Vanna White Net Worth: Career, Personal Life & Real Estate

November 16, 2022
Updated 2022/12/05 at 11:34 AM
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Vanna White Net Worth

What is Vanna White Net Worth and Salary? Vanna White net worth is $85 million.  She is an American television personality, model, and actress. She is best known as the long-running game show “Wheel of Fortune” hostess and puzzle-board turner.

Vanna White net worth of $85 million as of this writing puts her around $15 million ahead of her co-host Pat Sajak’s (net worth of $70 million).

The disparity might be attributed in part to real estate ventures made with her ex-husband, real estate developer and restaurateur George Santo Pietro. Alex Trebek was valued at $75 million at the time of his death in 2020. As a result, Vanna is/was the wealthiest of the three.

Vanna White’s annual “W.O.F” compensation is $10 million, but as we’ll see later in this piece, it’s not even her primary source of income. Every year, she and Pat Sajak make more money licensing their images to casino slot machines than they do from the game show itself

Popular Name:Vanna White
Real Name:Vanna Marie Rosich
Birth Date:February 18, 1957
Birth Place:Conway, South Carolina, United States
Age:65 years old 
Gender:Female
Nationality/Citizenship:American
Height:1.68 M/5 ft 6
Weight:55 kg
Sexuality:Straight
Marital Status:Married
Spouse(s):
George Santo Pietro
Children:Nicholas (Niko) and  Giovanna (Gigi)
Profession:American television personality, model, and actress.
Years active:1980–present
Net Worth:$85 Million
Last Updated:2022

Early Life

Vanna Marie Rosich was born in Conway, South Carolina on February 18, 1957. Her parents were Joan and Miguel Rosich, they got divorced when she was a baby. Her mother remarried Herbert White, Jr. Vanna adopted his surname.

She grew up in North Myrtle Beach and attended North Myrtle Beach High School. She relocated to Atlanta in order to study at the Atlanta School of Fashion & Design. During college, she competed in the Miss Georgia USA pageant in 1978. She relocated to Los Angeles in 1979 to seek a career as an actress. She appeared on “The Price is Right” in June 1980.

Career

Vanna had a cameo in the 1981 film “Looker” and also appeared in the horror thriller “Graduation Day.” White was hired as one of three substitute hosts for “W.O.F.” in October 1982. White took over as the show’s permanent hostess on December 13, 1982, and has remained so ever since.

She beat out over 200 other young women for the position. White continues to co-host the show’s evening edition with Pat Sajak. Her contract is valid until 2022.

During her time on “Wheel of Fortune,” White’s outfits are typically borrowed from designers and returned once the show is completed.

On the May 24, 2013, episode of “W.O.F,” White was presented with a Guinness World Record for “most frequent clapper,” having clapped at least 3,480,864 times during the show’s 30 seasons as of January 31, 2013.

She has appeared on several television shows, including “Just Shoot Me,” “Married With Children,” “The King of Queens,” and “The A-Team.”

Playboy Lawsuit

At the same time, 30 years of fame and money have not been without challenges. To the surprise of every America, Vanna appeared in Playboy Magazine in 1987. The photos were taken by a photographer who was not even linked with Playboy in 1982. A few months before she earned the Wheel role. The photographer sold the images to Hugh Hefner and Playboy five years later.

Vanna sued Playboy for $5.2 million when the images were released, saying that they were never intended for widespread publication and that publishing them would tarnish her image as a humble, wholesome, lovely, and innocent all-American girl. She also went after Hefner personally.

According to Playboy, Vanna was aware that the magazine planned to publish the images and really wanted them to be released around the same time her autobiography was released. The claim was eventually dismissed.

Sony Lawsuit

Vanna successfully sued Samsung Electronics Corporation over a commercial in 1993. The firm ran a commercial featuring a smiling robot turning letters on a game show. White claimed that the firm was utilizing her image without her permission. Vanna miraculously won the claim with a $403,000 compensation after multiple appeals.

Personal Life

Vanna White had only $1,000 when she left North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to pursue her dream of becoming a celebrity. She waited tables and modeled while in college in Atlanta and also in her early days in Los Angeles, where she sought fame and money.

Vanna dated “Playgirl” centerfold and Chippendales-dancer-turned-actor John Gibson in the 1980s. They got engaged in the 1980s, but Gibson was killed in an aircraft crash in 1986 before they married.

She went to South Carolina in the summer of 1980 to be with her mother, who was battling ovarian cancer. Her mother succumbed to the sickness.

In December 1990, Vanna married a restaurant owner George Santo Pietro. Santo Pietro was born in Beverly Hills to a rich family.

In the early 1980s, he opened his first restaurant. He then opened a successful sushi restaurant named Sushi-Ko, which became a celebrity hangout. They had two children together: Nicholas, born in 1994, and Giovanna, nicknamed Gigi, born in 1997. In November 2002, White and Santo Pietro divorced.

When she was five years old, her grandmother taught her how to crochet. She still enjoys this passion today. She was contacted by Lion Brand Yarns after discussing her love of crocheting on the “Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” The company hired her to design her own line of yarns, Vanna’s Choice.

White contributes to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She has donated $1.8 million to St. Jude’s so far. She intends to continue her charitable activities after leaving “WOF.”

Wheel of Fortune Salary Highlights

Vanna White’s annual compensation from “Wheel of Fortune (WOF)” is $10 million. Pat Sajak earns $15 million a year.

WOF tapes six shows every day, four days per month. They tape on two Thursdays and two Fridays per week. They both come at 8:30 a.m. on tape days and begin shooting around noon. One audience sees three shows before taking a lunch break. A second audience arrives to witness three more tapings.

In other words, Vanna and Pat worked 48 days per year to make $10 million and $14 million, respectively. Vanna White gets paid $208,333 every workday. Pat is paid $312,500 per workday. In terms of earnings per show, Pat Sajak earns $48,611 and Vanna White earns $34,722.

But! Vanna’s “WOF” salary isn’t even her greatest annual payout, as we’ll explain in the following paragraph!

Annual Earnings

Vanna White’s annual income easily exceeds $25 million, thanks to her “Wheel of Fortune” salary and casino licensing earnings.

Casino Licensing Earnings

Believe it or not, Vanna White’s paycheck from “WOF” is not her primary source of money. Vanna and Pat both make more money from licensing their photos to casino slot machines than from the game show itself.

Wheel of Fortune was the very first entertainment property approved for use on slot machines. The first WOF-branded slot machines was installed at Las Vegas casinos in 1996. They rapidly became immensely popular and were licensed to casinos all over the world.

Within a decade, the WOF-branded slot machines were claimed to be the most profitable slot machines in most casinos. On casino floors around the world, there are an estimated 20,000 “Wheel” slot machines.

WOF slot machines alone produce over $1 billion in gross revenue per year in Las Vegas. Over $2 billion is generated by machines worldwide.

Pat and Vanna both receive at least $15 million per year in exchange for licensing their individual faces and likenesses for slot machines, mostly through a base royalty payment but also through a range of bonuses and appearance fees.

Real Estate

George Santo Pietro and Vanna used to live in The Mulholland Estates, a private enclave. They shared a house with Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty. They eventually erected a 15,000-square-foot spec mansion in the Beverly Park gated enclave.

The house was where the couple lived until their divorce in 2002. After their divorce, they both abandoned the property, which they rented for $175,000 per month for several years. They listed the residence for $47.5 million in 2017. They also had a house on a neighboring street.

The two properties were finally sold individually. The second lot fetched $22 million. The primary parcel, which included Vanna’s residence, sold for $19.3 million in June 2020.

White invests her earnings in apartment buildings and enjoys property flipping. Her primary property has been a 10,000-square-foot mansion in the hills above Beverly Hills that she purchased for $3.4 million in the early 2000s. Today, this house is probably worth more than $10 million.

Vanna spent $1.125 million for a property in Sherman Oaks, California, in 2013. She has placed this home for rent at $20,000 per month starting in May 2020.

 

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FAQs

How much is Vanna White worth?

Vanna White’s net worth is estimated to be $85 Million.

 

 

Vanna White’s height is 1.67 m, which is equal to 5 ft 6 in.

Vanna White was born on February 18, 1957, and is currently 65 years old.

 

Conclusion

This article has been able to review a little information about Vanna White’s early life, career, net worth, and all about her personal life. 

 

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