Ken Jennings Biography, Age, Family, Siblings, Wife, Kids, and Net Worth

This article will answer every question you have about Ken Jennings. Below are some of the frequently asked questions about him.

  1. What does Ken Jennings do for a living?
  2. Who are Ken Jennings’s parents and siblings?
  3. What are Ken Jennings’s interests and hobbies?
  4. Is Ken Jennings married or does he have a girlfriend?
  5. Does Ken Jennings have any children?
  6. Where is Ken Jennings now?
  7. How tall is Ken Jennings?
  8. How much money does Ken Jennings earn?
  9. What is Ken Jennings’s net worth?

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 Who is Ken Jennings?

Kenneth Wayne Jennings III is an American famous professional game show contestant and host, author, and television presenter. Jennings is the highest-earning American game show contestant, winning money on five different games shows. They include $4,522,700 on Jeopardy!. He presently hosts Jeopardy!, alongside Mayim Bialik.

Jennings holds the record for the longest winning streak on the U.S. game show Jeopardy! with 74 consecutive victories. Also, he holds the record for the highest average correct responses per game in Jeopardy! history (for those contestants with at least 300 correct responses). He had 35.9 in his initial run (no other contestant has exceeded 30) and 33.1 overall, inclusive of tournaments and special events. Jennings won 74 consecutive Jeopardy! games prior to being defeated by challenger Nancy Zerg on his 75 appearances.

He has earned a total of 44,522,700, including $2,520,700 over his 74 victories, a $2,000 second-place prize in his 75th appearance, a $500,000 second-place prize in Jeopardy’s IBM Challenge (2011). Additionally when Ken lost to the Watson computer but became the first person to beat third-place finisher Brad Rutter; a $100,000 second-place prize in the Jeopardy! Battle of the Decades (2014), a $100,000 second-place prize (his share of his team’s $300,000 prize) in the Jeopardy! All-Star Games(2019). Also a $1 million first-place prize in Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time (2020).

A photo of Ken Jennings

A photo of Ken Jennings

How old is Ken Jennings?

Aged 47 as of 2021, Kenneth Wayne Jennings III, was born on May 23, 1974, in Edmonds, Washington. U.S. He shares his birthday with famous people including James Charles, Jason Nash, Taylor Paul, Aaron Hull, Ambrose Burnside, Martin McGuinness, among others.

Ken Jennings Family

Who are Ken Jennings’s parents?

Kenneth Wayne Jennings III was born in Edmonds, Washington, a suburb of Seattle to his family. Ken’s father was a lawyer who was employed internationally, and Jennings spent 15 years in South Korea and Singapore growing up where his father worked.

Does Ken Jennings have siblings?

Jennings was born to his parents among two children in the family. He is the second born and has one sibling, an older brother, Ian Holzhauer.

Ken Jennings Education

Jennings attended Seoul Foreign School and graduated with a diploma. After returning to the U.S., Jennings joined the University of Washington before moving to Madrid, Spain. He moved after he was assigned thereafter two years as a volunteer missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1996, he transferred to Brigham Young University and graduated in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and English.

Ken Jennings Interests

Ken liked sports and clubs from his early years and played on the school’s quiz bowl team, serving as captain at one point. He is also a frequent Twitter user. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Jennings has been endorsed by various companies. He agreed to a deal with Microsoft to promote its Encarta encyclopedia software, which was later discontinued. He also engaged in speaking deals via the Massachusetts-based speakers’ agency American Program Bureau. Cingular Wireless (now AT&T) featured Ken in advertisements portraying him as having lots of ”family and friends”. He has been an active member of the trivia app FleetWit, regularly playing in the live trivia races. Jennings frequently competes in LearnedLeague under the title ”JenningsK”.

Ken Jennings Wife

In 2000, Jennings married the love of his life, Mindy Boam, and is currently happily married with two children.

Ken Jennings Kids

Jennings and his beautiful and loving wife, Mindy have two adorable children together. They have a son, Dylan Jennings, who was born on November 22, 2002, and a daughter, Caitlin Elizabeth Jennings, who was born on November 13, 2006.

Ken Jennings Residence

Presently, Jennings lives in Seattle together with his loving wife and two children. They also have a small adorable dog called Chance.

Ken Jennings Height

The game show contestant and host have a physically fit and athletic body with a standing height of 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) and a weight of 85 kg (187.39 lbs).

Ken Jennings Career

In his initial run of Jeopardy! appearances, Ken earned the record for the highest American game show winnings. His total was surpassed by Rutter who beat him in the finals of Jeopardy! Ultimate Tournament of Champions, increasing $2 million to Rutter’s existing Jeopardy! winnings. He regained the record after appearing on several other game shows, adding to his results on an October 2008 appearance on Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?.

However, Rutter retained the record for highest Jeopardy! winnings and once again passed Ken’s total following his win in the Jeopardy! Battle of the Decades Tournament. Jennings faced Rutter again in 2020, and won, as well as James Holzhauer, in a special primetime series, Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time.

Following his success on Jeopardy!, Ken 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. The book was published in 2006. He later signed on as a consulting producer of Jeopardy! a job that included on-air role reading categories in September 2020. After Alex Trebek‘s death on November 8, 2020, he hosted Jeopardy! as the first of a collection of guest hosts. Jennings’ episodes aired from January 11, 2021, to February 19, 2021. He then became a host on the syndicated version of the show after Mike Richards exited early in the 2021-22 season. He shared duties with Mayim Balik (who hosts the primetime version).

Outside Jeopardy!

H&R Block senior vice president David Byers estimated that Ken owed about $1.04 million in taxes from his winnings. In the 2011 Reddit AMA, he remembers how in 2004 the Democratic politicians Chuck Schumer and Harry Reid unsuccessfully persuaded Ken to run for the United States Senate from Utah. Jennings has authored several books, Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs, which details his experience in Jeopardy! and his research into trivia culture conducted after the competition of his run. Ken Jennings’ Trivia Almanac: 8,888 Questions in 365 Days, a hardcover book, is a compilation of trivia questions-with 3 categories and around 20 questions each 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 each generation passes down to its kids”. Ken has also written five books for his children’s series, Junior Genius Guides. He has had a column in Mental Floss magazine titled ”Six Degrees of Ken Jennings”. The readers submitted two widely different things that Ken had to connect in exactly six steps, in the style of the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game. It ran from November 2005 to the September-October 2010 issue.

His own shows and other hosting shows

Ken and TV producer Michael Davies joined as executive producers on a new game show format for Comedy Central. It was planned that he would co-host and participate and was to premiere late in 2005 or in the first quarter of 2006. However, it did not go on as ”Stephen Colbert’s show was doing so good in its post-Daily Show spot and they decided they were not in the market anymore. But still, as of mid-2006, he was still shopping for a potential game show titled Ken Jennings vs. the Rest of the World. He has appeared on The Colbert Report on September 13, 2006, and also twice on NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! program. He appeared on the ”Not My Job” segment on February 25, 2006, answering all three questions correctly. He made his debut as a panelist on Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, on June 1, 2013.

Ken has written and edited literature and mythology questions for the National Academic Quiz Tournaments (NAQT), a quiz bowl organization. He has also read questions as a moderator at 2005, 2006, and 2009 NAQT High School National Championship Tournament in Chicago. He has performed at Entertainment Weekly, dominating the quizfest for 74 shows in 2004, amassing $2,520,700. Question Who is Ken Jennings?. Ken then narrated the audiobook version of Alex Trebek’s autobiography, The Answer Is…. His narration was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album at the 63rd Grammy Awards.

Other game shows

Ken appeared in the first two episodes of the NBC game show 1 vs. 100 on October 13 and 20, 2006 as a mob member. He also got invited to be a contestant on the game show Grand Slam hosted by Dennis Miller and Amanda Byra, also a Sony Pictures production. Jennings also contested on an episode of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, which aired on October 10, 2008. He then appeared on GSN on Fridays for the trivia game Stump the master from 2008 to 2009, where viewers at home sent questions through the GSN website.

Ken has appeared on multiple episodes of Doug Loves Movies, hosted by Doug Benson, and won several times. Also appeared in two other Sony Pictures Television game shows, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and the proposed 2009 CBS revival of Sony’s The $25,000 Pyramid. In 2014, Jennings appeared on Millionaire as a contestant during Guinness World Record Edition themed week and walked away with $100,000. He then appeared on the second-season premiere of 500 Questions on May 26, 2016, being eliminated on the fourth question by winter 2012 college champion Monica Thieu with no winnings.

2017 to present

Jennings appeared on an episode of @midnight aired May 15, 2017, in the fourth season and won. He was then announced as one of eight recurring ”Trivia Experts” for the new Game Show Network program Best Ever Trivia Show, hosted by Sherri Shepherd. It aired at 4;00 pm ET on June 10, 2019. Additionally, he was among the six trivia experts on the Best Ever’s successor Master Mind, premiering at 4:00 pm ET on April 6, 2020, hosted by Brooke Burns. He would also be among the 3 chasers on the ABC revival of The Chase, with the other chasers being Rutter and Holzhauer. Mark Labbett would come in Season 2 and onward, and it was hosted by Sara Haines.
American Crossword Puzzle Tournament

Ken won the rookie division of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament in 2006. He placed 37th overall in his first time competing. Later he served as the award’s presenter, becoming the first contestant to present an award to himself. Since then, he has not competed in the tournament.


Ken had a weekly trivia column, Kennections, in Parade magazine. In the magazine, five questions were posed whose answers were connected to a mystery topic, which the readers had to guess. Parade ended the quiz in early 2015 and removed links to archived quizzes in March 2015. Kennections column now appears in the online version of Mental Floss magazine.

Tuesday trivia emails

Jennings has sent out an email containing seven questions every Tuesday. The seventh question asks what several items have in common and is designed to be Google-resistant. Subscribers responded with the answers to all seven questions and the results are kept on a scoreboard on Jennings’ blog. After every ten weeks, the respondent with the highest seventh questions correct had been awarded a signed copy of his newest book. He discontinued the email after running out of material for the seventh question, due to an ever-increasing amount of commitments related to Jeopardy! book tours.

Omnibus podcast

HowStuffWorks launched a new show entitled Omnibus on September 7, 2017, co-hosted by Jennings and John Roderick. John is a frontman of the indie-rock band The Long Winters. They will select topics they fear might be lost to history and discuss them.

Washington State honor

The Washington State Legislature approved Senate Resolution 8704, on March 3, 2020, congratulating Ken for his achievements on game shows.

Ken Jennings Net Worth

American game show contestant and host, author, and television presenter, Jennings has been active from 2004 to date. He has won a great fortune in the games and also has garnered up an impressive net worth of $5 million as of 2021.