Kenneth Wayne Jennings III (born May 23, 1974) is an American game
show contestant and author. Jennings holds the record for the longest
winning streak on the U.S. syndicated game show
Jeopardy! and as being
the second highest-earning contestant in game show history. In 2004,
Jennings won 74
Jeopardy! games (in a row) before he was defeated by
challenger Nancy Zerg on his 75th appearance. His total earnings on
Jeopardy! are $3,196,300, consisting of $2,520,700 over his 74 wins, a
$2,000 second-place prize in his 75th appearance, a $500,000
second-place prize in the
Jeopardy! Ultimate Tournament of Champions,
a $100,000 win for second-place prize in the Jeopardy Battle of the
Decades, as well as half of a $300,000 prize in the
when he competed against Watson.
During his first run of
Jeopardy! appearances, Jennings earned the
record for the highest American game show winnings. His total was
surpassed by Brad Rutter, who defeated Jennings in the finals of the
Jeopardy! Ultimate Tournament of Champions (first aired on May 25,
2005), adding $2,000,000 to Rutter's existing
Jennings regained the record after appearing on several other game
shows, culminating in an appearance on Are You Smarter Than a 5th
Grader? (first aired on October 10, 2008), though Rutter retained the
record for highest
Jeopardy! winnings and once again passed Jennings'
total after his victory in the 2014 Jeopardy Battle of the Decades
After his success on Jeopardy!, Jennings wrote about his experience
and explored American trivia history and culture in his book Brainiac:
Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia
Buffs, published in 2006.
1 Early life
2 Streak on Jeopardy!
2.1 End of the streak
2.2 Effect of the streak on Jeopardy!
2.2.1 Ratings effect
2.3 Media appearances and coverage during the streak
4 After Jeopardy!
4.1 Blog controversy
4.2 Other game show appearances
4.3 American Crossword Puzzle Tournament
4.5 Tuesday trivia emails
4.7 Omnibus podcast
6 Personal life
7 See also
9 External links
Born in Edmonds, Washington, Jennings grew up in Seoul, South Korea
Singapore (1992–1996), where his father worked for
an international law firm and then as Asia Pacific Division Counsel of
Oracle Corporation. He watched
Jeopardy! on American Forces Network
television while growing up.
Jennings went to
Seoul Foreign School where he completed an
International Baccalaureate diploma and then graduated with a degree
Computer Science and English at Brigham Young University, where he
played on the school's quizbowl team for three and a half years.
Jennings attended the
University of Washington
University of Washington during his freshman
Streak on Jeopardy!
Jeopardy! contestants were limited to five consecutive
games. At the beginning of the show's 20th season (in 2003), the rules
were changed to allow contestants to remain on the show as long as
they continued to win. After this rule change, and until Jennings'
run, the record winning streak was set by Tom Walsh, who won $186,900
in eight games in January 2004.
Jeopardy! appearance, Jennings was a member of BYU's Quiz
Bowl Team. Jennings' run began during Jeopardy!'s 20th season with
the episode aired on June 2, 2004, in which he unseated two-time
returning champion Jerry Harvey, and continued into season 21. In that
first episode, Jennings's entire winning streak nearly ended before it
even began. The Final Jeopardy answer was, "She's the first female
track & field athlete to win medals in five different events at a
single Olympics." Jennings responded with "Who is Jones?" referring to
Marion Jones (the shows were recorded before she was stripped of her
medals as a result of admitted doping). Host
Alex Trebek said, "We
will accept that, in terms of female athletes, there aren't that
many." If the response had not been accepted, Jennings would have
finished in third place, and challenger Julia Lazarus would have won
the game instead. Jennings' run was interrupted by the off-season
break in July until September, 2004 Kids' Week, the Tournament of
Champions (aired from September 20, 2004 through October 1, 2004), the
2004 U.S. Presidential Election
2004 U.S. Presidential Election (aired on Tuesday November 2, 2004,
pushing his weeks of episodes to air from Wednesday to Saturday) and
the College Championship (aired from November 10, 2004 through
November 23, 2004). He did not participate in the Tournament of
Champions, as invitations are only extended to champions who have
already been defeated (with the exception of the winner(s) of the
College Championship), which Jennings had not yet been.
End of the streak
On November 30, 2004, Jennings' reign as
Jeopardy! champion ended when
he lost his 75th game to challenger Nancy Zerg. Jennings responded
incorrectly to both Double
Jeopardy! Daily Doubles, causing him to
lose a combined $10,200 ($5,400 and $4,800, respectively) and leaving
him with $14,400 at the end of the round. As a result, for only the
tenth time in 75 games, Jennings did not have an insurmountable lead
going into the Final
Jeopardy! round. Only Jennings and Zerg, who
Jeopardy! with $10,000, were able to play Final Jeopardy!
as third-place contestant David Hankins failed to finish with a
positive score after Double Jeopardy!.
Jeopardy! category was Business & Industry, and the clue
was "Most of this firm's 70,000 seasonal white-collar employees work
only four months a year." Jennings appeared perplexed during the time
allowed to write a response, while Zerg finished her response quickly.
Zerg responded correctly with "What is H&R Block?" and wagered
$4,401 of her $10,000, giving her a $1 lead over Jennings with his
response still to be revealed. Jennings incorrectly responded with
"What is FedEx?" and lost the game with a final score of $8,799 after
his $5,601 wager was deducted from his score. After his response was
revealed to be incorrect, the audience audibly gasped. He was awarded
$2,000 for his second-place finish, which gave him a final total of
$2,522,700 for his run on Jeopardy!. Zerg, whom Jennings called a
"formidable opponent," finished in third place on the next show. The
audience gave a standing ovation in honor of both contestants, and
Trebek called Zerg a "giant killer" as Jennings embraced her.
Jennings' 75 matches took place over a span of 182 calendar days.
Effect of the streak on Jeopardy!
Jeopardy! implemented some backstage changes during Jennings' run.
Normally, players only get a short time to practice, but more
rehearsal time was added so that the new players could get comfortable
with the buzzers. Additionally, the person who managed the buzzer
system was changed. In his book Brainiac, Jennings says that the
consistency of the original manager's timing had given an increasing
advantage to continuing players, and that the change made a noticeable
difference in the second season that he was on the show. At one point,
Johnny Gilbert stopped announcing Jennings' total wins
during the show's opening.
On December 1, 2004, the day after his defeat,
Jeopardy! broke with
tradition by having Jennings make a guest appearance at the start of
the broadcast, during which host
Alex Trebek acknowledged his success
and enumerated the various game show records he had broken.
Jennings appeared in
The Guinness Book of World Records
The Guinness Book of World Records under "Most
cash won on a game show."
According to the Nielsen TV National People Meter, Jeopardy!'s ratings
were 22% higher during Jennings' run than they were during the same
period the previous year. For several weeks of the winnings streak,
Jeopardy! was ranked as TV's highest-rated syndicated program. By
the end of Jeopardy!'s 20th season several weeks later, the show had
surpassed Wheel of Fortune in the ratings but Wheel, which is usually
Jeopardy! in programming, also benefited from Jennings'
Media appearances and coverage during the streak
Jennings has received a good deal of American media coverage. After
his 38th win on Jeopardy!, during the summer break between tapings,
Jennings made a guest appearance on Live with Regis and Kelly. There
Jennings revealed that he had failed to qualify for Who Wants to Be a
Millionaire, once hosted by Regis Philbin. During that guest
appearance, Jennings said, "
Jeopardy! is a man's game... it's not like
Jennings appeared on the
Late Show with David Letterman
Late Show with David Letterman to present
Letterman's "Top Ten List" (Top ten ways to irritate Alex Trebek). He
appeared again on the program on the night his final show was
televised, in addition to interview segments airing that night on
local late evening news programming and on Nightline. Barbara Walters
selected Jennings as one of the "Ten Most Fascinating People of 2004"
for her twelfth annual
ABC News special, which aired on December 8,
2004. While on his media tour following his final game, Jennings taped
a segment for Sesame Street.
TV Guide featured a segment of "The Top
Ten TV Moments of 2004", in which Jennings' loss placed third. On
December 1, 2004, A&E aired an episode of Biography on Jennings
Jeopardy! notables, including
Frank Spangenberg and Eddie
On December 28, 2004, Sony announced a 15-week, 75-show Jeopardy!
Ultimate Tournament of Champions. It featured Tournament of Champions,
College Championship, and Teen Tournament winners from the show's
21-year run, as well as over 100 five-time champions. Jeopardy!'s
executive producer, Harry Friedman, explained:
The 2003 rule change, which allows
Jeopardy! players to keep playing
until they're defeated, raised the question about how other five-time
champions might have played under this rule. This tournament is an
opportunity to give those past champions another chance to shine.
The field totaled 145 players including Jennings, who, unlike the
other competitors, was automatically placed in the finals. The
Ultimate Tournament of Champions offered substantial cash prizes; with
a grand prize of $2,000,000 to the winner, $500,000 for the first
runner-up, and $250,000 for the second runner-up. Guaranteed prize
money was offered to all contestants.
In the final round of the Ultimate Tournament,
Brad Rutter decisively
defeated Jennings and Jerome Vered, with respective final scores of
$62,000, $34,599, and $20,600. Jennings won the $500,000 prize for
second place, but as a result of the Ultimate Tournament, Rutter
temporarily displaced him as the highest overall winner of money on a
game show. Jennings has said he is still happy with his second-place
From February 14–16, 2011, Jeopardy's "
IBM Challenge" featured the
computer company's Watson against Jennings and Rutter in two matches
played over three days. The winner of the competition was Watson,
winning $1 million for two charities, while Jennings was second and
Rutter was third, receiving $300,000 and $200,000, respectively.
Jennings and Rutter each pledged to donate half of their winnings to
This was the first ever man-versus-machine competition in the show's
history. At the end of the first episode, in which only the first
Jeopardy! Round was aired, Rutter was tied with Watson at
$5,000, while Jennings was in third with $2,000. After the second
episode in which the first game was completed, Jennings remained at
third with $4,800 while Rutter at second had $10,400. The
competition ended with Watson with $77,147, Jennings with $24,000, and
Rutter with $21,600. Below his response during the Final Jeopardy!
Round, Jennings wrote on his screen "I for one welcome our new
computer overlords." It was the first time Rutter had been defeated
against any human player, although the defeat is not on Rutter's
Jeopardy! official record, as the competition was deemed an
Jennings wrote about playing against Watson for Slate.
Jeopardy! aired a special 5-week
Jeopardy! Battle of the
Decades tournament. Jennings made it to the finals along with Brad
Rutter and Roger Craig. Jennings placed second, winning a $100,000
prize, and Rutter won first place, securing a $1,000,000 prize.
Ken Jennings in 2005
Taking advantage of the notoriety that Jennings's losing Final
Jeopardy! answer afforded, H&R Block offered Jennings free tax
planning and financial services for the rest of his life. H&R
Block senior vice president David Byers estimated that Jennings owed
approximately $1.04 million in taxes on his winnings.
In a 2011 Reddit IAmA, Jennings recalled how in 2004 the Democratic
Chuck Schumer and
Harry Reid unsuccessfully asked Jennings
to run for the
United States Senate from Utah. Jennings commented,
"That was when I realized the Democratic Party was f@#$ed in '04."
Jennings has written several books. Brainiac: Adventures in the
Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of
Trivia Buffs details his
Jeopardy! and his research into trivia culture
conducted after the completion of his run. Ken Jennings's Trivia
Almanac: 8,888 Questions in 365 Days, a hardcover book, is a
compilation of trivia questions—with 3 categories and about 20
questions per day of the year. Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird
World of Geography Wonks explores the world of map and geography
enthusiasts. Because I said so! is a humorous examination of 'The
myths, tales & warnings every generation passes down to its
kids'. He also has written five books for his children's series,
Junior Genius Guides. 
Jennings also had a column in
Mental Floss magazine called "Six
Degrees of Ken Jennings", in which readers submit two wildly different
things and he has to connect them in exactly six moves, much in the
same vein as the
Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon
Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game. The column ran
from November 2005 to the September–October 2010 issue.
According to Variety.com, Jennings and television producer Michael
Davies teamed up as executive producers on a new game show format for
Comedy Central. According to
Comedy Central execs, it was planned that
Jennings would co-host and participate. The series was planned to
premiere late in 2005 or in the first quarter of 2006; as of April
2006, development had stalled, and the show's future remained
uncertain. Jennings explained on his website that "Stephen Colbert's
show was doing so well in its post-Daily Show spot that Comedy Central
decided they weren't in the market for a quiz show anymore." However,
as of mid-2006, he was still shopping a potential game show titled,
Ken Jennings vs. the Rest of the World.
Jennings appeared on
The Colbert Report
The Colbert Report on September 13, 2006. During
the interview, Colbert discussed Jennings's book, Brainiac, and mocked
him not knowing the number of pages the book contained. After Colbert
coined a word to describe intellectual nerdiness, "poindexterity",
Jennings was going back and forth of what is the correct noun for
"poindexter." Jennings noted, as he had done earlier that day on NPR's
Talk of the Nation, that since his streak, people "seem to have an
extra-hard trivia question" in case they run into him.
He also appeared twice on NPR's
Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!
Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! program.
In his Feb. 25, 2006 appearance on the "Not My Job" segment, he
answered all three questions correctly, winning for a listener Carl
Kasell's voice on that person's home answering machine. Jennings
stated, "This is the proudest moment of my game show life." On
June 1, 2013, Jennings made his debut as a panelist on Wait Wait Don't
Entertainment Weekly put his performance on its end-of-the-decade
"best of" list, saying, "Answer: A software engineer from Utah, he
dominated the quizfest for a record 74 shows in 2004, amassing
$2,520,700. Question: Who is Ken Jennings?"
Jennings made the news in July 2006 when an article in the New York
Post by Michael Starr criticized Jennings for what Starr perceived as
lack of loyalty and gratitude on Jennings' part, citing an open letter
to the producers of
Jeopardy! and host
Alex Trebek that Jennings wrote
on his blog. Jennings responded on his blog by explaining that
the blog entry was satirical in tone, saying, "[Starr] knows there's
no way I was genuinely calling for angry bees and ventriloquist's
dummies to be added to the
Jeopardy! format. It's a humor piece, and
one which gets its laughs from the outrageous non sequiturs it
proposes, not the ripeness of its target for criticism." Jennings
had already posted a more serious comment defending Trebek that
remains on his website.
Other game show appearances
Jennings appeared on the first two episodes of the NBC game show 1 vs.
100 on October 13 and 20, 2006 as a mob member. He incorrectly
answered the question, "what color is the number 1 space on a standard
roulette wheel?" as "black" instead of "red" in his second episode,
eliminating him from the game. (He explained that he did not know the
answer because his Mormon faith prohibits gambling.) He left the
show with $714.29, his share of a $35,000 prize shared among 49 Mob
members. Jennings returned to the show for a special "Last Man
Standing" episode aired on February 9, 2007. He was eliminated on the
final question, which asked which of the three options had been
married the most times; he answered King Henry VIII, while the correct
answer was Larry King. This episode was the first time Jennings had a
chance at a rematch against rival Brad Rutter, who was also part of
the mob and was eliminated before Jennings.
Ken Jennings in 2008
In 2007, Jennings was invited to be a contestant on the game show
Grand Slam hosted by
Dennis Miller and Amanda Byram, also a Sony
Pictures production. The show debuted on
Game Show Network
Game Show Network (GSN) on
August 4, 2007, and featured sixteen former game-show winners in a
single-elimination tournament. Jennings, seeded second behind Brad
Rutter, won the tournament and became the 2007 Grand Slam Champion
Ogi Ogas (a second-round winner against Rutter) in the
finals. He earned $100,000 for his victory.
Jennings was a contestant on an episode of Are You Smarter Than a 5th
Grader? that aired on October 10, 2008, which held the possibility of
exceeding Rutter's total game show winnings. After winning $500,000,
enough to surpass Rutter's total, Jennings chose not to attempt the
final $1,000,000 question, which would have deducted $475,000 from his
winnings if he missed it. As is customary on the show, Jennings was
then shown the question to see what would have happened, and he
provided the correct answer. Had he risked his winnings and correctly
answered the question, he would have become the show's second
From 2008 to 2009, Jennings appeared on GSN on Fridays for the trivia
game Stump the Master. Home viewers send questions via the GSN
website. Four callers are put on hold and Jennings selects from one of
the categories. The caller for the category he picked comes on the
line and reads the question. If Jennings does not answer or is
incorrect, the caller wins $1,000 or more. Any time Jennings is right,
the jackpot is increased by $1,000. All callers are given a small
prize, whether they participate on the air or not.
Jennings has appeared on multiple episodes of Doug Loves Movies,
hosted by Doug Benson, and has won a few times.
Jennings also appeared on two other Sony Pictures Television game
shows, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, as a frequent expert for the
lifeline "Ask the Expert", and also taped a pilot for the proposed
2009 CBS revival of Sony's The $25,000 Pyramid.
Jennings appeared on Millionaire in 2014 as a contestant during
Guinness World Records Edition themed week, where he won $100,000
after deciding to walk away on his $250,000 question. If he had gone
for it, he would have been right and would have won $250,000.
Jennings appeared on the second-season premiere of
500 Questions on
May 26, 2016 and was eliminated on the fourth question, leaving
with no winnings.
Jennings appeared on an episode of
@midnight aired May 15, 2017 during
the fourth season, which he won. As a result, he served as the
funniest person on the internet for May 16, 2017.
American Crossword Puzzle Tournament
Jennings won the rookie division of the American Crossword Puzzle
Tournament (ACPT) in 2006. In his first time competing, Jennings
placed 37th overall. He also served as the award's presenter, becoming
the first contestant to present an award to himself. He has not
competed in the tournament since.
Jennings had a weekly trivia column Kennections in Parade
magazine. In it, five questions are posed and their answers are
all connected to a mystery topic, which the readers are to guess.
Parade ceased publishing the quiz in early 2015, and removed links to
archived quizzes in March 2015. Kennections now appear in the online
Mental Floss magazine.
Tuesday trivia emails
Every Tuesday, Jennings sends an email out containing seven questions,
one of which is designed to be Google-resistant. Subscribers
respond with the answers to all seven questions and the results are
maintained on a scoreboard on Jennings' blog. At times he chooses
to run multi-week tournaments, awarding the top responder with all
seven answers correct with such things as a signed copy of his newest
Paste named his
Twitter one of "The 75 Best
Twitter Accounts of 2014"
ranking it at #10.
Jennings was the subject of some controversy for posting a tweet when
he wrote "Nothing sadder than a hot person in a
Jennings again faced controversy when on November 10, 2015, he tweeted
a joke about the death of Daniel Fleetwood, a lifelong
Star Wars fan
who died of cancer. Fleetwood's dying wish was to see Star Wars: The
Force Awakens fearing he likely would not live to see the film when it
opened in theaters in December 2015. An online campaign was started on
his behalf and his wish was granted only days before he died. Jennings
said “It can’t be a good sign that every fan who has seen the new
Star Wars movie died shortly thereafter.”
Jennings once more faced controversy when on May 31, 2017 he tweeted a
joke involving Barron Trump, the youngest child of U.S. President
Donald Trump. According to TMZ, after 11-year-old
Barron Trump saw an
Kathy Griffin holding a bloody Trump mask, he believed it was
real and screamed. Jennings wrote, "
Barron Trump saw a very long
necktie on a heap of expired deli meat in a dumpster. He thought it
was his dad & his little heart is breaking." After the tweet
garnered controversy, Jennings said, "The joke doesn't mock Barron. It
mocks using him for political cover."
On September 7, 2017,
HowStuffWorks unveiled a new show entitled
Omnibus, co-hosted by Jennings and John Roderick, frontman of the
indie-rock band The Long Winters. They will pick topics they fear
might be lost to history and discuss them.
Jennings agreed to a deal with
Microsoft to promote its Encarta
encyclopedia software (which was later discontinued). He is also
engaged in speaking deals through the Massachusetts-based speakers
agency American Program Bureau. In 2005,
Cingular Wireless (now
AT&T) featured Jennings in commercials portraying him as having
lots of "friends and family" (coming out of the woodwork, because he
is now "stinking rich").
University Games produced a Can You Beat Ken? board game, in which
players vie against each other and Jennings in an attempt to earn $2.6
million first. Each question in the game was asked to Jennings, and
his answers, both correct and incorrect, are recorded on the
Ken Jennings is an active member of the trivia app, FleetWit,
regularly playing in the live trivia races. On average, he answers
89% of questions correctly and has won over $2,000.00 to date.
He and his wife Mindy (née Boam) have a son, Dylan, born in 2002,
and a daughter, Caitlin, born in 2006.
Jennings currently resides in the
Seattle metropolitan area. He has
stated that he is an avid comic book and movie geek with a website
listing his top 4,000 favorite movies. He also writes questions for,
edits the literature and mythology categories of questions of, and is
otherwise active in the
National Academic Quiz Tournaments (NAQT), a
quiz bowl organization; in particular, he moderated (i.e., read
questions) at the 2005, 2006, and 2009 NAQT National High School
Tournaments in Chicago.
Jeopardy! winning streak, Jennings was a software engineer
for CHG Healthcare Services, a healthcare-placement firm in Holladay,
Jennings regularly competes in
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Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ken Jennings.
Jeopardy! web site
Jennings' February 2013 TED talk (video), "Watson, Jeopardy and me,
the obsolete know-it-all"
Ken Jennings on IMDb
2006 IMNO Interview with Ken Jennings
Jeopardy! winnings leader
All-time American game show winnings leader
Jeopardy! winners by season
Took place over two seasons
1-37 in 2003-04, 38-74 in 2004-05
Biggest one-day winners on
Jeopardy! by season
Brian Weikle, 2002-2003
Jerome Vered, 1992
$34,000 ($68,000 adjusted)
Biggest one-day winners on Jeopardy!
Roger Craig, 2010
Jeopardy! regular play winnings leader
Tournament of Champions
Ultimate Tournament of Champions
Battle of the Decades
Notable references in culture
"I Lost on Jeopardy"
"What Is... Cliff Clavin?"
White Men Can't Jump
Jeopardy! (Saturday Night Live)
"Miracle on Evergreen Terrace"
"Little Expressionless Animals"
"I Take Thee Quagmire"
Ellen's Energy Adventure
Rock & Roll Jeopardy!
List of notable contestants
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