James Holzhauer

Holzhauer in 2020, photo by DFree

Place of Birth: Naperville, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 23, 1984

Ethnicity: German, Japanese

James Holzhauer is an American game show contestant and professional sports gambler. He is known for his run on Jeopardy!, where his record now stands, as the fourth-most consecutive number of games won, and the second-highest amount of prize money, in regular-season play. Ken Jennings, at #1 on both counts, and Matt Amodio, at #3 and #2, respectively, comprise the rest of the top three contestants.

James also won the subsequent Tournament of Champions.

His father, Juergen Holzhauer, is a German immigrant. His mother, Nachiko Ide, is Japanese.

4 Responses

  1. saitama says:

    He said his grandmother was from Japan and spoke almost no English. His mother’s name, both first and last, is Japanese, so that would make him half-Japanese. I read that he has a stepmother.

  2. Oaken05 says:

    I’ve only ever seen it mentioned that his maternal grandmother is Japanese. It may be that his mother is full Japanese, but I haven’t ever seen that reported.

    • follers says:

      Holzhauer mentioned on one Jeopardy! episode that his grandmother came over from Japan to live with him during his childhood, and that’s where that notation comes from.

      His mother’s name sounds pretty Japanese.

      • Oaken05 says:

        I agree, but it is also entirely possible that she has a non-Japanese parent. That’s all I’m saying. Just seems weird he’d mention his grandmother constantly as being Japanese if his mother was fully Japanese, too.

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