Who is Jean Currivan Trebek?

Jean Currivan was born on 3 September 1963, in Huntington, New York State, USA, and is a realtor as well as a businesswoman, but perhaps better known for being the wife of television personality Alex Trebek. Her husband is a star for being the host of the syndicated game show “Jeopardy!” since its revival in 1984.

The Net Worth of Jean Currivan Trebek

How rich is Jean Currivan Trebek? As of early 2020, sources estimate a net worth that is over $2 million, earned through success in her various endeavors.

Of course she is no doubt supported by her husband, who has an estimated net worth of over $50, million with a reputed annual income of over $10 million, but as she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her personal wealth will also continue to increase.

Early Life, Education, and Career

There is very limited information when it comes Jean Currivan’s life as she has remained a private person despite her association to Alex. No details have been revealed about her family and childhood, but it’s known that she attended Harborfields High School in Greenlawn, New York State, which serves several areas including her hometown of Huntington.

In 2011, the school was ranked 88th among the top 1300 high schools in the US, and was featured in the documentary entitled “Mariah Carey’s Homecoming”, as she is one of their alumni. It is not known if Jean pursued college education after matriculating, or went straight into the real estate business – details about her career endeavors are scarce. She is very dedicated in attending the North Hollywood Church of Religious Science, and holds dearly to their beliefs.

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Husband – Alex Trebek

Alex is of Ukrainian and Franco-Ontarian descent, being born 22 July 1940 in Sudbury, Ontario Canada, and growing-up in a bilingual French-English household. He is a graduate of the University of Ottawa, with a degree in philosophy. During his time as a university student, he was highly interested in a career in broadcast news, and started working while still a student, mostly the night shift. He took on every opportunity, including announcing, news reading and covering events. His first professional opportunity after college was in the Canadian program “Music Hop”, and the quiz show “Reach for the Top”.

He gained numerous hosting projects from the company CBC, and in 1969 became the host of the week day show “Strategy”. During the early 1970s he moved to the US, and was hired by NBC to work on the game show called ‘The Wizard of Odds”. This continued in a string of game show hosting projects, including “High Rolls”, “Double Dare”, and the syndicated “The $128,000 Question” which was recorded in Toronto. He became one of the two hosts to emcee shows both in Canada and the US, joining Jim Perry.

Alex Trebek

He also made several guest appearances as a player and panelist, in shows such as “Card Sharks”, “The Magnificent Marble Machine”, and “To Say the Least”.

Jeopardy! And Latter Career – Alex Trebek

After several failed game show projects, Alex was invited to shoot for a revival of “Jeopardy!” He recorded two pilots, and it sold, leading him to become the host of the 1984 revival, and he has been with the show ever since. The game show is a quiz competition in which contestants are presented with general knowledge clues, and must phrase their responses in the form of questions.

The show has aired over 8,000 episodes and has won a record 33 Daytime Emmy Awards as well as a Peabody Award. In 2014, he broke the world record for most episodes as a game show host. It is considered one of the greatest shows in American television history, and has spawned adaptations in other countries.

While working in the show, Alex has had acting projects too, appearing in several popular shows. He was a guest in the third season of “The X-Files”, and also made a guest appearance in “How I Met Your Mother”. A few of his latest side projects include becoming a panelist on “To Tell the Truth”, and moderating the debate of the Pennsylvania governor’s election race in 2018, which attracted controversy due to his apparently unnecessary commentary.

Personal Life and Social Media

For her personal life, Jean is not Trebek’s first wife, as he was married to businesswoman Elaine Callei that ended in divorce in 1981. Currivan married Trebek in 1990 – he proposed to her on her 26th birthday, and she was initially dubious due to their age difference, but has subsequently had a successful married life despite the initial concerns. The couple has two children, and previously resided on a ranch in Creston, California where her husband trained and bred thoroughbred race horses.

However, they sold the property in 2008 and it is now an event center.

One of the reasons there is very limited information about her is due to the lack of any strong online presence, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. In doing so, she maintains her privacy as well as that of her children, preferring to support her husband from the background. She has appeared with him numerous times during red carpet events, which are the only few times they’ve been seen together in public.

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