To people outside of America who do not pay attention to the game show scene of American television, the name Vanna White would most likely mean nothing. However, to residents and fans of the show, Wheel of Fortune, the name is about as integral to the show as Pat Sajak himself. Through the show, Vanna White has become one of America’s most recognizable personalities, as well as the owner of enormous net worth.
A former beauty pageant, Vanna White, is one of the personalities with the longest-running presence on television, and in this article, we examine just how much impact that has on her net worth, as well as her other sources of income. Scroll below to learn more.
What is Vanna White’s Net Worth?
Vanna White’s official title on Wheel of Fortune is game show co-host, it is a title she has shared with Pat Sajak, one of America’s most iconic faces since 1982 and it has helped her to a personal net worth of $70 million according to the celebrity finance tracking website, Celebrity Net worth.
Her incredible net worth comes from more than four decades as a television personality. She has worked as an actress, a game show co-host, and outside of television as a real estate investor and an entrepreneur. We took a closer look at how she makes her money below.
How Does She Make Her Money?
We have established that Vanna White has a net worth of $70 million, and the bulk of her net worth has come through her most significant career role as the co-host of Wheel of Fortune.
Game Show Co-Host
The South Carolina-born game show appearance began in 1980 when she appeared in an episode of The Price is Right. It was not particularly a spectacular run on the show, but she left enough of an impression to be selected among one of three substitute hostesses of Wheel of Fortune after Susan Stafford left the game show in October 1982.
She was officially appointed the permanent hostess of the show in December of 1982 and had been working in the role ever since. Her exact contract journey since she assumed the position is unknown, but she is currently earning $4 million in salary a year on the show, all for four days of work per month, which frees her up to pursue the other ventures that have contributed to her net worth.
Vanna White’s Earnings From Acting
Just before Vanna White became one half of the iconic duo of Wheel of Fortune, she made her debut as an actress in the TV movie, Midnight Offerings (1981), playing the character, Devona. In the same year, she appeared in the film, Graduation Day, playing Doris.
However, she traded her budding acting career as an actress for game show hosting, but she has continued to make appearances in dramatized productions, often playing herself in shows and films.
So far, Vanna White has appeared in more than 15 movies and TV shows, including recent titles like Fresh Off the Boat, The King of Queens, and several others. Her income for each movie/TV show appearance is unknown, but with more than 15 credits to her name, Vanna White’s acting career has been a contributor to her net worth.
When you only have to work four days a month, you are free to pursue other interests, and that is what Vanna White has done. A fan of crochet and knitting, she has leveraged her hobby into a business by creating a line of yarns called Vanna’s Choice, which she sells through Lion Brand Yarns.
It is difficult to tell how much of Vanna White’s net worth comes from her yarn business, but aside from the income, it provides her an opportunity to share something with her daughter, with whom she regularly goes yarn shopping.
Other ways through which Vanna White makes her money and earns her net worth is through real estate, where she has significant investments that include houses and apartment buildings. How large an investment? Well, she reportedly listed a house in Beverly Hills for $47.5 million.
With such significant business interests, it is difficult not to see why the game show co-host is worth $70 million.
Outside of the above-listed means, Vanna White’s net worth has also come through book publishing, from her autobiography, Vanna Speaks, which she released in 1987. She was also once awarded $403,000 in damages from a lawsuit against Samsung Electronics.