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 really makes her somewhat richer than her Wheel co-host Pat Sajak. Her extra net worth came from her previous marriage to a highly successful property developer/restaurateur called George Santo Pietro.
Vanna Marie Rosich was born on February 18, 1957, near North Myrtle Beach in Conway, South Carolina. She’s the daughter of Joan and Miguel Rosich. Her parents divorced when she was a baby. 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 in a version. White was a contestant at 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.
Vanna White net worth
In 1980, White shot footage for an unfinished movie; it was edited and published in June 1990 as Gypsy Angels. In 1981, she got a bit part in the movie Looker and also appeared in the horror film Graduation Day, an American slasher movie where she played the character Doris. In October 1982, White was hired as one of three substitute hostesses of Wheel of Fortune following then-hostess Susan Stafford left the series. White became the show’s regular hostess on December 13, 1982, and has remained as the show’s primary hostess ever since. White has been co-host the evening edition of the series along with Pat Sajak.
Her 1987 autobiography, Vanna Speaks! , was a best-seller. That same year, she was featured in a Playboy pictorial, revealing photos taken of her before her livelihood on Wheel of Fortune.
In 1988, she appeared in the NBC television movie Goddess of Love, where she played Venus. She has made cameo appearances on television shows like L.A. Law, 227, Super Mario Bros. Super Show, Simon and Simon, The King of Queens, and Full House; and in films like Naked Gun 331/3: The Final Insult (1994) and Double Dragon (1994).
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In 1993, Vanna successfully sued the Samsung Electronics corporation on a commercial following the company aired a commercial that featured a smiling robot that turned letters on a game show. White claimed that the company was using her likeness without permission. Incredibly, Vanna ended up winning the litigation after several appeals and has been awarded $403,000 in damages.
White outdated Playgirl centerfold/Chippendales-dancer-turned-actor John Gibson in the 1980s and they finally became engaged. In 1986, Gibson was killed in a plane crash.
Vanna married restaurant proprietor George Santo Pietro in December 1990. Santo Pietro was born into a wealthy family in Beverly Hills. He started his first restaurant, the appropriately-named Santa Pietro, in the early 1980s. He followed up with a successful sushi place called Sushi-Ko, which became a hot spot for celebrities. White got pregnant in September 1992 and declared her pregnancy on an episode of Wheel of Fortune where”Vanna’s pregnant” was the reply 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.
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At age five, her grandmother taught her how to crochet, a hobby she proceeds to get involved in this day. She’s 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 many frequent clappers. As of January 31, 2013, it was estimated that she clapped at 3,480,864 times throughout the show’s 30 seasons. She had appeared in all but 10 of Wheel’s 5,754 episodes to that point, throughout the show’s modern syndicated run, which started on September 19, 1983. This works out to an average amount of 606 claps each series.
White is a patron of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, devoting $1.8 million into the program and intends to keep her philanthropic works after her retirement from tv.
Vanna White’s salary is $10 million each year. In contrast, Pat Sajak’s salary is $15 million. That is 48 days per year of work to make $15 and $10 million annually, respectively. That means Vanna earns $208,333 per workday. Pat earns $312,500 per workday. Breaking it down per series, Pat Sajak earns $52,083 per series and Vanna White earns $34,722 per series. Wheel of Fortune tapes four times a month, six shows every day. They tape two Thursdays and two Fridays. On taping days, they arrive around 8:30 am and begin shooting at noon. 1 audience watches three displays, then there’s a break for lunch. Another audience comes to watch three more tapings.
At one point George and Vanna lived in a gated community known as the Mulholland Estates. They lived next door to Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty. They finally built a 15,000 square foot spec home in the gated community of Beverly Park. The couple lived at the house until their divorce in 2002. Following their divorce, they vacated the property and for many years they leased it for $175,000 a month. In 2017 they listed the home for sale for $47.5 million. They also owned a home on a nearby lot, that was sold for $22 million.