended Farragut High School and graduated from the same in 1964. He then attended Columbia College in Chicago and also used to work as a clerk in Palmer House hotel. In the Vietnam War, he worked as a disc jockey in uniform for the American Forces Vietnam Network.
He won a contest on the Dick Biondi Show on WLS Radio as a guest teen deejay. When in college, he was told by his broadcasting instructor Al Parker, that WEDC radio station was looking for a newsperson. He applied and was recruited for the said job. His timing was scheduled from midnight till 6:00 AM. In the 1970s, he used to do disc jockey for various radio stations and also used to do his own show from 3: 00 pm to 5: 00 pm. He also worked as a Weatherman in KNBC-TV in 1977.
Pat Sajak is married to Lesley Brown Sajak. The couple has a son named Patrick Michael James Sajak and a daughter named Maggie Marie Sajak. The couple resides in Severna Park, Maryland. He also has got a second home in Los Angeles, California. Prior to this, he was married to Sherrill, with whom he divorced.
In 1981, Pat Sajak was approached to be the host of ‘Wheel of Fortune’. However, the idea was rejected by Fred Silverman who was the CEO of NBC. But he was officially appointed a year later and served as the host of Wheel of Fortune from 1983 to 1989. He also did much more versions after that. In 1982, he was seen in the movie Airplane II: The Sequel. He then appeared in ‘The Super Password’ from 1984 to 1989. He was a frequent guest host for ‘The Larry King Live’ on CNN.
In 2003, he hosted the show called Pat Sajak Weekend on Fox News. He was seen as Kevin Hathaway in the ‘Days of Our Lives’. In 2010, he started to write for the National Review Online. He is also the author of various puzzle games. Popular among those is ‘Lucky Letters’ which began in 2007. The games which he developed are syndicated through ‘Universal Uclick’. He has also appeared in ESPN radio shows ‘Highly Questionable’, and ‘The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz’.
Pat Sajak has won many awards and nominations in his career. In 2011, he was conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Awards in the Daytime Emmys. He has won 3 Daytime Emmys out of 16 nominations. In 1987, he won the People’s Choice Award. He has been nominated 4 times in the Online Film & Television Association Awards. In 1994, he got a star on the Hollywood Star Walk of Fame.
Pat Sajak Net Worth
In his capacity, Pat Sajak has done many works in his career. He has been a host and also a weatherman. He is also the external director of the publishing house called Eagle Publishing. Apart from that, he is also the vice chairman and board of trustees of Hillsdale College in Michigan. He is a creative writer and has written for ‘Human Events’ for Claremont Institute. Pat Sajak’s net worth is an estimated $60 million. In 2005, he became an investor of the Golden Baseball League. He also owns the AM radio station WNAV in Maryland. He is an active participant of the blog ricochet.com. He has also written many columns for the magazine Human Events.
Pat Sajak has been associated with the Republican Party. He financially supports ‘Young America’s Foundation’. He also serves as a member of ‘Churches of Christ’.