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(Jeopardy contestant, American gambler)

American game show Jeopardy contestant who appeared for 33 episodes.

Relationship Facts of James Holzhauer

James Holzhauer is married to Melissa Sassin Holzhauer.
James Holzhauer married on September 08, 2012.
💑 Anniversary in 48 days 💑
He is father of One daughter (Natasha Holzhauer).
James Holzhauer is not having an affair with anyone presently.
His sexual orientation is straight.

What is the relationship of James Holzhauer?

James Holzhauer is a married man. His girl of dreams turned out to be Melissa Sassin, a tutor from Seattle, Washington.

They married on the 8th of September, 2012, and to date are living happily. His wife appeared on the twelfth season of the U.S. version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in 2014 and won $28,800.

The couple together has a daughter named Natasha who was born on November 9, 2014. The family of three is enjoying their life in Las Vegas.

James Holzhauer and Melissa Sassin have been living together since September 8, 2012.

Relationship History With?

From the relationship data of Married Biography, James Holzhauer and Melissa Sassin first met in Thailand. They tied the knot on September 8, 2012. Since then the couple has been living together with their daughter in Las Vegas.

Relationship Timeline

Who is James Holzhauer Married to?

James Holzhauer has married to Melissa Sassin who is a tutor from Seattle, Washington.

When did they get Married?

James Holzhauer and Melissa Sassin got married on September 8, 2012.

Where did they first meet?

James and Melissa first met in Thailand where Melissa came for the eight-week teaching program.

Why did they Divorce?

The couple has not got divorced. They are living happily in Las Vegas.


James Holzhauer: Biography in Details

Who is James Holzhauer?

James Holzhauer is an American game show Jeopardy contestant who appeared for 33 episodes.

He is also a professional sports gambler. He is the fourth-highest-earning millionaire from Jeopardy.

The contestant rose to fame for his 32-game winning streak as champion.

James Holzhauer- Age, Ethnicity, Early Life & Education

James Holzhauer was born on July 23, 1984, in Naperville, Illinois. According to western astrology, his birth sign is Leo and he is 37 years old as of today. he belongs to mixed ethnicity and follows Christianity.

James Holzhauer resembles the German ethnic group as his father Juergen Holzhauer was a German immigrant. His mother’s name is Nachiko Ide Holzhauer.

Further, he also relates to Japanese as his grandmother was Japanese. His sole motive to enter Jeopardy was to fulfill his promise to his grandma.


Talking about his educational background, he went to Naperville North High School. From a young age, he was more into building his IQ, he was brilliant at arithmetic but he seemed less interested in the school curriculum. The teachers had to develop advanced classwork for him.

James Holzhauer was an A grader in maths, individual tests but he ended up getting C grades as he used to skip class and homework to memorize sports statistics.

Despite having high intellect, his parents were worried about seeing him more focused on playing online poker games. He loved to memorize vague baseball and professional wrestling statistics.

Later, he completed his Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of Illinois, in 2005.

Moreover, Holzhauer was a member of the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering Team and participated at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

He got first place in physics, second in math, and thus the contribution overall led the team to win the same state competition.

James Holzhauer- Height, Weight, Haircolor

James Holzhauer stands at 5 feet and 7 inches tall and has an average weight like another American man. His other vital body statistics like biceps, muscles, shoe size are missing.

Also, James Holzhauer has a fair skin complexion, thick brown eyebrows, brown hair, and eyes of the same color. He also loves to keep himself clean shaved.

James Holzhauer- Job & Career

To begin with his career, he took part in three major American TV game show The Chase, Jeopardy, and 500 Questions. He first appeared on the American quiz show 500 Questions on May 22, 2015.

Before that, he appeared in the game show The Chase on September 2, 2014. In the show, he set a record for the Cash Builder in his first-round which could not be exceeded during the Show’s run.

James Holzhauer faced Mark Labett in the second round and played for $60,000. He competed in the finals by scoring five right and one wrong in the same round. Simultaneously, he earned $175,000 in the finals by answering 19 questions correctly for his team.


From April to June 2019, he participated in Jeopardy in the 35th season. He managed to have 32 consecutive wins on the show and set a record for the future contestants.

His multiple single-game records for winnings and Tournament Champions inspire fellow Jeopardy contestants as well. During his fourth game, he broke the record set of Roger Craigin 2010 by winning $110,914 over $77,000.

James Holzhauer was defeated in his 33rd game by Emma Boettcher. The episode aired on June 3, 2019, and received 14.5 million views. To sum up, his average earnings on the show were more than the host of the show itself.

James Holzhauer took a two-pronged approach to play, selecting the highest-value clues which in turn might favor him In Daily Double.

Gambling Career

During his journey as a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, he played hearts and spades at a card club. He indulged himself in poker betting.

Particularly after his graduation, he moved to Las Vegas in 2008 to bet professionally on sports. He started at the World Series of Poker in 2019.

He stood out 92nd out of 1,867 on a No-Limit Hold’em Super Turbo Bounty game and made a notable profit of $ 600.

James Holzhauer- Net worth, Salary

Moving on to his great fortune, James Holzhauer has listed himself among millionaires that too earn from a game show. As of 2022, he has an estimated net worth of $2 million.

James Holzhauer won $2,464,216 in his 33 appearances and also created the show record for single-game winnings with $131,127. Besides that, his other salary and riches details are concealed.

Social Media

Talking about his social media presence, James Holzhauer is active with an official account on Twitter with 268.8k followers. While he has an official fan page on Facebook with 20k followers.

Also, James Holzhauer has a random fan page on Instagram with 1921 followers. He is not available on platforms like YouTube and TikTok.


To date, James Holzhauer has managed to keep himself away from rumors, and controversies that call for unnecessary disturbances in his personal and professional life. he kept a low and clean profile among his supporters.


  • He supported Las Vegas children’s charities by donating $10,000 on April 7, 2019.
  • Based on his success on Jeopardy!, he has been nicknamed “Jeopardy James.”
  • He appeared in a total of 3 major TV game shows to date.


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