James Holzhauer is an American professional sports gambler as well as a game show contestant. He is the second-highest-earning American game show contestant of all time. The veteran player is also best known for his 32-game winning streak as champion on the quiz show Jeopardy!
Holzhauer has been also nicknamed “Jeopardy James” because of his success in the game show “Jeopardy!” hosted by Art Fleming and Alex Trebek. In his 33 appearances in the show, he has won $2,464,216 making him the second-highest winner in Jeopardy! regular-play winnings and a number of games won. Besides, his wife Melissa Holzhauer has also appeared in the show. According to reports of CNBC on 11 May 2019, he has won $1.69 million from which he has donated some to the Las Vegas-Clark County District Foundation.
Caption: The relaity television game show contestant and sports gambler.
James Holzhauer: Bio, Family, Education
James was born in July 1984 in Naperville, Illinois, United States. He was born as the youngest child to father Juergen Holzhauer and mother Nachiko Ide Holzhauer. The German immigrant father has worked as an engineer at a chemical company for 32 years. Further, he grew up along with his elder brother Ian who works as an attorney. Additionally, he holds a nationality of America and has white ethnicity.
When he was four, he surprised his teacher by his arithmetic abilities and by the age of seven he moved to fifth grade math class. And he always gets A on math tests where he competed on the Naperville North High School math team. Despit that, he is a C student overall at that time. Because he often skipped his class and utlise his time on playing online poker and many other.
He graduated with a bachelor of sience degree in mathematics from University of Engineering in 2005. During his college days, he was a member of the worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering Team. Further, he has won the competition at the University of Illinois at URbana Champaign and contributed by taking first in phusics and second in Math.
James Holzhauer: Career & Life Achievements
In September 2014, he appeared on the American version of the quiz show ‘The Chase’ of ITV Studios. In the show, he has answered 12 questions out of 14 and score set a record for the cash builder that was never surpassed in the show. Following that in 2015, he appeared on the American quiz show ‘500 Questions’.
However, he got recognition for his play in 33 episodes out of Season 35 in the reality game show ‘Jeopardy!’ in 2019. During his first game, he won $43,680, which was the largest single-game total to that point of season. Further, he has debuted at the World Series of Poker as well in 2019. The event had over 1,800 contestant but didnot win any prize money since he finished at 454th while he would neede to finish at 281st to win. In addition, he has recalled that his dream job is to be a front-office position with Chicago Clubs.
James Holzhauer: Personal Life & Wife
The 35-years-old (as of 2020) is a happily married man and a father of an adorable daughter. He has married Melissa Sassin Holzhauer who has participated in the game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”. There she won the money prize of $28,800 when she competed in 2014.
Further, Melissa is a tutor from Seattle, Washington. Together the couple has welcomed their first child, daughter Natasha on 9 November 2014. It seems the couple has a good understanding of each other. So, there is no information on their extra-marital affair or domestic violence.
Caption: James and wife Melissa Holzhauer
James Holzhauer: Net Worth & Social Media Profiles
He has appeared in a number of hit game shows and holds the second-highest wins with a total number of $700 thousand. He further might be earning a profitable amount from his other business ventures. However, he has not revealed exact information on his salary or annual income. But according to different sources, his net worth has an estimation of around $1 million.
He has a personal but unverified Instagram account @holzhauerjames with more than 1.5k followers. The reality game star has a verified Twitter account @James_Holzhauer with 242.9k followers. On Facebook, he goes by the handle @jeopardyjames with more than 21.1k followers.
James Holzhauer: Body Measurements
The television personality has an athletic body with a height of 5 feet 9 inches or 1.76 meters and weighs 70 kg. He has brown eyes color with dark brown hair color. His body measures 40 inches of chest size and 30 inches waist size with 11.5 inches biceps.