Pat Sajak Net Worth

Net Worth$65 Million
Date of Birth26 October 1946
ProfessonTelevision personality
NationalityAmerican
Last Updated2020

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Pat Sajak Net Worth, How did the television personality and game show host earn his wealth? Find out more interesting facts about Pat Sajak Net Worth and his career.

Pat Sajak Net Worth

Pat Sajak Early Life

He is a former weatherman, current television personality, actor and game show host. Pat Sajak is most famous for being the long term host of the game show Wheel of Fortune.  

Sajak has been married twice and has two children. He is a regular poster contributor and podcast on the conservative blog ricochet.com. 

Pat Sajak Career

Patrick Leonard Sajdak was born on October 26, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois. While attending Columbia College Chicago, his broadcasting instructor told him that the local radio station WEDC was looking for a news anchor. 

He applied and ended up landing the station’s 6am time slot. Sajak joined the U.S. Army in 1968 during the Vietnam war. While serving in the Army he deejayed on Armed Forces Radio. While DJing, he began each broadcast with the line “Good morning, Vietnam!”.

In the late 1970s, Sajak moved to Los Angeles seeking work in the entertainment industry. He soon landed a full-time weatherman position at KNBC-TV in Los Angeles in 1977.

The game show impresario Merv Griffin offered Pat the opportunity to take over hosting duties on Wheel of Fortune from Chuck Woolery in 1983. Unfortunately, the President of NBC at the time rejected the idea of hiring Sajak for being “too local”. In response, Merv Griffin shut the entire show down entirely and refused to film new episodes until Sajak was hired. 

Sajak has hosted the daytime and syndicated evening versions of Wheel from for the last 30+ years. For his work on the show, he has won three Emmys and was even given a star on Hollywood’s walk of fame. Sajak hosted his own late-night talk show from January 9, 1989 to April 13, 1990 on CBS. 

Pat Sajak Net Worth

Pat Sajak Net Worth as of today is $65 Million while his salary is $15 Million. Pat Sajak Net Worth is acquired from his career as a TV personality and game show host.

Pat Sajak earns an annual salary of $15 million as host of Wheel of Fortune. For comparison, Vanna White’s salary is $10 million  while Wheel of Fortune tapes four days per month, six shows per day. 

Wheel of Fortune tape two Thursdays and two Fridays. On taping days, they both arrive around 8:30am and start shooting at noon. An audience watches three shows, then there is a break for lunch then the next audience comes in to watch three more tapings.

Pat and Vanna tape four days per month. That’s 48 days per year of work to earn $15 and $10 million per year, respectively. That means Vanna earns $208,333 per work day. Pat earns $312,500 per work day. Breaking it down per show, Pat Sajak earns $52,083 per show and Vanna White earns $34,722 per show.

Summary: 

Patrick Leonard Sajdak is a former weatherman, current television personality, actor and game show host. 

In the late 1970s, Sajak moved to Los Angeles seeking work in the entertainment industry. He soon landed a full-time weatherman position at KNBC-TV in Los Angeles in 1977.

As of 2020, Pat Sajak’s  net worth is $65 Million.

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