Vanna White Net Worth
Vanna White has an estimated net worth of $85 million. Vanna White is the longtime co-host of the popular game show ‘Wheel of Fortune.’ She earns most of her income from her career as an actor.
Vanna White was a professional model before becoming a co-host on the game show Wheel of Fortune in 1982. She’s in charge of revealing the letters on the show’s large puzzle board and modeling a constantly changing line of designs. White is a mother of two who enjoys crocheting and has her own yarn line, Vanna’s Choice.
To calculate the net worth of Vanna White, subtract all her liabilities from her total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity she has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.
Here’s the breakdown of her net worth:
|Net Worth:||$85 Million|
|Monthly Income:||$70 Thousand+|
|Annual Salary:||$10 Million|
|Source of Wealth:||Presenter, Actor|
Early Life and Career
Vanna Marie Rosich was born on February 18, 1957, in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vanna’s parents divorced when she was a baby, and she was raised in North Myrtle Beach by her mother, Joan, and stepfather, Herbert White Jr.
White moved to Atlanta, Georgia, after graduating from high school, to attend the Atlanta School of Fashion and work as a model. She moved to Los Angeles in 1979 to pursue an acting career, but she returned briefly to South Carolina in the summer of 1980 to see her mother, who was dying of ovarian cancer.
White returned to Hollywood with renewed zeal, landing a string of minor roles in mostly forgettable films, including the role of Mickey in Gypsy Angels (1980), a bit part in Looker (1981), co-starring with Albert Finney, and the small role of Doris in the high school thriller Graduation Day (1981). In 1982, she also appeared in an episode of the TV show Star of the Family.
‘Wheel of Fortune’ Hostess
Later that year, in 1982, White landed the job that would launch her career. She was chosen from among 200 applicants to join new host and former weatherman Pat Sajak on Merv Griffin’s NBC game show Wheel of Fortune. Over the next few years, the show grew in popularity, and by 1986, a syndicated evening version drew 30 million viewers, twice as many as the No. 2 syndicated program, M*A*S*H, and grossed $100 million per year. Wheel of Fortune was seen by approximately 40 million people in 1999, its 16th year in syndication.
White’s role as hostess, chief letter-turner, and model for an ever-changing line of designs on Wheel of Fortune quickly catapulted her to stardom. Suddenly, “Vannamania” swept the country, and White quickly earned a slew of lucrative endorsement deals and even starred in the NBC film Venus: The Goddess of Love.
While some media observers mocked White for her limited acting ability and her role on Wheel as a non-speaking clotheshorse, the majority of viewers grew to like her, thanks in part to her beauty, energy, and constant charisma, and White became something of an iconic figure in American pop culture. Her popularity peaked between the mid- and late-1980s.
In 1992, White was named the most frequent clapper on television by The Guinness Book of World Records, with an average of 720 claps per show and over 28,000 per season. Vanna Speaks, a ghostwritten autobiography of the game show host, was published in 1987.
White has said of her long tenure on Wheel of Fortune, “It’s not the most intellectual job in the world, but I do have to know the letters.” “When I was having that alphabet soup, I never thought it would pay off,” she once joked.
When Sajak was hospitalized for emergency surgery in late 2019, White stepped in to host Wheel of Fortune by herself after more than three decades on the air.
White’s personal life was marked by tragedy in 1986, when her longtime lover, soap opera actor and Chippendales dancer John Gibson, died in a plane crash.
White married restaurateur George San Pietro in 1990. Nicholas, their son, was born in 1994, and Giovanna, their daughter, was born in 1997. In 2002, White and San Pietro divorced. She was engaged to financier Michael Kaye a few years later, but the couple never married. White went on to have a long-term relationship with real estate developer John Donaldson.
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