For those fans of the popular show called Wheel of Fortune, you must be familiar with Pat Sajak, the current host and the longest running host of any game show in the world. As he broke the record and he is everywhere, many have been wondering how much he has earned. For everyone who wants to know about his net worth, this post is for you.
According to a popular site who covers the net worth of popular figures named Celebrity Net Worth, Pat Sajak has an estimated net worth of $70 million as of 2021.
As of the time of the writing, Pat Sajak collects a total of $15 million every year from the salary as a host of Wheel of Fortune. He is paid more compared to Vanna White who is paid $10 million every year. Each month, Wheel of Fortune tapes four days and per day, it tapes six shows.
It is said that Pat Sajak and Vanna White tape a total of four days every month, which means 48 days each year. By dividing the number, it can be concluded that Pat Sajak earns $312,500 per workday while Vanna White earns $208,333 per workday while Vanna White brings $34,722 home per show.
Pat Sajak was born to Joyce Helen Brandecka and a factory worker named Leaonard Anthony on October 26, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois, United States of America. When he was a kid, his father left the world forever. He studied at Farragut High School and graduated in 1964. Then, he enrolled in Columbia College Chicago.
- Full Name: Patrick Leonard Sadjak
- Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
- Date of Birth: October 26, 1946
- Age: 73 years old
- Zodiac: Scorpio
- Ancestry: Polish
- Father: Leonard Anthony
- Mother: Joyce Helen Brandecka
- Step Father: Walter Backal
- Sexual Orientation: Straight
- Spouse: Sherrill (divorced); Lesly Born (1989 to present)
- Children: James and Maggie Marie
- Alma mater: Farragut High School, Columbia College Chicago
- Occupation: Media personality, game show host, former weatherman
When he was still in college, the broadcasting instructor of Pat Sajak told him that there was a job vacancy for a news anchor at the local radio station named WEDC. Upon hearing it, he tried his luck by applying. Fortunately, he got the job and he filled the 6 AM time slot.
In 1968, Pat Sajak joined the U.S. Army. It was during the Vietnam war. At the time, he was the DJ on the Armed Forces Radio. He always started his broadcast with the popular tagline “Good morning, Vietnam!”, which was similar to the character played by Robin Williams in the movie of the same name. In the beginning of ’70s, he became a DJ in Nashville. In the late 1970s, Pat Sajak decided to move to Los Angeles to look for a job in the entertainment industry. Shortly after that, he managed to land a position as a weatherman at KNBC-TV in Los Angeles.
This paragraph will talk about Wheel of Fortune, the one that makes Pat Sajak popular. In 1981, Pat was offered by a game show impresario named Merv Griffin a job on the thing known as Wheel of Fortune. Unfortunately, he was not approved by the President of NBC at the time, Fred Silverman, because he is too local. Merv Griffin was against Fred Silverman. He trusted Pat Sajak and believed in him. As a protest, he shut down the whole show and did not want to film the new episodes until his idea to hire Pat Sajak was accepted. Fred Silverman lost and Pat Sajak was hired. For the last 30 years, Pat Sajak has hosted the daytime and syndicated evening versions of Wheel of Fortune. Three years ago, he broke the record and became the longest running host of any game show. His record even surpassed Bob Baker from the Price is Right. In 2019, he received an award from the Guinness World Records. His record does not end here because his contract as a host of that show goes through 2022. By being a host on Wheel of Fortune, he has won three Emmys and was even handed a start on the walk of fame of Hollywood.
Being a host is not the only thing that is nailed by Pat Sajak. In 1982, he spread his wings by starring in the comedy film named Airline II: The Sequel. He played a newscaster from New York named Buffalo.
Aside from Wheel of Fortune, Pat Sajak had his own short lived late night talk show aired on CBS named The Pat Sajak Show. When the show started airing, the man left the daytime version of the popular Wheel of Fortune. He had a former co-anchor Dan Miller as his sidekick. The show started in January 1989 and ended in April a year later.
Pat Sajak made several appearances on Super Password as a guest host. He was also the guest for Password Plus from 1984 to 1989. Besides, he was also the guest host on the game shows named Dream House and Just Men!. Not only that, she was a regular substitute guest host for Regis Philbin on Live with Regis and Kelly. In 2003, he had a show on Fox News named Pat Sajak Weekend and there was also The Pat Sajak Baseball Hour, the one that is described as a syndicated radio sports talk show.
In 2005, Pat Sajak decided to invest in the Golden Baseball League, an independent professional baseball league.
Pat Sajak is really everywhere. He has been on the board of trustees and serves as vice chairman at Hillsdale College in southern Michigan. Not only that, he is also named as an External Director of a conservative publishing house known as Eagle Publishing. The man is known as a regular podcast and poster contributor on the conservative blog named ricochet.com. In 2010, he started to write for the National Review Online. In addition, he is also the author of a few puzzle games such as Lucky Letters that was published in 2007.