Name: George Alexander Trebek
Born: July 22, 1940
Occupation: Television personality and philanthropist
Alex Trebek was born on July 22, 1940 in Sudbury, Ontario. He is the son of George Edward Trebek, a chef from Ukraine, and Lucille Lagace, a Franco-Ontarian. He grew up in a bilingual English-French home. He became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1998.
In 1957, Alex graduated from Lisgar Collegiate Institute and then graduated from Malvern Collegiate Institute a year later. He earned a degree in philosophy in 1961 from the University of Ottawa. He was a member of the English Debating Society.
Alex was married to businesswoman Elaine Callei in 1974, but they were divorced in 1981. It wasn’t until nine years later that he married Jean Currivan, a real estate project manager in New York. They now have two children, Matthew and Emily.
He first started his career in broadcasting by working as a newscaster and sportscaster for CBC’s radio and television divisions. Alex had specialized in national news, curling and horse racing.
Alex began his hosting career by emceeing “Music Hop,” a 1963 Canadian music program. In 1966, he hosted “Reach for the Top,” a high school quiz show. For three years from 1967 to 1970, he hosted classical music programs for the CBC. He decided to move to the U.S. in 1973 and immediately received a hosting gig for the NBC game show “The Wizard of Odds.” For several years, he hosted a wide variety of shows, including “High Rollers,” “Double Dare,” “Pillsbury Bake-Off” and “The $128,000 Question.”
When television legend Merv Griffin decided to revive “Jeopardy!” Alex became the host, and has been ever since 1984.
Due to his successful and diverse career, Alex has been awarded with five Outstanding Game Host Emmy Awards and was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Canada’s Walk of Fame. He was recently the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Daytime Emmy Awards. What perhaps may be the biggest claim to fame, Alex holds a Guinness World Record of hosting the most game show episodes with nearly 7,000 episodes.
Alex is quite the philanthropist as he is active with World Vision. He went as far as donating 74 acres of open land in North Hollywood to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. As host of the National Geographic Bee and The Great Canadian Geography Challenge, he was awarded the Royal Canadian Geographical Society gold medal.
We estimate that Alex Trebek’s net worth is $50 million (2016).
So how much is $50 million really?
Sometimes mistaken for “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak, Alex can take solace in the fact that he is worth more than Pat. He has a net worth of $45 million.
$50 million can buy you more than 300,000 Jeopardy board games. $50 million can also buy you a large number of plane tickets to New York City so you can either attend or compete at Studio 6A at NBC Studios at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.