It takes a sure thoughts to have the ability to compete on Jeopardy!, however solely one of the best of one of the best land on this winner’s circle. These are the highest-earning winners from the sport present — they usually’ve received hundreds of thousands.
Ken Jennings is without doubt one of the most well-known excessive rollers from the ABC sequence. The Washington-born creator is definitely the highest-earning American sport present contestant of all time. Along with successful $2,520,700 throughout his preliminary 74-show run on Jeopardy!, he practically doubled that quantity in quite a few particular tournaments.
In 2005’s Jeopardy! Final Match of Champions, Jennings pulled in $500,000 for second place, and in 2014, he received a $100,000 second-place prize within the Jeopardy! Battle of the A long time. He returned to the winner’s circle in 2020 when he scored the $1 million first-place prize within the Jeopardy! The Biggest of All Time. These are just some of his greatest tournaments.
Later that yr, Matt Amodio entered the winners circle with a 37-game successful streak. The Ph.D. scholar from New Haven, Connecticut, is second solely to Jennings for variety of consecutive wins.
“Ken’s at all times been the face of Jeopardy! to me, so after I consider ‘Jeopardy!’ I consider him,” Amodio stated in a press launch in October 2021. “To [be] proper behind him is a surreal expertise.”
Jennings was very supportive of his newest successor. “What a run!” he tweeted after the Yale scholar’s streak ended along with his 38th sport on the October 11, 2021, episode.
“Referring to #Jeopardy, ‘you're half the person Ken Jennings is’ is a superb praise,” Amodio replied through Twitter, singing his predecessor’s praises. “Referring to life usually, it’s a fair higher one. Thanks for being you, Ken [heart emoji].”
Regardless of being one in every of Jeopardy!’s highest earners, Amodio revealed he doesn’t wish to cease working as a researcher. “I nonetheless haven't any plans to spend a dime of my $1,518,601 winnings,” he wrote in an article for Newsweek days after his ultimate episode aired. “I’m a frugal man and I like having the chance to pack away a piece of cash ought to I would like it sooner or later or to assist out with youngsters.”
Amodio wasn’t the one history-making winner in 2021, although. Amy Schneider shortly turned the sixth highest-earning contestant of all time on Jeopardy that December, and she or he out-earned all different feminine rivals with greater than $700,000 in winnings.
Scroll all the way down to see the highest-earning winners from Jeopardy! (together with tournaments):