Brad Rutter

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Brad Rutter
Bradford Gates Rutter

(1978-01-31) January 31, 1978 (age 46)
EducationManheim Township High School
Alma materJohns Hopkins University (did not graduate)
Known forHighest-earning Jeopardy! contestant (US$5,053,436)
2nd Highest-earning American game show contestant (US$5,153,436), behind Ken Jennings

Bradford Gates "Brad" Rutter (born January 31, 1978) is the highest winner on the American television game show Jeopardy!, and the 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,[1] the Million Dollar Masters tournament in 2002,[2] the Jeopardy! Ultimate Tournament of Champions in 2005, and the Jeopardy! Battle of the Decades in 2014[3] His win in the Ultimate Tournament of Champions made him the highest winner on a game show. This was later beaten by Ken Jennings in 2007 when Jennings won $500,000 on Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?. However, Rutter reclaimed the record after he won the Battle of the Decades tournament.

In February 2011, Rutter played against Jennings and an artificial intelligence computer called Watson.[4] Rutter came in third place, losing to Watson. He won $200,000 for placing in third place.

In January 2020, Rutter played against Jennings and James Holzhauer in Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time. The event was won by Jennings and Rutter finished in third place.

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: on December 1, 2006, December 8, 2006, December 15, 2006, and February 9, 2007. In 2007, he appeared on the game show Grand Slam. He lost to Who Wants to Be a Millionaire contestant Ogi Ogas 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.

References[change | change source]

  1. Cindy Stauffer. "Manheim Twp. man back in 'Jeopardy!' in Million Dollar Masters Tournament". Lancaster New Era. May 1, 2002. B4
  2. Bill Toland. "A: He beat the best. Q: Who is Brad Rutter?" Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette. May 27, 2005. A1.
  3. Alfred Lubrano (June 12, 2005). "Quiz-show whiz has stopped coasting". Baltimore Sun. Archived from the original on 2012-07-29. Retrieved 2010-10-09. The 27-year-old Johns Hopkins University dropout and former record-store worker beat quiz-show legend Ken Jennings on Jeopardy! Ultimate Tournament of Champions on May 25, winning $2 million. Add that to the Jeopardy! booty he has scored since he first played the game in 2000, and his total is $3,255,102, making Rutter the biggest TV game-show winner in history, according to the show's people.
  4. Markoff, John (2010-12-16). "On 'Jeopardy,' Watson's a Natural". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-12-16.

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Preceded by
Robin Carroll
Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions winner
Succeeded by
Mark Dawson
Preceded by
Bruce Seymour
Ken Jennings
All-time Jeopardy! champion
Succeeded by
Ken Jennings
Preceded by
Ken Jennings
Ken Jennings
All-time American game show winnings leader
Succeeded by
Ken Jennings
Ken Jennings
Preceded by
Mark Dawson
2003 Tournament of Champions
Highest cumulative Jeopardy! tournament finals total
Ultimate Tournament of Champions

Succeeded by
Rachel Rothenberg
2009 Teen Tournament