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  • Jeopardy's Alex Trebek has been handsomely rewarded over the years for helping other

  • people win large amounts of money by answering trivia questions.

  • He takes home a nice salary for reading clues on a board - not to mention all of his other

  • financial endeavors - but how much is Alex Trebek really worth?

  • Education is obviously important to Trebek, judging by his charitable contributions.

  • During the midst of a battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, Trebek trekked up to the

  • University of Ottawa to speak at a university event.

  • According to CTV News, he marked the occasion with a $2.1 million donation to the Alex Trebek

  • Forum for Dialogue.

  • The host actually got the organization started with a $5 million endowment, meaning he's

  • donated more than $7 million to the center that bears his name.

  • Trebek, who has dual Canadian-American citizenship, gives money to stateside institutions, too.

  • In 2015, he donated $1 million to Fordham University, which will be used as a scholarship

  • fund specifically for students who live in North Harlem, according to Fordham News.

  • "So happy Anniversary to all of our friends at Fordham."

  • That same year, the Alex and Jean Trebek Family Foundation decided to endow a professorship

  • at Stephens College in the institution's Master of Fine Arts in TV and Screenwriting, according

  • to COMO Magazine.

  • Over the years, Trebek placed a lot of his Jeopardy! earnings into big, fabulous homes,

  • estates, and acreage.

  • Most of the time, he lives in a nearly 10,000-square-foot house in the glitzy Fryman Canyon area of

  • Studio City, California.

  • Back in 1991, he paid a relatively low $2.15 million for the home, according to Variety.

  • Whenever he got tired of his gigantic mansion, he could retreat to his vacation home, the

  • 2,595-square-foot getaway sitting on 30 acres of land in Paso Robles, California.

  • In August 2019, Trebek sold the home for $1.3 million, according to The Tribune.

  • He also once owned Windfall Farms, a 724-acre horse ranch in Creston, California, and earned

  • about $10 million when he unloaded it in 2005.

  • One of Trebek's biggest and most notable real estate transactions netted him exactly no

  • money.

  • In 1998, he donated 74 acres of trail-lined Hollywood Hills land near Runyon Canyon Park

  • to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.

  • The estimated value of the land was $2 million.

  • Trebek has appeared on TV for 30 minutes a day, five days a week, for well over 30 years,

  • but it's the magic of television that gives the illusion he's on that Jeopardy! set every

  • single day.

  • The Jeopardy! crew shoots an entire season's worth of shows - about 230 episodes - in just

  • 46 days.

  • Those four dozen or so shifts find Trebek working his way through five episodes each

  • and every day.

  • So while the hours are good, the pay is amazing.

  • According to The Atlantic, Trebek earns an annual salary of $10 million to remind contestants

  • to phrase their response in the form of a question.

  • That works out to a little over $217,000 per day of work, or just under $44,000 per episode.

  • In other words, most days, the life-changing amount of money awarded to the winning contestant

  • isn't as much as Trebek took home just for doing his job.

  • According to Forbes, he's the highest-paid game show host on TV.

  • If he's buying and selling California estates, bringing home $10 million a year to host Jeopardy!,

  • earning some cash from being the longtime spokesman for Colonial Penn insurance, and

  • throwing a couple of million bucks here and there to various universities, then Trebek's

  • obviously got a lot of money in the bank - his estimated net worth is somewhere in the area

  • of $50 to $75 million.

  • Here's a fun fact: the average winning contestant on Jeopardy! gets a check for about $20,000

  • - so they'd need to win that amount around 2,500 more times to equal the low-ball figure

  • of Trebek's net worth.

  • "Alright don't make me cry now."

  • So then where does all that money go?

  • In a 2014 episode of The Nerdist podcast, Trebek said that he gives a lot of his money

  • to philanthropic causes.

  • "What a way to finish.

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/03/06
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