Merv Griffin net worth: Merv Griffin was an American television host, singer, and media mogul who had a net worth of $1 billion. Merv Griffin was born in San Mateo, California on July 6, 1925. He died in Los Angeles at the age of 82 on August 12, 2007. He was the host of The Merv Griffin Show from 1965 to 1986. He also created the game shows Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune among many others. Outside of television, Merv Griffin was an extremely successful real estate entrepreneur. He purchased several resorts and hotels around the world, most notably the Beverly Hilton Hotel. In 1996, Griffin's business empire was acquired by Coca Cola for $250 million ($530 million in today's dollars). At the time of Merv's death in 2007, his net worth was estimated at $1 – $1.3 billion.