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How Rich is ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Icon Now?

What is TV legend Vanna White’s net worth?

Although Wheel of Fortune does not end, Pat Sajak said goodbye with emotion to the audience from all over the country.

Sajak’s net worth comes from his long success as a television host.

Vanna did not have the same salary that Sajak earned for 41 seasons. But his net worth might surprise you. …

Vanna White in May 2022.
Vanna White attends the 29th Annual Race to Erase MS Gala at Fairmont Century Plaza on May 20, 2022. (Photo credit: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

Vanna White’s history with ‘Wheel of Fortune’ is as old as the show itself

In 1982, Vanna White began working full time Wheel of Fortune. Before that, she had been one of several substitutes. And before thatshe was actually one of the first contestants, although that footage did not initially appear on television.

Whether you call her a letter-turner, a letter-turner, or an “activator” (since “activate” is the official term for what she does to reveal letters), White is a television icon.

She receives a considerable amount of money. The exact amounts are unclear, but she previously earned about $3 million a year. Most recently, she signed on as a co-host through 2026 and apparently received a substantial raise in the process.

Vanna White and Pat Sajak in early November 2019.
Vanna White and Pat Sajak attend Harry Friedman’s star honoring on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 1, 2019. (Photo credit: David Livingston/Getty Images)

What is Vanna White’s net worth?

According to online estimates by Celebrity Net Worth, Vanna White has a net worth of around $85 million.

Presumably, a lot of that money comes from his later decades. Wheel of Fortune and his years in the most recent spin-off, Celebrity Wheel of Fortune.

However (and crucially, as we will explain), Vanna White’s net worth also comes from other sources. That (in addition to the fact that these are all estimates) may explain why her estimated net worth is higher than Pat Sajak’s, when her salary was much higher for a long time.

Vanna White in early June 2017.
Vanna White at the 16th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball on June 3, 2017. (Photo credit: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Chrysalis Butterfly Ball)

Remember, Vanna White (allegedly) had to haggle for a raise

In 2023, Pat Sajak announced his impending retirement a year before he and Vanna said goodbye onscreen.

Vanna White allegedly hired some lawyers to negotiate the renewal of her own contract on her behalf. If one believes the reports, it had been an abysmal 18 years since she received a raise.

By the final days of summer 2023, White had reportedly agreed to another two years. Wheel of Fortune and received a considerable raise. Unfortunately, we don’t know the details.

Vanna White and Pat Sajak on the auspicious date of April 8, 2018.
“Wheel of Fortune” host Vanna White (left) and host Pat Sajak speak as they are inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Broadcasting Hall of Fame during the NAB Achievement in Broadcasting dinner at Encore Las Vegas on April 9, 2018. (Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

How much does ‘Wheel of Fortune’ pay Vanna White?

Obviously, we have to estimate. And, even worse, we have to do math. However, if reports about his (previous) $3 million salary are true, here’s the breakdown.

Wheel of Fortune films four (long) days each month, filming around six episodes per day. After all, producing 288 episodes per year is no small feat.

That would mean he makes a little over $10k per episode, a little over $62k per workday, and over $240k per month. It’s obviously a hefty salary, but compared to Pat Sajak’s salary and White’s status as a household name, it’s hard to get too excited. This is a television icon that makes the pay per episode comparable to a new real housewife.

Vanna White in May 2019, smiling for the cameras.
Vanna White attends the 26th Annual Race to Erase MS on May 10, 2019. (Photo credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Race To Erase MS)

How did Vanna White achieve such an impressive net worth?

If one looks at the estimates, Vanna White’s net worth of $85 million exceeds Pat Sajak’s by $10 million, if not more.

His secret has to do with his interest in the real estate sector. He buys houses, repairs and improves them, and then sells them for a profit. Notably, he was doing this before “home flipping” became a post-Great Recession fad.

Related to this, it has also invested in apartment buildings. While being a landlord is enough to ruin many celebrities’ brands, it’s important to note that she doesn’t seem to buy family homes in neighborhoods. Unlike the leeches that strive to create AirBnB fiefdoms and destroy real estate markets, apartment buildings actually serve a positive function in society.

She has also had other sources of income.

We also shouldn’t forget that Vanna White is a bestselling author. Vanna speaksFor his 1987 memoir, he got a $250,000 advance, a sizable advance now, but worth much more in the 1980s.

She has also appeared as an actress, as has Pat Sajak.

When it came to real estate, he was using the proceeds from the Wheel of Fortune to make new investments. But an autobiography and acting roles are using his face and her fame to promote themselves. She is clearly a smart business woman.



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