Born In: Edmonds, Washington, United States
Ken Jennings is an American author, consultant and game show contestant best known as the highest earning American game show contestant of all times. Born in Washington, Ken spent his childhood in South Korea and Singapore, where his father was stationed. A ‘Jeopardy!’ fan since childhood, Ken aspired to appear on the popular television game show. Following his college graduation, he began working as a software engineer and in 2004, won the audition to appear on ‘Jeopardy!’ He embarked on a long streak on the show and that lasted for 75 appearances, where he ended up making more than $4.5 million. He further appeared in more game shows such as ‘Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?’ and ‘Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time’. He earned a reputation as a celebrity and was invited for interviews on many talk shows such as ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ and the ‘Late Show with David Letterman’. On many seasons of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’, he appeared as an expert to help the contestants. Apart from his prize winning streaks on television game shows, he has also written books such as ‘Brainiac’, ‘Maphead’ and ‘Because I Said So!’
Also Known As: Kenneth W. Jennings III
Spouse/Ex-: Mindy Jennings
father: Kenneth Wayne Jennings II
siblings: Ian Holzhauer
children: Dylan Jennings
Born Country: United States
U.S. State: Washington
education: Brigham Young University, University of Washington, Seoul Foreign School
He maintained his winning streak for the next five months and was eventually defeated on November 30, 2004, when Nancy Zerg defeated him in his 75th game. He had become a celebrity overtime as ‘Jeopardy!’ was one of the most watched television game show on American television. He ended up winning $2.52 million during his 74 games long streak, which was a record.
Following his 38th straight win, he was invited to appear on the talk show titled ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’. He later also made an appearance on the ‘Late show with David Letterman’. He was further named by Barbara Walters as one of the ten most fascinating people of the year. The Christian Science Monitor Magazine named him ‘The King of Trivia Nation’, while he was named by the Slate Magazine as the ‘The Michael Jordan of Trivia’.
In the final week of December 2004, a show titled ‘Jeopardy! Ultimate Tournament of Champions’ was organized. The show featured former players from almost all the formats of the game and gathered about 145 contestants in total, including Ken. However, despite performing well, Ken could not win the tournament and finished on the second place.
Ken has milked the fame and success he earned through ‘Jeopardy!’ and has written some highly successful books. His first book was titled ‘Brainiac’, which was based on his experiences in the game show ‘Jeopardy!’ and his later researches on the trivia culture that he conducted on his own. In addition, he has written a series of children’s books titled ‘Junior Genius Guides’ and some non-fiction books such as ‘Maphead’ and ‘Ken Jennings’ Trivia Almanac’.
In September 2006, he was seen giving an interview on ‘The Colbert Report’, where he also marketed his book ‘Brainiac’.
Ken has also appeared frequently on the game show ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’, not as a contestant, but as an expert that helps the contestants during the ‘ask the expert’ lifeline. However, he appeared on the show as a contestant once in 2014, where he decided to walk out with $100,000. Once again, if he had gone for the $250,000, he would have been right.
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