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Alex Trebek Net Worth: Career & Lifestyle

The Canadian-American game show host and television personality George Alexander Trebek aka Alex Trebek had a whopping net worth of $75 million at the time of his death.

George Alexander Trebek, also known as Alex Trebek, was born in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, on July 22, 1940.

He died on November 8, 2020, in Los Angeles, California, U.S., due to chronic pancreatic cancer.

Also, Trebek had a naturalized United States citizenship.

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Alex Trebek Net Worth (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Moreover, Trebek was a Canadian-born American game show host of the famous syndicated game show “Jeopardy!“.

He hosted the show for 37 years, from 1984 till his death in 2020. However, he was 2nd host for the show.

Further, Alex holds a Guinness World Record for “the most gameshow episodes hosted by the same presenter (same program).” He had the record from 2014 June and had hosted more than 8000 episodes of Jeopardy!.

Trebek was also given 2nd highest honor for merit Officer of the Order of Canada by then governer in 2017. He received merit for his achievements in television and geographic literacy.

Furthermore, he also won the Outstanding Game Show Host Emmy Awards 8 times in 1989, 1990, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2019, 2020, and 2021.

Besides, he had also received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame and Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Also, in recognition of his work on geography, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society gave him a gold medal in 2010.

Further, he also was the Honorary President of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society since 2016.

Royal Canadian Geographical Society and the National Geographical Society have also recently announced a grant program on his name in 2021 called Trebek Initiative.

Additionally, he is also known for his work of philanthropy, activism, actor, and author.

Quick Facts

Full name George Alexander Trebek
Nicknames Alex
Date of Birth July 22, 1940
Death November 8, 2020 (aged 80)
Birthplace Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
Death Place Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Residence Studio City, California
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 134 lb ( 61 kg)
Hair color Gray
Eye color Dark Brown
Skin tone/ complexion Fair
Shoe size 8.5 US
Zodiac Sign Cancer
Nationality Canada

United States (from 1998)

Ethnicity Ukranian, Franco-Ontarian
Religion Christian
Education University of Ottawa (BA)
Parents George Edward Trebek (Father)

Lucille Marie Lagacé (Mother)

Sexual Orientation Straight
Marital Status Married
Spouse Elaine Howard

​(m. 1974; div. 1981)​

Jean Currivan ​(m. 1990)

Children 3; two biological and one adopted
Political Party Independent
Profession Television personality game show host
Active Since 1961–2020
Debut Company Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Net Worth $70 million
Salary $18 million
The main source of Income Television show host, endorsement, real estate
Endorsements Colonial Penn Life Insurance Company, Holiday Inn Express, DirecTV, Wheat Thins, Drivetime, etc.
Honors Order of Canada
Last Update May 2024

Net Worth and Income

Alex Trebek, well known as the host of the syndicated television game show Jeopardy! had a total net worth of $75 million at the time of his death in 2020.

A major portion of his net worth came from the salary of his work with Jeopardy!. He had an annual salary of $18 million with the show, which had 46 episodes per year.

Moreover, the show was taped at the rate of 5 episodes per day. His actual salary per episode was $78,000.

Besides, before working with Jeopardy, Trebek had worked with several other shows as a host like Music Hop (1963-1964), Strategy (1969), The Wizard of Odds (1973-1974), Double Dare (1976-1977), The New Battlestars (1981-1983), etc.

Further, Alex has also produced 620 Jeopardy episodes from 1984 to 1987. More in producing, he had also produced two documentaries, Game Changers, and Eyes of Faith.

Furthermore, Alex Trebek earned good fortune from his acting career, which started in 1978 with the television series Vega$.

Moreover, his well-known acting appearance is How I Met Your Mother, Hot in Cleveland, Orange Is the New Black, etc.

Additionally, he also earned millions through several endorsement deals throughout his life.

Some of the lucrative endorsement deals for Alex were Colonial Penn Life Insurance Company, Holiday Inn Express, DirecTV, Wheat Thins, Drivetime, etc.

Plus, Trebek added some millions from his real estate deals too. He sold his 724-acre horse ranch situated in Creston, California, for $10 million in 2010. Alex had bought the ranch for $4.1 million in the mid-1990s.

He also sold his vacation house in Nacimiento, California, spread in a 30-acre area for $1.3 million in 2019.

Net Worth of Alex Trebek in Different Currencies

Let’s have a look into Alex Trebek’s net worth in different currencies, including the cryptocurrency BitCoin.

Currency Net Worth
Euro 63,584,108
Pound Sterling £ 54,486,023
Australian Dollar A$ 102,571,125
Canadian Dollar C$ 94,678,875
Indian Rupee 5,512,260,000
BitCoin ฿ 1,550

House and Cars

House

Alex Trebek lived in Studio City, California, with his family in a 10,000 square-foot mansion. He purchased the mansion in 1991 for $2.15 million, and ever since, he lived there.

Moreover, the house sits on a lot of 1.46-acre land and features 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms.

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Alex Trebek House in ( Source: The Sun)

The host also had a vacation house in Nacimiento, California, and a ranch home in Creston, California, which he sold in 2019 and 2010, respectively.

Cars

Alex Trebek, with his net worth, drove several models of cars throughout his life. However, his favorite in his car collection was the 1956 Jaguar XK 140 MC Roadster.

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1956 Jaguar XK 140 MC Roadster (Source: Wikipedia)

1956 Jaguar XK 140 MC Roadster is a sports car by Jaguar with a top speed of 120–125 mph.

Lifestyle and Vacations

Lifestyle

Alex Trebek lived a life that he deserved in his stunning mansion in California. He was married twice and has 3 children; two biological and one adopted.

Moreover, Trebek was an immigrant to the United States from Canada and became a citizen in 1998. Alex was also involved in politics as a registered independent with some libertarian leanings.

Further, he had stated that he was a catholic by birth and believed in God as a Christian.

Furthermore, Alex also experienced a mild heart attack several times, but none of them were very serious. However, he had to undergo brain surgery due to a brain injury called a subdural hematoma.

Besides, he was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer in 2019, which caused his death in 2020.

Vacation

Alex Trebek loved traveling, and he traveled for vacation or his philanthropy works.

He had a deep interest in the world’s people, cultures, and languages and thus traveled to different places every time possible.

Charity

Alex Trebek was a long-time philanthropist and was involved with several charities and foundations to help in various causes.

Trebek supported causes like Adoption, Orphans, AIDS & HIV, Children, Education, Health, Literacy, Poverty, Veteran/Service Member Support.

Trebek supported World Vision for its causes Adoption, Orphans, AIDS & HIV, Children, and poverty.

Moreover, for educating the new generation on geography, he worked with National Geographic Education Foundation.

Further, with Racing for kids and Smile Train, he supported children and health.

Besides, he also supported Veteran/Service Member Support with United Service Organization which provided morale, welfare, and recreation support to men and women in service.

In 1998, Trebek had also donated his 74 acres (30 hectares) of land in the Hollywood Hills to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.

Furthermore, Alex donated $5 million to the University of Ottawa in 2016 to fund the Alex Trebek Forum for Dialogue and an annual $10,000 to fund the Alex Trebek Leadership Award since 2017.

Trebek also donated $100,000 to Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission in 2020, which provided a home to the homeless.

After his death, Trebek’s son donated his wardrobe to The Doe Fund as his last wish before death.

Movies, Investments, Endorsements, and Book Publications

Movies and Television

Alex Trebek was a well-known personality in television as he hosted multiple TV shows and participated in several others throughout his lifetime.

Besides hosting Jeopardy for 37 years, Alex also hosted the National Geographic Bee in the United States for 25 years till 2013.

Moreover, he hosted The Great Canadian Geography Challenge, The Wizard of Odds, To Tell the Truth, Double Dare, Battlestars, Classic Concentration, High Rollers, etc.

Additionally, he also appeared in several movies and series in which he generally portrayed as himself a host of Jeopardy.

Trebek did movies and series like Mama’s Family (1987), The X-Files (1996), The Simpsons  (1997), Family Guy (2006), How I Met Your Mother (2010), Orange Is the New Black (2018), Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?  (2020), Free Guy (2020), etc.

Investments

Alex Trebek is not known to make any investments. However, he had produced 620 episodes of Jeopardy! from 1984 to 1987.

Further, he also produced two documentaries, Game Changers, and Eyes of Faith.

Furthermore, Alex had made some investments in real estate.

Endorsements

Alex Trebek was involved with several companies throughout his life for endorsement and advertisement deals. His latest endorsement deal was with the game app Drivetime.

Moreover, other companies with which Alex endorsed products included Colonial Penn Life Insurance Company, Holiday Inn Express, DirecTV, Wheat Thins, Drivetime, etc.

Book

Alex Trebek wrote and published a memoir book in 2020 called The Answer Is . . .: Reflections on My Life, where he has written about his life journey.

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The Answer Is . . .: Reflections on My Life by Alex Trebek (Source: Amazon)

Moreover, he also co-authored a book, The Jeopardy! Book which was published in 1990.

Career

Alex Trebek started his television career as an announcer in Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, where he worked in night shift and also took up any programs possible.

Further, his first hosting break was with a music program called Music Hop in 1963.

After that till 1984, when he was finally taken as host for Jeopardy, he worked on several shows, which were quiz, game show, music show, etc.

Moreover, his migration to the United States in 1973 and working as a game show host for NBC made him a popular host.

Before working with Jeopardy, he hosted famous shows like The Wizard of Odds, High Rollers, etc.

Unknown Facts

  • In 1996, Alex Trebek ran the Olympic torch in Jacksonville, Florida.
  • Before his death, Alex was contracted to host jeopardy till 2022.
  • After the death of Alex Trebek, Jeopardy famed Ken Jennings, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Wheel of Fortune star Pat Sajak, and Vanna White paid tribute to him on November 9.

FAQs

Who replaced Alex Trebek in Jeopardy?

In the show Jeopardy! Alex Trebek is now replaced by hosts Mayim Bialik and Mike Richards.

What were the last words by Alex Trebek in the show Jeopardy?

The last episode of Jeopardy with Alex Trebek was shot on 10 days on October 29 before his death in November 2020.

His last words were “And until we meet again, God bless you and goodbye.

Where is Alex Trebek buried?

Alex Trebek died on November 8, 2020. After his body was cremated, the ashes were buried in his home in Studio City, California.

Also, read about Wil Wheaton.

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