Ken Jennings is an American game show contestant, computer scientist, and author who is best known for winning U.S. game show Jeopardy! 74 times and is the second highest-earning American game show contestant of all time. Also, he sets the record for the longest winning streak on the U.S. game show Jeopardy!.
Ken Jennings: Age, Parents, Siblings, Family, Nationality, Ethnicity
He was born on May 23, 1974, in Edmonds, Washington, USA. His birth name is Kenneth Wayne Jennings III. He was born to father Kenneth Wayne Jennings II while the name of his mother is not known. Also, the details of his siblings are not available.
His family lived in Seoul, South Korea from 1981 to 1992 and Singapore from 1992 to 1996 where his father worked as an attorney and then as Asia Pacific Division Counsel of Oracle Corporation.
Ken holds American citizenship but his ethnicity is unknown.
Ken Jennings: Education, School/College University
He joined the Seoul Foreign School and then joined Brigham Young University in 1996 from where he graduated with a degree in Computer Science and English. In addition, he studied at the University of Washington during his freshman year.
Ken Jennings: Professional Life and Career
He was a member of BYU’s Quiz Bowl Team and worked as a software engineer for a Salt Lake City health care staffing company.
Jennings came on the show Jeopardy!, as a contestant in the 20th season whose first episode aired on June 2, 2004. On November 30, 2004, his winning streak as the winner of Jeopardy! ended when he lost his 75th game to challenger Nancy Zerg having won over $2.5 million total.
On December 28, 2004, Sony announced Jeopardy! Ultimate Tournament of Champions, a 15-week, 75-show which featured College Championship, Tournament of Champions, and Teen Tournament winners from the show’s 21 seasons, as well as over 100 five-time champions.
However, Ken Jennings did not win the competition as Brad Rutter defeated both Jennings and Jerome Vered. Jennings’s final score was $34,599 while Rutter and Vered’s scores were $62,000 and $20,600 respectively. For finishing in the second place he won the $500,000 prize.
After that, he made his appearance in ‘Jeopardy! Battle of the Decades’ (2014), ‘Jeopardy! All-Star Games’ (2019), ‘Stump the Master’, ‘Doug Loves Movies’, ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’, ‘1 vs. 100’, ‘Grand Slam’, ‘Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?’, ‘500 Questions’, etc.
Moreover, he is an author and has written 21 books including some children’s books. His notable books include are ‘Weird World of Geography Wonks’ (2011), ‘Planet Funny’ (2018), ‘Because I Said So!’ (2012), ‘Maphead: Charting the Wide’, and ‘Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious’, ‘Competitive’, ‘Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs’ (2006).
Ken Jennings: Awards, Nominations
For finishing in the second place he won the $500,000 prize in ‘Jeopardy!’.
Ken Jennings: Net Worth($4M), Income, Salary
He has an estimated net worth of around $4 million and he has earned that sum of money from his professional career.
Ken Jennings: Rumors and Controversy/Scandal
Ken Jennings thinks James Holzhauer’s ‘Jeopardy!’ run is ‘Insane,’ but warns against betting on him.
Body Measurements: Height, Weight, Body Size
Ken Jennings has a height of 5 ft. 10 inches and has green eyes and blonde hair. Other information about his shoe size, dress size, etc. are unknown.
Social Media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.
Ken Jennings has around 15.7k followers on Facebook, about 314k followers on Twitter but he has hidden his Instagram followers.
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