About Alex Trebek
George Alexander Trebek, better known as Alex Trebek, is an American-Canadian television personality. He is best known for hosting a popular game show entitled Jeopardy!, which has been aired since mid 1980s. Jeopardy! takes question-answer format and plays on variety of topics, including wordplay, geography, popular culture, language, history and arts. Before starting to work on this program, Alex has hosted some other game shows, such as Pitfall, The Wizard of Odds and High Rollers. During his lengthy career Trebek has made a number of brief appearances in various TV series, usually portraying his real-life personality. Alex Trebek net worth is currently estimated at $50 million dollars, making him one of the wealthiest game-show hosts in America.
Alexander was born in Canada, in a family of George Edward and Lucile Trebek. After graduating from Lisgar Collegiate Institute, Trebek continued his studies in Malvern Collegiate Institute and University of Ottawa, where he gained a degree in philosophy. As a student he was an active member of English Debating Society and was recognized for his eloquence.
His career in television, which eventually boosted Alex Trebek net worth to tens of millions, started in the early 1960s, when he landed a job on CBS. At first Alex worked as a sportscaster and newscaster, specializing on national events. In 1963 he was hired to host a Canadian program Music Hop. Three years later he started hosting a little known program Reach for the Top. A breakthrough in Trebek’s professional career came in 1974, when he started working on the popular American game show High Rollers. This program, which was based on the rules of the dice game Shut the Box, was aired until 1980. By then Alex Trebek net worth was already counted in millions.
The few years that followed the cancelation of High Rollers was quite hard for Alex. His next project, Battlestars, did not find the audience and was canceled after a few episodes. After this failure Alex moved on to host Pitfall, another game show filmed in Vancouver. This time the whole television production company Trebek was working for went bankrupt. As a result, Alex never received a single penny for his work on Pitfall. This unfortunate period ended in 1984, when Alex took the helm of Jeopardy! This show, which has been running for nearly 30 seasons, is responsible for the biggest part of Alex Trebek net worth. What about his personal life? Alex is currently living with his second wife, Jean Currivan Trebek. The couple got married in 1990, after the celebrity divorced his first spouse, Eleine Callei. Alex’s grown-up children, Emily Trebek and Matthew Trebek, have left the house long ago, thus his leisure time belongs to Jean alone.