A spinoff statistics page for Jeopardy!/Returning Champions/Unlimited Champ Rule and Jeopardy!/Records.

  • TW = Total Winnings

Season 1[edit | edit source]

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Elise Beraru October 1~5, 1984 $47,350 First-ever 5-day champ of Trebek era. Set a 1-day record of $23,800 during 3rd playing on October 3, 1984.
John Genova November 7~13, 1984 $50,595 First 5-time champion to win at least $50,000 overall. Earliest undefeated champ to compete in the Ultimate Tournament of Champions in 2005.

First-ever male 5-day champ of Trebek era.

Ric Moser December 7~13, 1984 $39,200
Larry Floyd December 17~21, 1984 $35,800
Jerry Frankel December 24~28, 1984 $32,650 Won the first Tournament of Champions in 1985.
Died of AIDS at age 34 on July 14, 1987.
Liz Caccese December 31~January 4, 1985 $34,500
John Hnat February 11~15, 1985 $37,100 Second game has single-player Final Jeopardy.
Paul Boymel January 18~24, 1985 $56,200 Fourth playing has co-champion.
First 5-time champion to win one game as co-champion.
Died at age 67 on July 30, 2014.
Paul Croshier January 25~31, 1985 $36,500 Other Shows:

Won $31,400 over six matches with his sister Margie on Blockbusters in February 1982.

Nathan Walpow May 24~30, 1985 $38,900 Other Shows:

Appeared on the M'ama Non M'ama "Man's Pilot" (also hosted by Alex Trebek), taped December 7, 1984.
Appeared on Merv Griffin's Crosswords in 2007.

Ron Black May 1985??? $47,401
Bruce Fauman February 28~March 6, 1985 $43,398 Died at age 59 on December 2, 2002.
Paula Tupper March 15~21, 1985 $34,298
Steve Rogitz March 22~28, 1985 $31,399 Other Shows:

Played on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? in August 1999, but never made it past Fastest Finger.

Michael "Mike" Day April 9~15, 1985 $53,500 Fourth game has single-player Final Jeopardy!
Utilized a strategy of continually jiggling the signaling button in order to ring in first on virtually every clue, which directly led to the signaling device lockout system being added at the start of Season 2.

Season 2[edit | edit source]

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Jay Rosenberg September 13~19, 1985 $49,600 Died at age 65 on February 21, 2002.
Chuck Forrest September 30~October 4, 1985 $72,800 Set a new winnings record after winning 5 games.
1986 Tournament of Champions winner.
Co-author of Secrets of the Jeopardy Champions with Mark Lowenthal.
Paul Rouffa February 4~10, 1986 $46,100 Other Shows:

Won $30,000 over five days on Scrabble in December 1987.
Appeared on Now You See It in June 1989.
Won $1,000 on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? on April 13, 2015.

Barbara Lowe March 6~12, 1986 ~$50,000 Declared ineligible due to competing under a false identity and competing on another game show in the probationary period, and was not invited to the Tournament of Champions. Then-producer Harry Eisenberg's book Jeopardy!: A Revealing Look Inside TV's Top Quiz Show noted that she "got her 50 grand" following an attempted lawsuit.

Her episodes have never been reaired, and only a clip of her second Final Jeopardy is known to circulate.

Other Shows:
Won over $50,000 on Bullseye, the show's all-time biggest winner.
Won $32,000 (as Barbara Vollick) on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? in early 2003.

Donald Burgo April 7~11, 1986 $26,180 Fourth playing has co-champ.
Gary Giardina June 2~6, 1986 $32,330

Season 3[edit | edit source]

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Dave Traini October 10~16, 1986 $54,502 First person to defeat Chuck Forrest, during the Super Jeopardy! quarterfinals on August 11, 1990.
Frank Hughes December 17~23, 1986 $30,900
Keith Bell January 2~8, 1987 $41,952 2nd playing has co-champ.
Keith Walker March 5~11, 1987 $40,700
John Ryan March 12~18, 1987 $61,800 1st playing has co-champ.
John Podhoretz March 19~25, 1987 $45,200
Richard Cordray April 21~27, 1987 $40,303 Appointed by President Obama as the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2012.

Played in Battle of the Decades, but declined $5,000 prize due to federal employment.

Eugene Finerman June 1~5, 1987 $57,902 First person to defeat Frank Spangenberg, during the Super Jeopardy! quarterfinals on June 23, 1990.
Bob Verini June 18~24, 1987 $46,802 1987 Tournament of Champions winner.

Season 4[edit | edit source]

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Roy Holliday September 21~25, 1987 $57,200
Richard Perez-Pena October 7~13, 1987 $40,300
Sandra Gore December 8~14, 1987 $53,507 First female finalist in the Tournament of Champions.
Leah Greenwald January 11~15, 1988 $58,802
Barbara-Anne Eddy February 1~5, 1988 $52,000 Other Shows:

Won $128,000 on The $128,000 Question (also hosted by Alex Trebek) in 1978, on the last episode of the series.

Steven Popper March 28~April 1, 1988 $55,600
Mark Lowenthal May 4~10, 1988 $49,901 1988 Tournament of Champions winner.
Co-author of Secrets of the Jeopardy Champions with Chuck Forrest.
5-game run interrupted by the Seniors Tournament.
Michael Rankins June 3~9, 1988 $52,098
Bruce Naegeli July 14~20, 1988 $64,200 Passed away on June 9, 2009 at the age of 65.

Season 5[edit | edit source]

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Mark McDermott December 7~13, 1988 $42,880 Other Shows:

Won $32,000 on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? on January 13, 2000. First player of the US version to lose on the $500,000 question.

Jeff Richmond December 23~29, 1988 $58,302
Cigus Vanni December 30, 1988~January 5, 1989 $40,400 Won $4K on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
Brian Wangsgard January 20~26, 1989 $62,398
Cathy Boggs June 16~22, 1989 $43,200

Season 6[edit | edit source]

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Bob Blake September 6~12, 1989 $82,501 First 5-time champ to win over $75K overall.

1990 Tournament of Champions winner.
Invited to the Battle of the Decades, but declined due to travel complications.
Top Canadian winner on Jeopardy!.

Larry McKnight September 15~21, 1989 $60,901 He got an illness and didn't participate in the UTOC.
Steven Berman October 24~30, 1989 $48,800
Lisa Guay November 21~27, 1989 $42,600
Jeff Bandman December 19~25, 1989 $44,501
Frank Spangenberg January 9~15, 1990 $102,597 First 5-time champion to win over $100K overall.

Set 1-day record of $30,600 during 5th playing on January 15, 1990.
Top regular games winner during pre-doubled era.
1993 Tenth Anniversary Tournament winner.
Only player to appear in all 5 "All-Time" tournaments (Super Jeopardy!, Tenth Anniversary, Million Dollar Masters, Ultimate Tournament of Champions, Battle of the Decades).

Erik Larsen February 21~27, 1990 $54,400
Elaine Zoliner March 2~8, 1990 $52,800 Final playing has Co-champ.
Andrew Bernknopf March 23~29, 1990 $34,200
Eric Terzuolo June 15~21, 1990 $64,302
Dan Katz June 25~29, 1990 $48,803

Season 7[edit | edit source]

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Jim Scott September 25~October 1, 1990 $49,300 1991 Tournament of Champions winner.

Final playing has co-champ.
Youngest Tournament of Champions Winner.

Steve Robin November 20~26, 1990 $51,901
Bruce Ikawa November 30~December 6, 1990 $80,699
John LeDonne December 7~13 1990 $55,200
Lynne Wexler January 23~29, 1991 $70,351
Leslie Frates February 1~7, 1991 $56,099
Tom Halpern March 22~28, 1991 $63,602
Mark Born June 20~26 1991 $82,899

Season 8[edit | edit source]

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Steve Newman September 4~10, 1991 $75,502
Leszek Pawlowicz October 10~16, 1991 $75,400 1992 Tournament of Champions winner.

Was Lyn Payne's and Bob Harris' Phone-a-Friend on Millionaire.

Kirk Ditzler November 25~29, 1991 $43,801 Died of cancer on August 25, 1998.
India Cooper December 16~20, 1991 $68,400 Died on May 17, 2020 at age 67 after a short battle with esophageal cancer.
Dave Willis January 24~30, 1992 $58,001
Frank Epstein February 5~11, 1992 $73,400
Phil Yellman March 13~19, 1992 $60,400
Robert Slaven March 24~30, 1992 $53,202
Jerome Vered May 18~22, 1992 $96,801 Set 1-day record of $34,000 during fourth playing on May 21, 1992.

1-day record holder during pre-doubled era.
Finished 3rd in both the 1992 TOC and the UTOC.

Richard Kaplan June 4~10, 1992 $73,202 Died of AIDS on November 14, 1993.
John Kelly June 1992 $84,701

Season 9[edit | edit source]

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Leslie Shannon Miller October 8~14, 1992 $64,300 Did not participate in Ultimate Tournament of Champions due to pregnancy.
Tom Nosek November 3~6, 23, 1992 $65,640 1993 Tournament of Champions winner.

5-game run interrupted by 1992 Tournament of Champions.

Dennis Donohue December 2~8, 1992 $64,298
Diane Siegel January 25~29, 1993 $65,479
Bev Schwartzberg April 30, May 17~20, 1993 $65,900 Fourth playing has co-champ.

5-game run interrupted by College Tournament.

Al Lin June 10~16, 1993 $58,903 Fourth playing has co-champ.
Ed Schiffer July 5~9, 1993 $65,903

Season 10[edit | edit source]

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Brian Moore September 7~13, 1993 $62,002
David Venderbush October 1993 $50,800
John Cuthbertson right after Brian Moore run. $82,400 Won $32K on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
Jean Grewe December 20~24, 1993 $62,801
Kurt Bray January 3~7, 1994 $51,100
Tom Nichols January 31~February 3, October 10, 1994 $57,950 Originally lost 5th playing on February 4, 1994, invited back because of "clue discrepancy" on October 10, 1994.
Amy Fine March 11~17 1994 $72,803 Final playing has co-champ.

Top female regular games winner in the pre-doubled era.

Steve Chernicoff July 7~8, September 5~7, 1994 $83,902 Also appeared for Princeton University in the College Bowl.

Season 11[edit | edit source]

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Bill Pitassy October 24~28, 1994 $72,702
Jim Morgan January 13~19, 1995 $41,899
Jonathan Groff March 14~20 1995 $60,500 Final playing has Co-champ.
Bruce Borchardt March 27~31, 1995 $54,099
David Siegel June 27~July 3, 1995 $86,200

Season 12[edit | edit source]

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Paul Thompson October 13~19, 1995 $72,199
Michael Daunt November 30~December 6, 1995 $64,198 He also competed in the 1997 International Tournament outside of North America and won.
Brad Plovan December 11~15, 1995 $61,401
Bill Dickenson January 16~22, 1996 $48,401
Bill Sloan January 29~February 2, 1996 $62,800
Bob Scarpone February 8~9, February 26~28, 1996 $42,401 5-game run was interrupted by College Tournament.

Won $30,000 on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
Was Bernie Cullen's Phone-a-Friend on Millionaire.

David Sampugnaro April 1~5, 1996 $72,101
Michael Dupée April 9~15, 1996 $66,401 First playing has co-champ.

He also won the 1996 Tournament of Champions, and later wrote a book about his experience on the show, How to Get On Jeopardy! And Win.

Season 13[edit | edit source]

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Bernie Cullen Septmber 2~6, 1996 $63,102 Won $1M on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Before that, he calls Bob Scarpone on that same show.
Paul Gutowski January 10~16, 1997 $51,301
Grace Veach February 17~21, 1997 $51,601
Arthur Phillips June 10~16, 1997 $63,003
Dan Melia July 18, September 1~4, 1997 $75,600 Played his 1st game on the last episode of season 13

Played his last 4 games to start the 14th season
Faced a Co-champ on his 3rd playing during season 14.
1998 Tournament of Champions winner.

Season 14[edit | edit source]

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Fred Ramen September 5~11, 1997 $61,000 First playing has co-champ.

Transitioned gender to female in 2008 and is now known as Catherine.

Bob Harris October 31, November 21~27, 1997 $58,000 Author of Prisoner of Trebekistan: A Decade in Jeopardy!

5-game run interrupted by the Teen Tournament and Power Players Week.

J.J. Todor February 17~23, 1998 $29,021
Chris Ward February 24~27, March 3, 1998 $63,301
Pat Healy March 31~April 6, 1998 $66,604
Lara Robillard May 26~June 1, 1998 $59,500
Dave Abbott June 16~22, 1998 $68,599 1999 Tournament of Champions winner.
Dan Girard July 3~9, 1998 $37,800 Faced a Co-champ on his first and final playings.

The last retired 5-time champion to win one game as co-champ.

Season 15[edit | edit source]

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Lance Johnson September 16~22, 1998 $51,301
Andrew Maly November 30~December 4, 1998 $44,100
James Arey December 15~21, 1998 $42,802
Helen Petroff April 14~20, 1999 $43,000
Michael Rooney April 28~30, May 24~25, 1999 $50,201 5-game run was interrupted by College Tournament and Celebrity Tournament.
Terry Currin June 21~25, 1999 $40,598

Season 16[edit | edit source]

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Steve Fried September 27~October 1, 1999 $45,200
Eddie Timanus October 20~26, 1999 $69,700 Passed the Jeopardy! test despite the fact that he was blind.
Darlene Lieblich December 10~16, 1999 $35,197
Jack Archey December 28, 1999~January 4, 2000 $51,302
Lee Lassiter January 25~31, 2000 $54,599
Jeremy Bate February 4, 21~24, 2000 $55,000 5 game run was interrupted by College Tournament.

Alternate in Million Dollar Masters.

Robin Carroll March 13~17, 2000 $64,100 2000 Tournament of Champions Winner.

Won the 2001 International Championship in Las Vegas.

Mike Blumenfeld April 7~13, 2000 $44,400
Doug Lach July 6~12, 2000 $85,400
Tad Carithers July 14~20, 2000 $60,400

Season 17[edit | edit source]

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Michelle Clum September 13~19, 2000 $50,200 The last retired female 5-time champion.
Andrew Garen September 20~26, 2000 $56,100
Brad Rutter October 30~November 3, 2000 $55,102 Current all-time champion.

2001 Tournament of Champions winner.
2002 Million Dollar Masters Tournament winner.
2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions winner.
Faced off with Watson and Ken Jennings in the IBM challenge. 2014 Battle of the Decades Tournament winner.
2019 All-Star Games winner (with David Madden & Larissa Kelly)
Faced off in Greatest of All-Time tournament with Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer.

Michael Arnone January 9~15, 2001 $54,499
Rick Knutsen March 6~12, 2001 $57,300
Bob Fleenor March 28~April 3, 2001 $55,700
Ryan Moore April 4~10, 2001 $39,800
Larry Cloud April 12~18, 2001 $66,100
Babu Srinivasan May 16~22, 2001 $75,100
Mark Eckard June 8~14, 2001 $69,600 Died October 2, 2017 at age 60.
Lan Djang June 20~26, 2001 $51,100
Kevin Keach June 27~July 3, 2001 $50,703
Alan Bailey July 12~18, 2001 $61,501

Season 18[edit | edit source]

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Mark Dawson September 14~20, 2001 $52,599 2003 Tournament of Champions winner.

He was a contestant on Classic Concentration from March 3, 1988 during Game 2.

Trevor Norris November 5~6, 21~23, 2001 $54,604 Last 5-time Champ before clue values were doubled on 11/26/2001.
Ben Tritle May 16~22, 2002 $78,600 Longest gap between 5-time champs under the "5-time Champ Rule" (101 games).

Season 19[edit | edit source]

Name Aired Date TW Notes
Mark Brown October 3~9, 2002 $68,094 Died on January 23, 2013 at age 48.
Travis Troyer February 18~24, 2003 $83,100
Brian Weikle April 10~16, 2003 $149,200 Sets new one-day record with $52,000 in his third game.

Retired 5-day Champ highest total winning.

John Beck June 13~19, 2003 $117,099 The last retired 5-time champion.

Each Season 5-Day Winner Record[edit | edit source]

Season Male Female Total
1 12 3 15
2 5 1 6
3 9 0 9
4 6 3 9
5 4 1 5
6 9 2 11
7 6 2 8
8 10 1 11
9 4 3 7
10 6 2 8
11 5 0 5
12 8 0 8
13 3 2 5
14 7 1 8
15 5 1 6
16 8 2 10
17 12 1 13
18 3 0 3
19 4 0 4
Total 126 25 151
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