Vanna White is an American actress and television personality best known to the world as the hostess of Wheel of Fortune. She has hosted Wheel of Fortune since 1982. Her time on the show earned her a lot of money and is the main source of her wealth.
As an actress, she appeared on the Super Mario Bros. Super Show, Married…With Children, Graduation Day, Simon and Simon, The King of Queens, Naked Gun 33?: The Last Insult, Double Dragon, Goddess of Love, L.A. Law, 227 and Full House.
At the height of the popularity of Wheel of Fortune, Vanna White became so popular that she plays an important role in popular culture.
She was mentioned in Nelly’s 2001 hit, Ride Wit Me when he talks about sitting next to her on a first-class flight. Weird Al Yankovic, known for his comedic music, wrote a song called Stuck In A Closet With Vanna White. The song was featured on Weird Al’s Even Worse album, and these are just two of many examples.
White is also a published author; she wrote the book Vanna Speaks in 1987. Vanna Speaks was a bestseller, another testimony to her fame.
Vanna White Bio & Wiki
Vanna White was born on 18 February 1957 in Conway South Carolina as Vanna Marie Rosich to Joan Marie and Miguel Angel Rosich. Her father was of Puerto Rican and Croatian descent. However, her parents divorced when she was a toddler and her mother remarried with Herbert Stackley White Jr, whose last name was Vanna. Her stepfather was a real estate agent in what is now North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
She was active as an actress from 1980 until today.
Vanna White Salary & Net Worth
Vanna White’s total net worth is a whopping 140 million dollars. This is the result of her years with the Wheel of Fortune, where her annual salary was $8 million.
She also received $403,000 when she sued Samsung Electronics for showing a parody of her in one of their 1993 ads.
The ad in question was a comic book ad in which a robot turned letters around in a game show instead of Vanna. Vanna claimed that her personal rights had been violated.
A knitting and crochet enthusiast, she has a line of yarns through Lion Brand Yarns called “Vanna’s choice”. Her yarn line is also an additional source of income for her, contributing to her total wealth.
As expected, she also earns money through sponsorship, features, advertising, and sponsorship.
Vanna White Wheel of Fortune Beginnings
Before her Wheel of Fortune debut, Vanna first appeared on June 20, 1980, in an episode of The Game Show – The Price is Right. She was one of the first four competitors in the game. However, she lost the game in the middle of the episode.
Later, when Susan Stafford (the original hostess of Wheel of Fortune) left her job in October 1982, Vanna was recruited as a replacement hostess. However, she was not the only one who was recruited; Vicki McCarty and Summer Bartholomew were also hired as replacement hostesses. It is believed, however, that the popularity of the show skyrocketed because of Vanna. She was later offered a permanent position, which led to her long career in the show and the entertainment industry in general.
Vanna White Married, Boyfriend, Husband, Children & Family
Vanna’s friend in the 1980s was a dancer, actor and playgirl centerfold – John Gibson. The couple was very serious and eventually got engaged. Unfortunately, their romantic story was broken off when John Gibson died in a plane crash in 1986.
After four years Vanna married George Santo Pietro, a restaurant owner, in 1990. She became pregnant with the couple’s first child in September 1992 and announced the pregnancy in an episode of the series “Wheel of Fortune” in which “Vanna is pregnant” was the answer to one of the mysteries. Unfortunately, she had a miscarriage shortly after the episode was recorded.
She later gave birth to the couple’s first son, Nicholas, in 1994 and their daughter Giovanna – Gigi – in 1997. In an unfortunate turn of events, the couple was officially divorced in November 2002.
The TV presenter then became engaged to Michale Kaye, a businessman and senior partner of a Southern California-based leveraged buyout fund. Despite a two-year engagement, from 2004 to 2006, the couple never married.
Since then, Vanna White has chosen to keep her private life on the ground and stay away from gossip magazines and the media.
Vanna White Height, Weight, Quick Facts
Height: 5’6″ (168 cm)
Weight: 115 lbs (52 kg)
Body Type: Slim
Birth Place: Conway, South Carolina, United States Of America
Star Sign: Aquarius
Net Worth: $40million