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Brad Rutter
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Name: Brad Rutter
Born: January 31, 1978
Occupation: network administrator
Years active: 2000-present
Known for: His appearances on Jeopardy!


Bradford Gates Rutter (born January 31, 1978) is the highest winner on the American television game show Jeopardy! and the second-highest winner on a game show.


Rutter became a five-time champion on Jeopardy! in 2000. He later won four tournaments: the Tournament of Champions in 2001, the Million Dollar Masters tournament in 2002, the Jeopardy! Ultimate Tournament of Champions in 2005, and the Jeopardy! 2014 Battle of the Decades Tournament. His win in the Ultimate Tournament of Champions made him the highest winner on a game show. He was later beaten by Ken Jennings in 2007 when Jennings won $500,000 on Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?. But, Rutter retained his game show record after winning the Battle of the Decades Tournament.

In February 2011, Rutter played against Jennings and an artificial intelligence computer called Watson. Rutter came in third place, losing to Watson. He won $200,000 for placing in third place. Even though it was his first defeat, Rutter was still never beaten by a human opponent in 20 games; it didn't count towards show records as the Jeopardy! IBM Challenge was declared an exhibition match. He also won the Jeopardy! All-Star Games in 2019 alongside teammates Larissa Kelly and David Madden. In January 2020, Rutter, Jennings, and James Holzhauer competed for $1,000,000 in the Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time tournament, which aired on primetime on ABC. It happened to be his first defeat to a human opponent as Jennings won the event and took home the top prize. In addition, Jennings reclaimed the record for the highest money winner on a game show.

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In addition to Jeopardy!, Rutter also appeared on the game show 1 vs. 100 as part of the show's "mob." He played four times: December 1, 2006, December 8, 2006, December 15, 2006, and February 9, 2007. In 2007, he appeared on the game show Grand Slam. Brad lost to Ogi Ogas (a Who Wants To Be A Millionaire contestant) in the second round. In 2011, he appeared as part of a six-person team on the game show Million Dollar Mind Game. His team won $600,000.

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