Alex Trebek was a game show host and television personality. He was the host of the syndicated game show Jeopardy for 37 seasons. Also, he hosted some other game shows, including High Rollers, the Wizard of Odds, Double Dare, Classic Concentration, Battlestars, and To Tell the Truth. Aside from that, he also made appearances in various television series, in which he usually played himself. By the way, how much is Alex Trebek’s net worth? Find out that information here.
Alex Trebek’s Net Worth
At the time of his death, Alex Trebek had a net worth of $75 million. Alex was known for his role as a host of the syndicated game show called Jeopardy. From 1984 until his death in November 2020, he hosted this syndicated game show. For your information, Alex Trebek died on November 8, 2020, when he was 80 years old after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer.
Annual salary of Alex Trebek from “Jeopardy!” was $18 million. This game show taped 46 days a year, and he shot 5 episodes per day. In other words, he could earn roughly $391,000 every tape day, $78,000 per episode. In comparison to the hosts of another famous long-running game show Wheel of Fortune, Vanna White’s salary is $208,333 per work day, and Pat Sajak’s salary is $312,500 per work day. If we break it down per show, Vanna White obtains $34,722 per show and Pat Sajak obtains $52,083 per show.
Besides his hosting roles, Alex Trebek appeared on various shows as a panelist or player. Along with some other game show hosts like Bill Cullen, Allen Ludden, Wink Martindale, Jack Clark and Gene Rayburn, Alex competed in a week-long round robin tournament on NBC’s “Card Sharks” in the year of 1980 for charity. Alex Trebek ended up winning the tournament. In 1975, he performed on “The Magnificent Marble Machine” show. Also, in 1978, he performed on “To Say the Least” show. In 1976, he competed with Jim McKrell on the “Celebrity Bowling” show, and they won their match against Scatman Crothers and Dick Gautier.
Alex Trebek’s Early Life and Career Beginnings
Alex Trebek was born on July 22, 1940 in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. His father named George Edward Trebek was an immigrant from Ukraine. His mother, Lucille Lagacé was a Franco-Ontarian. Thus, he grew up in a bilingual household speaking both English and French. Alex Trebek attended Sudbury High School, continuing his education at the University of Ottawa. In the year of 1961, he graduated from the University of Ottawa with a degree in philosophy. In that same year, he began his television career working for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Alex began by working as the replacement for announcers, finally moving on to read the national news and cover various special events for the television and radio divisions of the CBC.
Alex Trebek’s Hosting Career
Alex Trebek’s debut hosting job was for the Canadian music program called Music Hop in the year of 1963. Other hosting jobs in Canada such as the high school quiz show (Reach for the Top), CBC host for classical music programs (1967- 1970), and the weekly afternoon game show Strategy (1969). In the year of 1974, he moved to the United States after landing a job hosting the new game show “The Wizard of Odds” for NBC.
From 1970- 1980, Alex Trebek hosted some shows such as High Rollers (NBC), the $128,000 Question, and the Double Dare which is the first and only CBS game show he worked on. Also, he hosted “Battlestars” (NBC), which just aired for 6 months from October 1981 to April 1982. His job as host for the “Pitfall” show sadly ended with him not getting a paycheck. It is because the production company Catalena Productions went bankrupt.
Alex Trebex worked with the game show media mogul Merv Griffin. He eventually filmed 2 episodes for a revival of the syndicated game show called Jeopardy. In 1984, he began hosting it. This is the role he is most popular for in his long career. He got the position as host after the original host declined the job due to creative differences. The “Jeopardy” show has seen success, winning a record number of thirty-three Daytime Emmy Awards.
In the year of 2014, Alex Trebek also set the Guinness World Record for most game show episodes hosted by the same presenter, when he reached 6,829 episodes with “Jeopardy” show defeat Bob Barker’s record from “The Price is Right.” Aside from that, in 1991, he also created broadcast history when he became the first person to host three American game shows at the same time, for his work on the “Jeopardy,” “To Tell the Truth,” and “Classic Concentration” shows.
Alex Trebek’s Real Estate
The primary residence of Alex Trebek was a 10,000 square-foot mansion in Studio City, California that he bought for $2.15 million in 1991. In the middle of 1990s, he spent $4.1 million to purchase a 724-acre horse ranch in the rural city of Creston, California. In 2005, he sold the horse ranch for $10 million. Lastly, he listed his lake home in Nacimiento for $1.4 million in 2016.
Alex Trebek’s Personal Life
In 1974, Alex Trebek married businesswoman Elaine Callei. In 1981, they divorced. Later, Alex married Jean in 1990. They have two children. In March 2019, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer (stage 4). ISince March 2020, he has survived one year of cancer treatment. Sadly, on November 8, 2020, he gave up his battle with pancreatic Cancer.
Alex Trebek was a philanthropist. In a 2014 podcast interview with The Nerdist, he stated that donated a large portion of his wealth to charity every year. In 1998, he donated 74 acres of his property in the Hollywood Hills to the Santa Monica Conservancy. In the year of 2016, he also donated $5 million to the University of Ottawa to fund the Alex Trebek Forum for Dialogue. Aside from that, he has donated $7.5 million to the school.