Vanna White’s Salary
Vanna White net worth: Vanna White is an American television personality, model, and actress who has a net worth of $70 million dollars. She is best known as the hostess and puzzle-board turner of the long-running game show “Wheel of Fortune.” She is just slightly richer than her co-host Pat Sajak. Her additional net worth came from her first marriage to a very successful real estate developer/restaurateur.
Early Life: Vanna Marie Rosich was born on February 18, 1957, Conway, South Carolina. She is the daughter of Joan and Miguel Rosich. Her parents divorced when she was a baby. Her mother remarried a man named Herbert White, Jr. Vanna took his last name. She was raised in North Myrtle Beach and graduated from North Myrtle Beach High School. She moved to Atlanta to attend the Atlanta School of Fashion and Design. During college, she was a contestant in the 1978 pageant for Miss Georgia USA. In 1979, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. In June 1980, she was a contestant on “The Price is Right.”
Career: In 1981, Vanna booked a bit part in the film “Looker” and also appeared in the horror movie “Graduation Day.” In October 1982, White was hired as one of three substitute hostesses of “Wheel of Fortune.” White became the show’s regular hostess on December 13, 1982, and has remained as the show’s primary hostess ever since. She beat out more than 200 other young women for the job. White continues to co-host the evening version of the show along with Pat Sajak. Her contract runs through 2022. White has worn more than 6,700 dresses with no repeats during her tenure on “Wheel of Fortune.” She does not get to keep her wardrobe from the show. White’s dresses are usually borrowed from designers and returned once she’s done taping the show.
White was presented with a Guinness World Record on the May 24, 2013, episode of “Wheel of Fortune.” Her world record is for “most frequent clapper.” She clapped at least 3,480,864 times across the show’s 30 seasons as of January 31, 2013.
“Wheel of Fortune” tapes an impressive six shows a day, meaning that White and Sajak are only expected on set four days a month.
She has made appearances on a number of television shows such as “Just Shoot Me,” “Married With Children,” “The King of Queens,” and “The A-Team.”
Playboy Lawsuit: In 1987 Vanna White was on the cover of “Playboy” magazine. Inside the pages, there was a pictorial of a semi-nude White. She did not willingly pose for “Playboy,” instead, Hugh Hefner bought photos she had posed for as a struggling actress in 1982. She needed to pay her rent. She sued Hefner and the magazine for $5.2 million on the grounds that the pictorial tarnished her family-friendly audience image. She dropped both lawsuits.
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: When Vanna White left North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to pursue her dream of becoming a star, she only $1,000 to her name. She waited tables and modeled while in college in Atlanta and while looking for fame and fortune in her early days in Los Angeles.
In the 1980’s Vanna dated “Playgirl” centerfold and Chippendales-dancer-turned-actor John Gibson. They got engaged at some point in the 80s, however, Gibson was killed in a plane crash in 1986, before they got married.
In the summer of 1980, she returned briefly to South Carolina to be with her mother as she battled ovarian cancer. Her mother lost her battle with the disease.
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 in the early 1980s. He followed up with a successful sushi place called Sushi-Ko that became a hot spot for celebrities. They had two children together, son Nicholas, born in 1994 and a daughter Giovanna, nicknamed Gigi, in 1997. White and Santo Pietro divorced in November 2002.
Her grandmother taught her how to crochet when she was five. She continues this hobby to this day. After talking about her love of crocheting on the “Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” she was contacted by the yarn manufacturer Lion Brand Yarns. The comapny contracted with her to create her own line of yarns called Vanna’s Choice.
White is a patron of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She has donated $1.8 million to date to St. Jude’s. She plans to continue her philanthropic works after her retirement from “Wheel of Fortune.”
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 $10 and $15 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 Santo Pietro 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.
Her longtime primary residence has been a 10,000 square-foot mansion in the hills above Beverly Hills which she bought in the early 2000s for $3.4 million. Today this home is likely worth north of $10 million.
In 2013 Vanna paid $1.125 million for a home in Sherman Oaks, California. She listed this home for rent in May 2020 for $20,000 per month.
|Net Worth:||$70 Million|
|Date of Birth:||Feb 18, 1957 (64 years old)|
|Height:||5 ft 5 in (1.67 m)|
|Nationality:||United States of America|
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