Ken Jennings Biography

Kenneth Wayne "Ken" Jennings III is an American game show contestant and author. Jennings is noted for holding the record for the longest winning streak on the U.S. syndicated game show Jeopardy! and as being the second highest-earning contestant in American game show history. In 2004, Jennings won 74 Jeopardy! games before he was defeated by challenger Nancy Zerg on his 75th appearance. His total earnings on Jeopardy! are $3,196,300, consisting of $2,520,700 over his 74 wins, a $2,000 second-place prize in his 75th appearance, a $500,000 second-place prize in the Jeopardy! Ultimate Tournament of Champions, a $100,000 win for second-place prize in the Jeopardy Battle of the Decades, as well as half of a $300,000 prize in the IBM Challenge, when he competed against Watson.

During his first run of Jeopardy! appearances, Jennings earned the record for the highest American game show winnings. His total was surpassed by Brad Rutter, who defeated Jennings in the finals of the Jeopardy! Ultimate Tournament of Champions, adding $2,000,000 to Rutter's existing Jeopardy! winnings. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Ken Jennings
Nationality:
United States of America
Profession:
Writer, Software Engineer, Computer Scientist
Religion:
Mormonism
Date of Birth:
May 23, 1974 (46)
Astrological Sign:
Gemini
Marriages
Ken Jennings Timeline
  • 2004-06-02
    Ken Jennings begins his 74-game winning streak on the syndicated game show Jeopardy!.
  • 2004-11-30
    Longtime Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings of Salt Lake City, Utah finally loses, leaving him with $2,520,700 USD, television's all-time biggest game show haul.
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