Matt Amodio Biography, Career, Family, Siblings and Net Worth

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 Who is Matt Amodio?

Matthew Amodio, famous as Matt Amodio is a well-known American game show contestant who won 38 games in a row on the game show Jeopardy! in 2021. This is the third-longest streak in the show’s history, following Ken Jennings and Amy Schneider. He is a Ph.D. student in computer science at Yale University and has earned $1,519,601 in 39 appearances on Jeopardy, making him the third millionaire contestant on the show in regular-season play. Across all American game shows, Amodio is the 10th highest-earning contestant of all time. Amodio’s run on the show has been referred to as the ”Amodio Rodeo”.

Matt Amodio Career

Game show appearances

Academic Challenge

Matt was a contestant on the quiz show Academic Challenge on WEWS in Cleveland, Ohio, while studying at Medina High School in 2009. He took part alongside two fellow students against two competing high schools, and his Medina team completed in 2nd place.


He is the third-highest earner of all time in regular-season play, third-most successful in consecutive games won, and fourth-biggest all-time winner. He then averaged $39, 963 per win, second highest all-time to James Holzhauer at $76,944. In season 37, he qualified as the first seed in the next Tournament of Champions. Amodio responded to 1,299 clues-54.6% of all the clues given correctly over the course of his run. Actor Jonathan Fisher, initially from Coral Gables, Florida, who would himself gain an 11-game winning streak, beat Anodio in his 39th and last game. The episode initially aired on October 11, 2021. Both contestants have been invited to Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions that airs in November 2022.


So as to become a contestant on Jeopardy! a prospect must successfully pass a test prepared by the production team as a first step in the audition process. He was repeatedly inspired by his father to take the online test. Following taking the online test twice, he was invited to personally audition for the show. Apart from the test results, the producers consider the personality of the prospective contestant, as an introvert, Amodio was concerned that he would not be interesting enough for the show.

His winning streak came during an interregnum in the show’s hosting role following longtime host Alex Trebek‘s death in November 2020, during which the show was helmed by guest hists. His streak spanned episodes hosted by Robin Roberts, David Faber, LeVar Burton, and Joe Buck, Mike Richards was named permanent host on August 11, 2021. However, they lasted just one taping day (1st week of season 38), and were replaced by interim host Mayim Balik (who rotated the rest of season 38 with Ken Jennings, but Amodio’s reign concluded before Jennings’ official term as host, as Ken was the first host of the interregnum). As Jeopardy! tapes five episodes per production day, he recorded his 39 episodes on 9 separate days (3 on his first day, one on his last day). He will play with his seventh different host during the Tournament of Champions, which will feature Jennings.


He is noted for his strategy of consistently prefacing his responses with ”What’s” instead of adjusting the interrogative pronoun to fit the response. Amodio chose this method because of Jeopardy! rules allow any question containing the correct response to be used; by not having to adjust the pronoun. He has one less thing to think about when formulating a response, potentially speeding response time. Amodio has credited Wikipedia’s wikilinks format for allowing him to meander through various topics in a random but logical progression and learn content quickly.

A photo of Matt Amodio
A photo of Matt Amodio

How old is Matt Amodio?

Matthew Amodio is currently aged 31 having been born on December 4, 1990, in Medina, Ohio, U.S. He shares his birthday with famous people including Jin, Jay-Z, Mia Fizz, Cash Nasty, Scarlett Estevez, Jeff Bridges, Tyra Banks, Orlando Brown, Nick Vujicic, Skip Bayless and many more.

Matt Amodio Family

Who are Matt Amodio’s parents?

Matthew Amodio was born in Medina, Ohio to his parents, James Amodio and Bonnie Amodio. His father inspired and encouraged him to take the online test for Jeopardy! He has not shared much information about his family and parents with the media.

Does Matt Amodio have siblings?

Amodio was born to his parents into a family of four children. He has three older siblings, brothers Daniel Amodio, Stephen Amodio, and Michael Amodio.

Matt Amodio Education

Amodio attended Medina High School, where he graduated as valedictorian of the class of 2009. He then joined Ohio State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Actuarial Science from the Department of Mathematics in 2012. He also received a master’s degree in Statistics. In 2017, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Master of Science (MS) degree in Artificial Intelligence. Later he earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Yale University.

Matt Amodio Partner

Amodio is currently single and not married as he has not shared any information about his relationships with the media.

Matt Amodio Kids

Amodio is not married and not linked to any relationships and does not have any children of his own to date.

Matt Amodio Height

Amodio has a physically fit, energetic and well-built body with a height of 5 ft 10 in (1.77 m) and a weight of 68 kg (143 lbs).

Matt Amodio Net Worth

American game show contestant Amodio has won 38 consecutive games on the game show Jeopardy! in 2021. He has won $1,519,601 in 39 appearances on Jeopardy! and has an estimated net worth of around $1.5 million as of 2022.