Vanna White is a famous American actress, model, and television personality, well-known as the hostess and puzzle-board turner of the “Wheel of Fortune” game show.
What are Vanna White’s net worth and salary income?
At the time this article is written Vanna White has a net worth of $85 million and this amount makes her richer by $15 million than her co-host Pat Sajak, with a net worth of $70 million. This difference comes from the real estate investments she made with her ex-husband George San Pietro, who is a real estate restaurateur and developer.
Vanna White is paid $10 million per year in salary for her work in the “Wheel of Fortune” show, but this is not her main source of income. She earns more money every year from licensing her image to casino slot machines.
- Vanna White owned $50 million worth of Beverly Hills real estate
- Vanna makes $10 million every year from the “Wheel of Fortune” show
- Vanna White beat out 200 other models for the job in the “Wheel of Fortune” show
- She has been on the show since 1982
- She donated millions of dollars to St. Judes
- Vanna makes $15 million every year from casino image licensing
- Thanks to multiple tapings, Vanna makes around $210 per work day
- Vanna White makes around $35,000 per show tapping
Casino licensing income
Vanna White does not make most of her money from “Wheel of Fortune”, but from licensing her image to casino slot machines. Worldwide, slot machines generate more than $2 billion per year.
Vanna White together with the other co-host of the show “Wheel of Fortune”, Pat Sajak, earns a minimum of $15 million per year for licensing their likenesses and image.
Revenue per year
Taking into consideration the salary from “Wheel of Fortune’ and the casino licensing income, Vanna’s revenue per year is $25 million.
Childhood and career beginnings
Vanna White, by her real name Vanna Marie Rosich, was born on February 18, 1957, in Conway, South Carolina. Her parents are Miguel and Joan Rosich. Unfortunately, they divorced when Vanna was just a baby. However, her mother remarried Herbert White and Vanna took his last name.
Vanna White grew up in North Myrtle Beach and studied at North Myrtle Beach High School. After high school, she moved to Atlanta to follow the courses of the Atlanta School of Fashion and Design. In 1978 she was a contestant for Miss Georgia USA and one year later she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career. She competed in “The Price is Right” show in 1980.
Vanna White first appeared in movies in 1981. She had a small role in the horror movie “Graduation Day” and also appeared in the movie “Looker”. She was hired as one of the three substitute hostesses for the show “Wheel of Fortune” in 1982. On December 13, 1982, Vanna became the show’s regular hostess and since then she remained the show’s main hostess. She was chosen out of 200 beautiful young women. She continues to co-host the evening version of the show with Pat Sajak. During her presence on “Wheel of Fortune,” she wore more than 6,700 different dresses. Though, she does not keep her wardrobe from the show, but borrows the outfits from various designers and returns them when the show is over.
On the May 24, 2013 “Wheel of Fortune” show, Vanna was given a Guinness World Record for the most frequent clapper, as she clapped a minimum of 3,480,864 times during those 30 seasons.
Vanna White was also present in other television shows such as “The A-Team”, “Just Shoot Me”, “The King of Queens” and “Married with Children”.
Vanna White sued Samsung Electronic company in 1993 for airing a commercial with a smiling robot that turned letters on a game show. Vanna claimed that her likeness was used without her approval. She was paid $403,000 in damages and won the lawsuit.
Wheel of Fortune personality Vanna White revealed that the May 1987 Playboy cover was done during a separate photo shoot she did while struggling as a model in Los Angeles. Once she became a co-host on the show, White said Hefner obtained the photos and aired them without her consent. So, she filed a $5.2 million lawsuit against Playboy, saying that those photos were never done for mass-media publication, and this ruined her image. Also, she sued Hugh Hefner personally.
On the other hand, Playboy said that Vanna White was aware that the magazine intended to publish the photos and in fact she wanted them to appear in the same period when her autobiographic book was in stores. Eventually, the lawsuit was dropped.
In the 1980s Vanna White was engaged to John Gibson, but unfortunately, he died in a plane crash in 1986, before they even got married.
In 1990 she married George Santo Pietro, a restaurant owner. Though, in 2002 they got divorced. They have two children together, a boy Nicholas born in 1994, and a girl, Giovanna born in 1997.
In the 2000s Vanna White purchased a house in Beverly Hills for $3.4. million. It is estimated that this residence is now worth around $10 million.
Also, in 2013 she bought a house in Sherman Oaks, California for $1.125 million. In 2020 she listed it for rent, for $20,000 per month.