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Vanna White Net Worth 2021: Age, Height, Wiki, & Bio.

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Vanna White Net Worth @officialvannawhite

Vanna White Net Worth: Vanna White is an American television personality, model, and actress best known for her role in “Wheel of Fortune.” Vanna White has a net worth of $70 million dollars.

 

NameVanna White
Net Worth$70 Million
Date of Birth:Feb 18, 1957 (64 years old)
Born:Conway, South Carolina
Height:5 ft 5 in (1.67 m)
Profession:Presenter,  Actress
Nationality:American
Marital Status:Divorced
Last Updated:2021

 

 

Early Life of Vanna White

Vanna Marie Rosich was born on February 18, 1957, Conway, South Carolina. Vanna White’s parents Joan and Miguel Rosich divorced when she was a child. Joan remarried to a man named Herbert White, where Vanna eventually took on Herbert’s last name, White.

Vanna White was raised in North Myrtle Beach and eventually graduated from North Myrtle Beach High School. Vanna then moved to Atlanta to attend the Atlanta School of Fashion and Design.

Vanna married restaurant owner George Santo Pietro in December 1990. Santo Pietro was born to a wealthy family in Beverly Hills and has a success of his own in the restaurant business.

 

Vanna White Career

During college, Vanna White was a contestant in the 1978 pageant for Miss Georgia USA. In 1979, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. In June 1980, she was a contestant on “The Price is Right.” After her initial success, she was chosen to be the co-host on The Wheel of Fortune Show alongside Summer Bartholomew and Vicki McCarty. She beat out more than 200 other young women for the job. White continues to co-host the evening version of the show along with Pat Sajak.

 

Vanna White Personal Life

In December 1990, Vanna married restaurant owner George Santo Pietro. Santo Pietro was born in Beverly Hills to a wealthy family. In the early 1980s, he opened his first restaurant. He then opened a popular sushi restaurant named Sushi-Ko, which became a celebrity hangout. They had two children together: Nicholas, born in 1994, and Giovanna, nicknamed Gigi, born in 1997. In November 2002, White and Santo Pietro divorced.

When she was five years old, her grandmother taught her how to crochet. She still enjoys this hobby to this day. She was approached by Lion Brand Yarns after discussing her love of crocheting on the “Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” The company hired her to design her own line of yarns, Vanna’s Choice.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a charity that White supports. She has contributed $1.8 million to St. Jude’s so far. She intends to continue her charitable work after she retires from “Wheel of Fortune.”

 

Vanna White Net Worth from Lawsuits

 

Playboy Lawsuit

At the same time, 30 years of success and wealth has not been without its challenges.  To the surprise of middle America, Vanna featured in Playboy Magazine in 1987.  The pictures were originally taken in 1982, a few months before she got the Wheel job, by a photographer who had nothing to do with Playboy. The  photographer sold the images to Hugh Hefner and Playboy five years later.

Vanna sued Playboy for $5.2 million after the images were released, alleging that they were never intended for mass publication and that publishing them would “tarnish her reputation as a respectable, wholesome, beautiful, and innocent all-American teen.” She also went after Hefner personally. According to Playboy, Vanna was aware of the magazine’s plans to publish the images and simply intended them to be released at the same time her autobiography was released in bookstores. The suit was subsequently dismissed.

The 60-year-old beauty told Fox News earlier this week that posing in Playboy is one of her greatest life regrets.

Sony Lawsuit

Vanna successfully sued Samsung Electronics Corporation over an advertisement in 1993, after the company aired a commercial featuring a smiling robot turning letters on a game show. White said that the organization was using her image without her permission. Vanna miraculously won the case after many appeals and was paid $403,000 in damages.

Vanna White Net Worth: $70 Million

As of 2021, Vanna White’s net worth is around $70 Million. As a host of Wheel of Fortune, she would receive compensation of up to $8 million annually. She may also have won undisclosed settlement amounts in various lawsuits she was in (Playboy and Sony lawsuits). Her current salary is approximately $10 million per year. Vanna White also has great interest in real estate where she flips homes and makes additional income selling property.

 

[Images via Official Vanna White/Instagram]

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