Alex Trebek is the host of the popular game show Jeopardy. He's been the representative of the program for over 33 years and when there was a rumor that he may soon retire, it was not well received by his fans. He's had a long and successful career in the industry and he's a welcome face in millions of homes throughout America. We recently learned that he has amassed a net worth of $50 million, but how did he do it? Was it solely through his career as a game show host or did he have other income sources? We looked into this query and here is what we found.
Net Worth $50 Million
Name George Alexander Trebek
Born Sudbury, Ontario
Birth Date July 22, 1940
Source of Wealth Canadian-American Television Personality, Game Show Host and Actor
His early years
Alex was born in July of 1940 to a father who was an immigrant from Ukraine and a mother who was French Canadian. The place of his birth was Ontario, Canada. His father was a part time worker at a Canadin Broadcasting company. This gave young Alex a bit of insight into the industry. After graduating in 1961, he landed a job as a full time staff announcer at the company where his father worked. He started out his career as a news commentator reporting on regional sports, weather and news on both television and radio broadcasts. The quality of his voice was soothing and it was pleasant for viewers and listeners. In addition, he had a witty sense of humor that endeared him to audiences. Not long afgter his hiring, Alex was moved to the city of Toronto to serve as a national announcer. It wasn't long before he developed a passion for game shows. He was given the opportunity to host a hip Canadian high school quiz show that was called Reach for the Top.
He turned to the United States
After Alex felt that he had gone as far as he could at the Canadian Broadcasting dcompany, he turned his sights towards the United States where he felt that he may have greater opportunities for growing his career. When he arrived in the United States, he was assisted by sitcom actor Alan Thicke in the 1970s. Alex' first game show hosting gig was for the Wizards of Odds. He auditioned for the position and got it. This was his first big break in Hollywood and he owes it to the former "Growing Pains" star.
He also hosted a CBS game show called "Double Dare" as well as "The $128,000 Question" and NBC's game show "The New High Rollers." Finally, n 1983, Alex was given the opportunity that would result in a lifelong career. The show had made an appearance in 1964, but was cancelled in 1975. It was being resurrected and he was given the chance to put his skills to use. In 1984, Alex Trebek was host and producer of the show. In 1987, he also accepted the job of hosting the game show called "Classic Concentration," also an NBC game show. He did both at the same time until 1991. He also took on the role of host of "To Tell the Truth," and added a third hosting job to his agenda. He was working three jobs at once for a period of time.
Jeopardy remained the mainstay
Other game shows have come and gone but Jeopardy had finally found the ideal host. He became the beloved star of the show and what started out as a reboot has turned into a staple that airs nightly during the weekdays. He's become known as an iconic figure and embodies the essence of class, poise and sophistication.
He's also appeared in cameos
Alex Trebek has become so popular that he is highly desired as a guest star on a variety of television shows. He's appeared on "Seinfeld," "The Golden Girls," "How I Met Your Mother," and "The Simpsons." He's also been a guest star in films such as "The Bucket List" and "Charlies Angels."
Rumors of retirement
At this point in his life, Alex has achieved tremendous success. He's built up a net worth of $50 million from his career as a game show host and he's considering retirement when his current contract is up. He's slated to remain the host of the popular television game show through 2020, but he's not certain if he's re-up or call it good and retire. Only time will tell.
Written by Dana Hanson
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