Who is Ken Jennings? (Winner of Jeopardy) Wiki, Bio, Age, Family, Winner of Jeipardy, Career

Ken Jennings Wiki – Bio

Ken Jennings is 45-year-old Washington state native Tuesday claimed the GOAT title, $1 million and the congratulations of revered host Alex Trebek with his third victory in four matches in ABC’s “Jeopardy: The Greatest of All Time” tournament, triumphing over fellow top money winners James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter.

Ken Jennings Age

Ken Jennings is 45 years old.

Ken Jennings Family and Education

Jennings grew up in Seoul, South Korea from 1981 to 1992 and Singapore from 1992 to 1996, where his father worked for an international law firm and then as Asia Pacific Division Counsel of Oracle Corporation. He watched Jeopardy! on American Forces Network television while growing up.

Jennings and his wife Mindy (née Boam) have a son, Dylan, born in 2002, and a daughter, Caitlin (Katie), born in 2006.

They currently reside in the Seattle metropolitan area. He has stated that he is an avid comic book and movie geek with a website listing his top 4,000 favorite movies. He also writes questions for, edits the literature and mythology categories of questions of, and is otherwise active in the National Academic Quiz Tournaments (NAQT), a quiz bowl organization;[66] in particular, he moderated (i.e., read questions) at the 2005, 2006, and 2009 NAQT National High School Tournaments in Chicago.

During his Jeopardy! winning streak, Jennings was a software engineer for CHG Healthcare Services, a healthcare-placement firm in Holladay, Utah.

Jennings is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Jennings attended Seoul Foreign School where he completed an International Baccalaureate diploma and then graduated with a degree in Computer Science and English at Brigham Young University, where he played on the school’s quizbowl team for three and a half years. Jennings attended the University of Washington during his freshman year.


Jennings is active on Twitter. Paste named his account one of “The 75 Best Twitter Accounts of 2014”, ranking it at #10.

‘Jeopardy!: The Greatest of All Time’ crowns Ken Jennings winner

As Trebek handed Jennings his GOAT trophy, he played along with the show’s signature answer-and-question format: “It has taken 15 years for Ken Jennings to finally answer the question, ‘Is he as good as he appeared to be in that great run on ‘Jeopardy!’ ”

The excited champion joined Trebek center stage, asking, “Is that for me? Is that for me?” as he took hold of the clue-shaped award. He also goes home with $1 million.

Besides the competitive drama, the tournament has turned into a celebration of the skills and long-running tenure of Trebek, who is battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

Tuesday’s match was a battle between Jennings and Holzhauer, as it has been the whole tournament, with the two trading the lead throughout both games.

In the first matchup, Jennings led the way, standing at 32,800 before Final Jeopardy!

Jennings, who mimicked Holzhauer’s famous “push” gesture as he wagered his entire points total, gave a correct response and ended the game with 65,600, leading Trebek to ask, “Can he be beaten?”

​Holzhauer kicked off Game 2 with the crack, “Hey, Brad’s score is still on there.” (Everyone had zero, of course.) And the competition heated up from there – but still only between Holzhauer and Jennings.

In the Final Jeopardy! category, Shakespeare’s tragedies, the clue was: “He has 272 speeches, the most of any non-title character in a Shakespeare tragedy.” Rutter’s “You are the best, Alex!” meant little, and he didn’t wager anything, ending the game and the match with just 1,400 points.

The tension mounted when Jennings’ correct response, “Who is Iago?” was revealed, but his wager of zero left him at 23,000, for a two-game total of 88,600.

Holzhauer appeared stone-faced and Trebek drew out the tension for a few seconds before revealing what turned out to be an incorrect response, “Who is Horatio?” In true fashion, Holzhauer had bet it all, so he ended the game with zero and a nightly total of 34,181. It was all over except the trophy ceremony.

Holzhauer and Rutter, who won no games, will each receive $250,000 for taking part in the high-rated quiz-show spectacle.

Jennings last week won the first and third matches, each determined by cumulative point totals from two games played during each night’s broadcast, before Tuesday’s clincher.

He won the first match by just 200 points over Holzhauer – 63,400 to 63,200 (although Jennings was far enough ahead to know Holzhauer’s ceiling in Game 2 Final Jeopardy!) – raising hopes for a tightly fought battle. That appeared more likely when Holzhauer won the second match Wednesday, but Jennings more than doubled Holzhauer’s total in Game 3, presaging Tuesday’s finale.

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