Do you consider yourself to be super smart? If you’re like most of us, you probably at least consider yourself above average. (Yes, we know, only half of us can actually be there.) When it comes to Jeopardy though, the people you’re about to meet are genius level. Their knowledge of trivia is so good that it even made them rich! These are the 25 Biggest Jeopardy! Winners Ever To Play!
Verini’s career earnings on Jeopardy! were $276,802. Apparently, he used the money to finance theatre productions.
Frank set a record in 1990 when he became the first person to win more than $100,000 on the show in less than a week.
Jerome has won a total of $496,602 during all of his appearances on the show.
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After numerous time on the show, Michael’s total winnings came to $203,901.
Not only did Bob win $58,000 on Jeopardy!, he won $250,000 on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.
While his total show earnings of $63,003 may not seem high compared to other winners, Phillips is a 5-time undefeated champion. He’s also an award winning novelist.
The first blind contestant on the show, Eddie won $69,700 and two cars.
A robot built by IBM, Watson beat both Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter (both coming up) to win $77,147.
A teacher at Fenwick High School in Oak Park, Illinois, Colby took home the $250,000 grand prize.
Austin "Buzzy" Cohen
A recording industry executive from LA, Buzzy won $164,603 over 9 games.
A PhD candidate from Chicago, Seth won $265,002 over the course of 12 games.
In a heart-wrenching turn of events, Cindy was diagnosed with terminal cancer after qualifying for the show. Since it was her lifelong dream to compete, the producers sped up the filming for her. She won $105,803 and donated it all to charity.
Holding a degree in biology and working as an IT consultant, Ben had the knowledge to take home $176,534.
This former Senior Policy Adviser to the Senate Finance Committee made $184,900.
A freshman professor of physics at Harvard, Pahk netted himself $199,000.
As a fan of the show since childhood, Jason interviewed for a chance three times! His persistence finally paid off, and he didn’t do too bad when he walked away with $213,900.
A science fiction writer, it’s clear Kelly also has a firm grasp on reality because she netted herself $222,597 on the show.
Tom used his PhD in English Literature to earn himself $235,405.
With 19 games, David comes in third for the most consecutive games won. He also didn’t make out too bad financially with $430,400 of winnings.
Although his strategy of furiously pressing his signaling device was controversial, Chu walked away with a total of $298,200.
At 20 games, Julia has won the second highest number of games in a row. She is also the 5th highest Jeopardy! winner with $478,100.
In 2015, Matt beat Arthur Chu’s 11-game streak with his 12th win. His total earnings are $511,612.
At $530,200, Robert isn’t the richest Jeopardy! winner, but he didn’t do too bad!
With $3,270,700 Ken is the second biggest winner of all time. He also tops the list of most consecutive games won, with 74!
As the biggest all time winner, Rutter made $4,385,702.
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