Ken Jennings - Biography

Last Modified: Sep 3, 2020

Ken Jennings
Nick Name: Ken Jen
Profession: Game show contestant, Computer scientist, Author
Best Known For: Jeopardy!
Salary: Under Review
Net Worth: $4 million

Personal Details

Born on : May 23, 1974 (age 46)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
Kenneth Wayne Jennings III
Birth Place: Edmonds, Washington, USA
Horoscope: Gemini
Father's Name: Kenneth Wayne Jennings II
Mother's Name: N/A
Siblings: N/A
High School: Seoul Foreign School
University: Brigham Young University, University of Washington
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Nationality: American

Relationships

Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Married Date: September 16, 2000
Wife's Name: Mindy Boam Jennings
Children: 2

Dylan Jennings (son)
Caitlin Elizabeth Jennings (daughter)

Body Measurements

Height: 1.78 meter (5 feet 10 inch)
Weight: N/A
Hair Color: Blond
Eye Color: Green
Shoe Size: N/A
Bicep Size: N/A
Chest Size: N/A
Waist Size: N/A

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Who is Ken Jennings?

Ken Jennings is a game show contestant, computer scientist, author by profession and American by nationality. He is best known for winning U.S. game show Jeopardy! 74 times and is the second highest-earning American game show contestant of all time.

He also holds the record for the longest winning streak on the U.S. game show Jeopardy!.

Ken Jennings (Twitter)

Ken Jennings – Age, Parents, Siblings

Ken Jennings’ birth took place on May 23, 1974, in Edmonds, Washington, USA. He was born as Kenneth Wayne Jennings III to father Kenneth Wayne Jennings II while the name of his mother is not known. Also, the details of his siblings are not available.

His family lived in Seoul, South Korea from 1981 to 1992 and Singapore from 1992 to 1996 where his father worked as an attorney and then as Asia Pacific Division Counsel of Oracle Corporation. Growing up he used to watch Jeopardy! after school every afternoon.

Education, Ethnicity

For education, Ken Jennings attended the Seoul Foreign School. In 1996 he went on to join Brigham Young University from where he graduated with a degree in Computer Science and English. He also studied at the University of Washington during his freshman year.

His ethnicity is Caucasian.

Ken Jennings – Girlfriend, Wife, Children, Divorce

Ken Jennings married his longtime girlfriend Mindy Boam on 16 September 2000. They had met at Brigham Young University.

He and his wife have welcomed two children together. His son Dylan Jennings was born in 2002 and daughter Caitlin Elizabeth Jennings was born on November 13, 2006.

Ken Jennings with wife and children (Pinterest)

As of 2019, the couple is happily living together in Seattle without no rumors of extra-marital affairs or divorce.

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Ken Jennings – Career

In Jeopardy!

Before 2003, Jeopardy! contestants were limited to five consecutive games but the rules changed in 2003, at the beginning of the show's 20th season.

Before Jeopardy!, Ken Jennings was a member of BYU's Quiz Bowl Team. He was working as a software engineer for a Salt Lake City health care staffing company.

Jennings came on the show Jeopardy!, hosted by Alex Trebek, as a contestant in the 20th season whose first episode aired on June 2, 2004. On November 30, 2004, Ken Jennings’ winning streak as the winner of Jeopardy! ended when hehe lost his 75th game to challenger Nancy Zerg having won over $2.5 million total.

On December 28, 2004, Sony announced Jeopardy! Ultimate Tournament of Champions, a 15-week, 75-show which featured Tournament of Champions, College Championship, and Teen Tournament winners from the show's 21 seasons, as well as over 100 five-time champions.

However, Ken Jennings did not win the competition as  Brad Rutter defeated both Jennings and Jerome Vered. Jennings’s final score was $34,599 while Rutter and Vered’s scores were $62,000 and $20,600 respectively.

Ken Jennings, Alex Trebek (Getty Images)

For finishing in the second place he won the $500,000 prize. Since then he has appeared in Jeopardy! Battle of the Decades (2014), Jeopardy! All-Star Games (2019), etc.

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Other game shows

Aside from Jeopardy!, Ken Jennings has had appearances in  1 vs. 100,  Grand Slam, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, Stump the Master,  Doug Loves Movies,  Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, 500 Questions, etc.

Books and Others

Ken Jennings is also an author and has written 21 books including some children’s books. His most popular ones are Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks (2011), Planet Funny (2018), Because I Said So! (2012), and Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs (2006).

He also has a column in Mental Floss magazine which ran from  November 2005 to September–October 2010 issue. Jennings also has a board game named after him.

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Ken Jennings – Net Worth, Salary

The net worth of Jennings is estimated at around $4 million while the figure on his annual salary is under review.

Ken Jennings – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

Ken Jennings is active on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter but is absent from Instagram. He also has an official website - ken-jennings.com.

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