Pat Sajak Net Worth

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Pat Sajak was educated at Farragut High School, and continued his studies in communications at Columbia College Chicago. While in college, Sajak also worked at Palmer House hotel as a desk clerk, but concurrently he won a contest at WLS radio, and was then given an opportunity to appear on it as a DJ. He later applied for a job at WEDC radio station, and became a newsman. Sajak’s talents were noticed by station WSM-TV, which offered him a job in front on TV screens, his first appearance being on “The Today Show”, working first as an anchor of short segments, and then moving on to become a weatherman. Shortly afterwards, Sajak was offered the position of a weatherman at the KNBC station.

In 1981, Pat Sajak was approached to replace Chuck Woolery on “Wheel of Fortune”. Even though Sajak was initially declined by then-CEO of NBC network Fred Silverman, he was hired when Silverman was replaced in 1982. Over the years, “Wheel of Fortune” became one of the most popular US television game shows, racking-up more than 6 000 episodes to date. Ranked at #2 on the list of 60 Greatest Game Shows Ever, “Wheel of Fortune” has inspired the creation of 60 international adaptations of the show, and has been rewarded with several Daytime Emmy Awards, as well as receiving numerous nominations during the Game Show Awards, with Pat Sajak obviously having a significant impact on this success, plus adding to his own net worth.

Additionally Sajak has featured on such programs as “Larry King Live”., “Live with Regis and Kelly”, “Pat Sajak Weekend” among many others, carving a niche for himself in US TV .  folklore.

Pat Sajak made his film debut in 1982, appearing in a small role in Ken Finkleman’s comedy film “Airplane II: The Sequel”, co-starring alongside Robert Hays, Chad Everett, William Shatner and Julie Hagerty. In 1983 Sajak appeared as Kevin Hathaway in “Days of Our Lives”, an NBC daytime soap opera, and as himself in the popular children’s TV cartoon show “Rugrats”, and again as himself in an episode of “Inner Tube”.

Sajak has also written for National Review Online, and for the networking website,

In his personal life, Pat Sajak was married to Sherrill from 1979 to 86, and has been married to Leslie since 1989, with whom he has a son and daughter, They currently reside in Chicago.

Structural info

  • Full Name: Pat Sajak
  • Net Worth: $45 Million
  • Date Of Birth: October 26, 1946
  • Place Of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Height: 1.77 m
  • Profession: Game Show Host, Talk show host, Actor, Radio personality, Film Producer, Television producer
  • Education: Farragut High School, Columbia College Chicago
  • Nationality: American
  • Spouse: Lesly Brown (m. 1989), Sherrill Sajak (m. 1979–1986)
  • Children: Maggie Sajak, Patrick Michael James Sajak
  • Parents: Joyce Backal
  • Nicknames: Patrick Leonard Sajdak , Pat ‘Jacques’ Sajak
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  • Awards: Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Game Show Host, People’s Choice Award for Favorite Game Show Host (1987)
  • Nominations: “60 Greatest Game Shows Ever” (#2 on the list), Daytime Emmy Awards, Game Show Awards
  • Movies: Airplane II: The Sequel
  • TV Shows: “Wheel of Fortune” (1981-2014), “Pat Sajak Weekend” (2003), “The King of Queens” (2001), “The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz”, “Highly Questionable”, “The Today Show”, “Days of Our Lives”, “Rugrats”


  • When a politician begins a sentence with ‘What the Anerican people want…’ It’s time to change the channel.
  • [on the death of Richard Dawson]: He was able to inject his unique brand of humor into shows like Family Feud (1976). He could be funny and biting, mischievous and playful, but he always respected the game and treated his players with kindness.
  • [on relaxing with margaritas between tapings of ‘Wheel of Fortune’] Vanna and I would have two or three or six and then have trouble recognizing the alphabet.
  • Being a conservative in Hollywood is like walking into a shooting range with a bullseye attached to your body. There are more of us than you would believe, but if you want to keep working, you feel like you have to keep quiet.
  • It’s a stressful place to live. It’s nice to leave L.A. for a few months and live somewhere more down to earth and easy going. It’s also close to my wife’s side of the family, and that’s important to her.
  • [on the death of Dan Miller]: Dan was an extraordinarily caring and talented man. I will miss him every day for the rest of my life.
  • Working with Merv (Griffin) can be quite the experience. I remember once going out to lunch and the waiter asked, “May I take your order?” Merv then pulls out his notebook and says, “Great idea!” He writes what the waiter said down and turns to me saying, “This will be a great puzzle for the show.” He is one of the brightest and smartest men I have ever met.
  • I honestly didn’t think the show was going to last much longer when I started in 1981. I thought a year would be lucky, 13 weeks more likely before it was back to forecasting the weather.


  • His mentor was Merv Griffin.
  • Best known by the public as the second host of Wheel of Fortune (1975).
  • His father was of Polish ancestry.
  • Is a Republican.
  • Comedian Martin Short who played Ed Grimley, was totally obsessed with him.
  • When a contestant on Wheel of Fortune (1975) solved a puzzle on Marla Gibbs, she made a guest appearance.
  • Wheel of Fortune (1975)’s second full-time host after Chuck Woolery. Succeeded by retired football kicker, Rolf Benirschke, then Entertainment Tonight’s Bob Goen,.
  • Received an Emmy lifetime achievement award on June 19, 2011.
  • Pat, along with co-host Vanna White, aired their 5,000th taping of Wheel of Fortune (1983) on Saturday, February 28th, 2009.
  • Accomplished helicopter pilot.
  • A huge hockey fan and his favorite team is the L.A. Kings.
  • Listed in 2001 issue of U.S. pop music magazine “Spin” as a co-composer for group Slayer.
  • Has a Sesame Street Muppet made in his likeness named Pat Playjacks, known on Sesame Street (1969) as the nicest game show host.
  • Hosted a few game show pilots before landing the Wheel of Fortune (1975) hosting job in 1981. He also hosted one other game show, “College Bowl”, in 1984.
  • Father of two children. Son, Patrick Michael James Sajak, was born Saturday, 22 September 1990. Daughter, Maggie Sajak, was born Thursday, 5 January 1995.
  • Did a rendition of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple on stage in Hawaii with Joe Moore.
  • Roommate of Joe Moore when they served in Vietnam.
  • Was a disc jockey on the armed forces radio while he served in Vietnam.
  • Sajak got his start as a weatherman at WSM-TV Nashville before moving to KNBC Los Angeles where he got the exposure that landed him a spot on Wheel of Fortune (1975).


Title Year Status Character
Sullivan & Son 2013 TV Series Pat Sajak
Mission of Mercy 2003 Video short voice
The King of Queens 2001 TV Series Pat Sajak
The Larry Sanders Show 1994-1998 TV Series Pat Sajak
Rugrats 1994 TV Series Pat Sajak
The Commish 1992 TV Series Dr. Brian Brandon
Santa Barbara 1988 TV Series Pat Sajak
227 1986 TV Series Pat Sajak
The A-Team 1986 TV Series Pat Sajak
Washingtoon 1985 TV Series Announcer
Gimme a Break! 1984 TV Series Pat Sajak
Airplane II: The Sequel 1982 Buffalo Anchorman
Days of Our Lives 1965 TV Series Kevin Hathaway (1983)
Title Year Status Character
Merry Christmas Space Case 2003 Short executive producer
Space Case 2001 Short executive producer
Leo the Late Bloomer 1999 Short executive producer
The Pat Sajak Show 1989-1990 TV Series executive producer – 6 episodes
Title Year Status Character
Wheel of Fortune TV Series flipper gripper – 2 episodes, 2010 sasquatch wrangler – 1 episode, 2010 carousel ticket agent – 1 episode, 2010 hometown hero – 1 episode, 2010 queasy rider – 1 episode, 2010 director of holiday cheer – 1 episode, 2009 vowel whisperer – 1 episode, 2009 senior view finder – 1 episode, 2009
Title Year Status Character
A Spinal Tap Reunion: The 25th Anniversary London Sell-Out 1992 TV Movie special thanks
Title Year Status Character
Wheel of Fortune 1983-2017 TV Series Himself – Host / Himself – Contestant
American Valor: A Salute to Our Heroes 2016 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival 2015 TV Special Himself – Prerecorded Greeting
The Honors: A Salute to American Heroes 2015 TV Movie documentary Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 2015 TV Series Himself
The Honors: A Salute to American Heroes 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself
On the Streets 2012 TV Series Himself
The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2011 TV Special Himself – Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
National Memorial Day Parade 2011 TV Movie Himself
Wheel of Fortune 2010 Video Game Himself – Host
Jeopardy! 1993-2010 TV Series Himself – Contestant / Himself – Fake Host / Himself – Guest Host / …
The Battle for Late Night 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Bonnie Hunt Show 2008 TV Series Himself
Live with Kelly and Michael 2003-2008 TV Series Himself – Guest Host / Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2007 TV Series Himself
Season of the Samurai 2006 Documentary Himself
6ABC Boscov’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2006 TV Movie Himself
Channel 4 News 2005 TV Series Himself – Weatherman
E! True Hollywood Story 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Rated ‘R’: Republicans in Hollywood 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 30th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2003 TV Special Himself
Pat Sajak Weekend 2003 TV Series Himself / Host
Larry King Live 2000-2001 TV Series Himself – Guest Host
Just Shoot Me! 2000 TV Series Himself
The Daily Show 1999 TV Series Himself
The 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1998 TV Special Himself – Audience Member
Most Unlikely Heroes 1996 TV Special Himself
Wheel of Fortune 1994 Video Game Himself – Host
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1993 TV Series Himself
Late Night with David Letterman 1984-1993 TV Series Himself / Himself – Guest
Adventures in Wonderland 1993 TV Series Himself
American Bandstand’s 40th Anniversary Special 1992 TV Movie Himself
The Chuck Woolery Show 1991 TV Series Himself
Happy Birthday, Bugs!: 50 Looney Years 1990 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Pat Sajak Show 1989-1990 TV Series Himself – Host
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars 1989 TV Series Himself
Wheel of Fortune 1981-1989 TV Series Himself – Host
Super Password 1984-1988 TV Series Himself – Celebrity Contestant
CBS This Morning 1988 TV Series Himself
America This Morning 1988 TV Series Himself
The 13th Annual People’s Choice Awards 1987 TV Special Himself – Winner: Favourite Television Game Show Host
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 1986 TV Special Himself – Host
NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration 1986 TV Special documentary Himself
KTLA at 40: A Celebration of Los Angeles Television 1986 TV Movie Himself
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 1985 TV Special Himself – Host
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 1984 TV Special Himself – Host
Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour 1984 TV Series Himself – Panelist
Just Men! 1983 TV Series Himself
Password Plus 1981 TV Series Himself – Celebrity Contestant
The Sunday Show 1976 TV Series Co-host
The NewsCenter 1974 TV Series Himself – L.A. Anchor
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
Sunshine Superman 2014 Documentary Himself
Pearl Jam Twenty 2011 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien 2009 TV Series Himself
2009 Game Show Awards 2009 TV Special Himself
101 Most Unforgettable SNL Moments 2004 TV Movie Himself
101 Biggest Celebrity Oops 2004 TV Special documentary Himself – #66: Terrible Talk Shows
The Most Outrageous Game Show Moments 2002 TV Special Himself
Playboy: The Best of Pamela Anderson 1995 Video documentary Himself
Northern Exposure 1991 TV Series Himself


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