- Name: Ken Jennings
- Born: 05/23/1974 (46 years old)
- Occupation: Programmer, Author, Game show contestant
- Known for: All-time game show winnings leader (US$5,223,414), Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time champion, Holder of longest Jeopardy! winning streak (74 games), Former (now 2nd) highest-earning contestant on Jeopardy! (US$4,522,700)
Kenneth Wayne Jennings III (born May 23, 1974) is an American game show contestant and author. He is the highest-earning American game show contestant of all time. Jennings holds the record for the longest winning streak on the U.S. game show Jeopardy! with 74 wins. He also holds the record for the highest average correct responses per game in Jeopardy! history (for those contestants with at least 300 correct responses) with 35.9 during his original run (no other contestant has exceeded 30) and 33.1 overall including tournaments and special events. In 2004, Jennings won 74 consecutive Jeopardy! games before he was defeated by challenger Nancy Zerg on his 75th appearance. His total earnings on Jeopardy! are $5,522,700, 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 (2005); a $300,000 second-place prize in Jeopardys IBM Challenge (2011), when he lost to the Watson computer but became the first human 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); and a $1,000,000 first-place prize in the Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time (2020).
Birth Name: Kenneth Wayne Jennings III
School: Brigham Young University
Alias: Kenneth Wayne Jennings III
Birth Place: Edmonds, Washington, U.S.
Ken Jennings quotes :
You watch an old 'Jeopardy!' and the categories alone are very plain. 'Poetry,' or 'Movies,' or 'Physics.' If you watch it now, though, there'll be a theme board where the categories are all Hitchcock movies. Lots more jokes, lots more high-concept categories and questions.Ken Jennings
If I start outsourcing all my navigation to a little talking box in my car, I'm sort of screwed. I'm going to lose my car in the parking lot every single time.Ken Jennings
When you see people who are really good at game shows, the one common attribute is a cool head under pressure: an ability to perform as well in the studio, surrounded by lights and noise, as you do on your couch.Ken Jennings
The Final Jeopardy! questions seem to be, by design, things you can't know. And so it's not about who knows them, but who can figure them out in thirty seconds.Ken Jennings