Vanna White Net Worth
Vanna White net worth: Vanna White is an American television personality, model, and actress best known as the hostess and puzzle-board turner of Wheel of Fortune. Vanna White has a net worth of $70 million dollars. Interestingly, that actually makes her slightly richer than her Wheel co-host Pat Sajak. Her additional net worth came from her previous marriage to a highly successful real estate developer/restaurateur named George Santo Pietro.
Early Life: Vanna Marie Rosich was born on February 18, 1957, near North Myrtle Beach in Conway, South Carolina. She is the daughter of Joan and Miguel Rosich. Her parents divorced when she was an infant. She was raised in North Myrtle Beach by her mother and stepfather Herbert White, Jr. Vanna took her stepfather's last name. After graduating from high school she moved to Atlanta, Georgia to attend The Atlanta School of Fashion and Design. She also worked at a model. White was a contestant in the Miss Georgia USA 1978 pageant. She moved to Los Angeles in 1979 to pursue an acting career. In the summer of 1980, she returned briefly to South Carolina when her mother was dying of ovarian cancer. On June 18, 1980 Vanna was a contestant on the game show The Price is Right.
Career: In 1980, White shot footage for an incomplete film; it was subsequently edited and released in June 1990 as Gypsy Angels. In 1981, she got a bit part in the film Looker and also appeared in the horror movie Graduation Day, an American slasher film in which she played the character Doris. In October 1982, White was hired as one of three substitute hostesses of Wheel of Fortune after then-hostess Susan Stafford left the show. White became the show's regular hostess on December 13, 1982, and has remained as the show's primary hostess ever since. White continues to co-host the evening version of the show along with Pat Sajak.
Her 1987 autobiography, Vanna Speaks!, was a best-seller. That same year, she was featured in a Playboy pictorial, showing photos taken of her before her career on Wheel of Fortune.
In 1988, she appeared in the NBC television film Goddess of Love, in which she played Venus. She has made cameo appearances on television shows such as L.A. Law, 227, Super Mario Bros. Super Show, Simon and Simon, The King of Queens, and Full House; and in films such as Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult (1994) and Double Dragon (1994).
Sony Lawsuit: In 1993, Vanna successfully sued the Samsung Electronics corporation over a commercial after the company aired a commercial that featured a smiling robot that turned letters on a game show. White asserted that the company was using her likeness without permission. Incredibly, Vanna ended up winning the lawsuit after several appeals and was awarded $403,000 in damages.
Personal Life: White dated Playgirl centerfold/Chippendales-dancer-turned-actor John Gibson in the 1980s and they eventually became engaged. In 1986, Gibson was killed in a plane crash.
Vanna married restaurant owner George Santo Pietro in December 1990. Santo Pietro was born to a wealthy family in Beverly Hills. He launched his first restaurant, the appropriately-named Santa Pietro's, in the early 1980s. He followed up with a successful sushi place called Sushi-Ko that became a hot spot for celebrities. White got pregnant in September 1992 and announced her pregnancy on an episode of Wheel of Fortune where "Vanna's pregnant" was the answer to a puzzle. She miscarried shortly after the episode's taping.White later had a son, Nicholas, born in 1994, and a daughter, Giovanna (Gigi), born in 1997, from her marriage to Santo Pietro. The couple divorced in November 2002.
From 2004 to 2006, she was engaged to businessman Michael Kaye, senior partner in a large leveraged buyout fund based in southern California. The two never married.
At the age of five, her grandmother taught her how to crochet, a hobby she continues to take part in to this day. She is known for her line of yarns called "Vanna's Choice" through Lion Brand Yarns.
On the May 24, 2013 episode of Wheel of Fortune, White was presented with a Guinness World Record certificate for most frequent clapper. As of January 31, 2013, it was estimated she clapped at least 3,480,864 times across the show's 30 seasons. She had appeared in all but 10 of Wheel's 5,754 episodes to that point, during the show's modern syndicated run, which began on September 19, 1983. That works out to an average number of 606 claps per show.
White is a patron of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, donating $1.8 million to the program and plans to continue her philanthropic works after her retirement from television.
Salary Highlights: Vanna White's salary is $10 million per year. For comparison, Pat Sajak's salary is $15 million. That's 48 days per year of work to earn $15 and $10 million per year, respectively. That means Vanna earns $208,333 per workday. Pat earns $312,500 per workday. Breaking it down per show, Pat Sajak earns $52,083 per show and Vanna White earns $34,722 per show. Wheel of Fortune tapes four days per month, six shows per day. They tape two Thursdays and two Fridays. On taping days, they both arrive around 8:30 am and start shooting at noon. One audience watches three shows, then there is a break for lunch. A second audience comes in to watch three more tapings.
Real Estate: At one point George and Vanna lived in a gated community called The Mulholland Estates. They lived next door to Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty. They eventually built a 15,000 square foot spec house in the gated community of Beverly Park. The couple lived in the home until their divorce in 2002. After their divorce, they both vacated the property and for several years they rented it for $175,000 per month. In 2017 they listed the house for sale for $47.5 million. They also owned a house on a nearby lot which was sold for $22 million.
White uses her income to invest in apartment buildings, and she likes flipping houses.
|Net Worth:||$70 Million|
|Date of Birth:||Feb 18, 1957 (63 years old)|
|Height:||5 ft 5 in (1.67 m)|
|Nationality:||United States of America|