James Holzhauer is a professional sports gambler and game show contestant from America. He is best known for his 32-game winning streak on the television game show, Jeopardy!. He has set multiple single-game records for winnings and is the third-highest-earning American game show contestant of all time.
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Early Life & Biography
Holzhauer was born on 23 July 1984 in Naperville, Illinois, to his parents Nachiko Ide Holzhauer and Juergen Holzhauer. His father was a German immigrant while his grandmother was Japanese. When he was just four years old, his teachers were amazed by his arithmetic abilities.
As a child, he was very intelligent; hence he was moved up to a fifth-grade math class at the age of seven. He went to the Naperville North High School, where he consistently got A’s on every math test.
Despite being a good student, he often skipped class to play online poker. Holzhauer was part of the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering Team, which won a competition at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. In 2005, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics.
In 2012, Holzhauer married Melissa Sassin, who was a tutor from Washington. His wife also was seen in the game show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, where he won $28,800. In 2014, their first child, Natasha, was born.
His dream job is a front-office position with the Chicago Cubs team.
Age, Height, and Weight
Being born on 23 July 1984, James Holzhauer is 36 years old as of today’s date 6th October 2020. His height is 1.76 m tall, and his weight is 78 kg.
James Holzhauer first appeared on the American quiz show “The Chase” in 2014. In the first one-minute round known as Cash Builder, he answered 12 out of 14 questions correctly. The record has never been surpassed during the show’s run. He earned a $58,333.33 share of the $175,000 team prize pool.
In 2015, Holzhauer appeared on the quiz show 500 Questions but was unable to win any prize. He became a household name when he appeared on more than 33 episodes of the quiz show Jeopardy! in 2019. Holzhauer won $43,680, which was the largest single-game total in the 35th season.
During his 33 appearances, he has won 16 single-day total and is also the first and only player to win $100,000 or more in a single episode. Holzhauer’s average winnings were more than the estimated $43,000 per episode that host Alex Trebek earns.
He also took part in the quiz game show, Tournament of Champions, in 2019. Holzhauer won the two-day final, winning the first game by a larger margin and claimed the $250,000 top prize.
Holzhauer is also a professional sports gambler and played hearts and spades at a card club while he was still in college. In 2008, he moved to Las Vegas to bet professionally on sports. In 2019, he made his debut at the World Series of Poker. He won $600 profit and finished at the 92nd rank.
Awards & Achievements
James Holzhauer has taken part in several quiz based shows in the United States and has also won many of them. He made 33 appearances and is the second-highest winner of the game show Jeopardy!.
He is also the third-highest winning Jeopardy! Contestant ever behind Jennings and Brad Rutter. Based on his success on Jeopardy!, he has been nicknamed “Jeopardy James.” Holzhauer was defeated in his 33rd game, which aired on June 3, 2019, and was watched by 14.5 million people.
He was also seen in the prime-time specials for a million-dollar prize in Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time.
Net Worth & Salary of James Holzhauer in 2020
James Holzhauer has an estimated net worth of more than $2 million as of October 2020. He won $2,464,216 in his 33 appearances in the game show, Jeopardy. He also won $2,522,700 in 75 episodes of the game show in 2004.
His $250,000 top prize in the Tournament of Champions and $250,000 runner-up prize in the Greatest of All Time Tournament brought his total to $2,964,216, making him still the third-highest winning Jeopardy! contestant,
James Holzhauer is one of the most popular game show contestants and professional sports gamblers of the United States. He has donated some of his earnings to the Las Vegas children’s charities. In 2019, he donated $10,000 for disabled teens charity. Some other non-profit organizations where he donates include Naperville Pancreatic Cancer Reach Illinois, Las Vegas non-profit Project 150, and many more.