Pat Sajak is a popular American TV personality. He is a professional TV anchor who started his career as a weatherman. His original name is Patrick Leonard, and he is popular for being the host of the popular TV game show named Wheel of Fortune. Here are the complete details about career, biography, and net worth of Pat Sajak in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
Pat Sajak was born on 26th October 1946 in Chicago. His father was a factory worker. Pat completed his graduation from Farragut High School. While at Columbia College Chicago, he used to work as a desk clerk. He performed as a disc jockey and hosted a few radio shows during that time. Pat also joined the US Army, and he went to Vietnam during the Vietnam War where he entertained the men in uniform via Armed Forced Radio as a DJ.
Pat married Sherrill in 1978, and after 6 years of living together, they filed for divorced and got separated as Pat had an extramarital affair. It was found out later that he was dating a photographer named Lesly Brown, and he got married to her in 1990. They have a son and a daughter together, and they are living happily till date without any dispute reported.
Career, Awards, & Nomination
The big break in Pat’s career came early on when he won Dick Biondi content on WLS radio, and become a part-time teen DJ. During his college days, he was hired for a job as a newsman for a local radio station. After that, he joined US Army and went to Vietnam, and served as a DJ for the Armed Forces Radio. After that, he worked for various local and national radio stations.
His first TV appearance happened in the early 1970s when he anchored a five-minute segment for NBC’s Today Show as a substitute. It was then that he received an offer to be a full-time weatherman. But his best-known appearance is as the host of Wheel of Fortune. He succeeded Chuck Woolery who was already popular as the host of the show.
Even though he was hired for being the host, the then president of NBC rejected him for being a local. But after his departure and the rise in popularity of Pat being the host of various other TV game shows, Pat has given the responsibility of Fortune of Wheel. He is signed to host the show till 2020. Pat has also hosted CBS’s late-night talk show, CNN’s Larry King Live, Fox’s Pat Sajak Weekend just to name a few. Furthermore, he played short-lived roles in some of the comedy movies and soap operas such as Days of Our Lives.
Net Worth & Earnings
How much net worth does a popular TV host have is a question everyone wants an answer of. Well, he has a net worth of over $80 million and he earns $15 million annually for being the host of the game show Wheels of Fortune. Apart from being a TV main and guest host, he has been writing regular columns for various newspapers and magazines such as Human Events. Pat has earned a considerable amount of wealth through his acting skills in popular TV series and comedy movies. He currently owns a radio station himself called WNAV. He is a regular investor in Golden Baseball League.
Pat Sajak is 71 years of age and his current contract as the host of the show Wheel of Fortune ends in 2020 which could well be his last season. He has been sponsoring various upcoming baseball teams, political candidates, and committees as well as charities like Young America’s Foundation.