James Holzhauer Bio, Age, Wife, Daughter, Winnings, Jeopardy, Net Worth

James Holzhauer Biography and Wikipedia

James Holzhauer is an American game show contestant and professional sports gambler. He is best known for being the third-highest-earning American game show contestant of all time.

He is also known for his 32-game winning streak as champion on the quiz show titled Jeopardy! dating from April to June 2019. During his winning streak, he set multiple single-game records for winnings, and for winning the following Tournament of Champions the November of 2019.

James Holzhauer Age

Holzhauer is 38 years old as of 2022. He was born on July 23rd, 1984 in Naperville, Illinois, United States.

James Holzhauer Height

Holzhauer measures a standing height of 5 feet 8 inches tall which is equivalent to 1.78 meters tall.

James Holzhauer Family

Holzhauer is the loving son of Nachiko Ide Holzhauer, his father and Juergen Holzhauer, his mother. Moreover, his father is known for being a German immigrant. On the other hand, his grandmother was Japanese and spoke very little English. While growing up, James had promised his grandmother that he would appear on Jeopardy! before she died. He grew up alongside his brother called Ian Holzhauer.

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James Holzhauer Wife and Daughter

Holzhauer is a married man. He is happily married to his wife named Melissa Sassin. Melissa is a tutor from Seattle, Washington. The beautiful couple got married on September 8th, 2012.

Sassin has also been a game show contestant, appearing on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire in 2014 where she won $28, 800. On November 9th, 2014, the couple welcomed their daughter Natasha.

James Holzhauer Winnings | Win Jeopardy | Host Jeopardy

Holzhauer competed on Jeopardy! on April 9th, 2019. He broke the single-game record winning $110,914. He strategically positioned his winnings to match his daughter’s birthday which is on October 9th, 2014 (10/09/14). James has competed in ten Jeopardy! games as of April 17, 2019, winning a total of $566,660. He holds the second highest winnings in the history of Jeopardy! after Ken Jennings.

On Thursday, April 18th, 2019, he broke his own single-game winnings mark with $131,127 to capture his 10th straight victory on the game show. As such, he became the 8th player in Jeopardy! history to accomplish the feat; Ken Jennings holds with an all-time record with 74 straight wins.

Moreover, he has won $851,926 during his 12-day streak and owns the five most prolific single-day performances ever on the show. In addition, he won $80,006 on April 19th, 2019 which is fifth all-time in one-day earnings on Jeopardy!. Currently, he owns the top five one-day totals on the game show and six of the top eight.

His third all-time in one-day earnings on Jeopardy!, he won $90,812 which was on April 22nd, 2019. Additionally, he won $118,816 on April 23rd, 2019which is the second-highest one-day total of all time. He also passed the $1,000,000 total winnings mark in 14 games; it took Ken Jennings 30 games to reach the same milestone.

James Holzhauer IQ

Holzhauer has an iq reading of 158.

James Holzhauer The Chase

On September 2nd, 2014, Holzhauer appeared on the American version of the quiz show, The Chase. The show is internationally produced by ITV Studios. During the first round which is a one-minute round called the Cash Builder, he correctly answered 12 questions out of 13 posed by host Brooke Burns.

The last question was asked just before time expired and was quickly passed on by Holzhauer. His score set a record for the Cash Builder that was never surpassed during the show’s run. During his second round, he faced Mark Labbett to determine whether he would advance to the final round and add money to the team prize pool.

James had to make a choice of three amounts to play for: $60,000 based on his score in the Cash Builder, $30,000 to reduce the difficulty of the round; and $120,000, which would increase the difficulty. He chose to play for $60,000; after the show, he said that the odds did not favor playing for the maximum amount and that it was not worth the gamble.

The Chase was played head-to-head, with the players using hidden buttons to select multiple-choice answers. Holzhauer was able to advance to the finals and added to the prize pool with a score of five right and one wrong. However, Labbett scored a perfect five, with his final answer not revealed since Holzhauer had already achieved the necessary points to win the round.

During the Final Chase round (as the team leader with two other contestants also participating), James’ team defeated Labbett by a score of 26 to 9. The win earned him a $58,333.33 share of the $175,000 team prize pool. By answering 19 questions correctly for his team, he set a Final Chase record, which was also never surpassed

James Holzhauer House

Although it is known that he currently resides in Las Vegas, there is no known information concerning the description of the house they live in.

James Holzhauer Net Worth

Over the years, James has made a great fortune from his professional career as a gambler. He has an estimated net worth of $2 million.

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