The third season of The Chase returned on ABC on 3 May 2022 and it introduced new trivia deities to defeat: Victoria “The Queen” Groce, Brandon “The Lightning Bolt” Blackwell, and Buzzy “The Stunner” Cohen. The new Jeopardy! also made sure to include some of its old gems. Yes, it’s the chasers Brad “The Buzzsaw” Rutter and James “The High Roller” Holzhauer who are returning as historic Jeopardy! champions.
Unlike the previous seasons, the upcoming season will see Ken Jennings (who now co-hosts the drivetime quizzer) and Mark “The Beast” Labbett (who has since joined GSN’s Master Minds) stepping down from the Chaser panel. Instead, the show will have three new additions – Victoria Groce, Brandon Blackwell, and Buzzy Cohen.
Now, in the rest of the writing, we shall now tell you about Melissa Holzhauer, one of the new season’s returning James Holzhauer’s wife.
Meet Melissa Holzhauer, James Holzhauer Wife
Melissa Holzhauer has been James Holzhauer’s wife as of the 8th of September in 2012. And Jeopardy! viewers have also seen her witness her husband shatter the show’s records, winning more than $1 million since starting his run on the show in early April 2019.
Viewers also have seen James use their wedding anniversary as a ‘Jeopardy’ wager multiple times. Then, of course, there was also one time when he paid tribute to his daughter, using her birthday, 9 November 2014, during his record-breaking game.
Then, the chaser also once told The Naperville Sun that family will always be more important to him than money or winning on Jeopardy!. He said the bets were therefore fun and an unconventional way for him to show them that.
Other than the ‘Jeopardy’ tales Melissa and James continued to live in Las Vegas as of 2022. And joining them in this life they have built together is also their daughter (born on 9 November 2014).
So, it looks like a beautiful life that Melissa leads with her family. Often on social media, one can see her writing proud thoughts about her husband. She says things like she is very proud of her “handsome devil James Holzhauer”; that she is proud of his perseverance, and how he did not give up when setbacks delayed him from achieving his dreams; that she is proud of his determination and the unwavering focus with which he prepared for and fulfilled his goals. However, there also have been moments in the past, when James’s risky betting career worried her.
Melissa Holzhauer Age
Melissa Holzhauer was born in 1981. So, she reached the age of 40 in 2021. As for her husband, he turned 37 on 1 July 2021.
Melissa Holzhauer Job
As per LinkedIn, Melissa Holzhauer has been teaching and tutoring for many years. She also writes about how her experiences range from training adult volunteers on how to safely remove lead paint to teaching kindergarten in Thailand. She has tutored graduate and undergraduate students in Greek and Latin as well as taught Greek Mythology. And most recently, she tutored high school students one-on-one for the ACT.
Further, on the internet, Melissa presses that she is also passionate about translation as she studied Master of Arts (M.A.), Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics at Brown University from 2009 through 2012.
And before that, from 2006 to 2009, Melissa had gone to the University of Washington for a B.A. in Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
How Much Is Melissa Holzhauer’s Net Worth?
Melissa Holzhauer had less than $1 million net worth as of 2022. A part of this must be the $28,800 she won during her appearance on the twelfth season of the U.S. version of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire. She had won this amount after walking away on her ninth question. This happened in 2014 and even before that, before she and James were married, they both had participated in the World Quizzing Championships in 2012. And as per IMDB, Melissa has also made it to Jeopardy! episodes.
While her husband, so far over his 33 appearances on Jeopardy! was said to have won $2,464,216.
Not to miss, the Holzhauers have also donated some part of this money to a Las Vegas Museum.
Melissa Holzhauer Family
The family members that we know of Melissa Holzhauer other than her husband and daughter is this woman named Jo Sassin; who according to her Facebook, hails from Walled Lake, Michigan, and is now based in Canton, Michigan. She also worked at Cas Bar and went to Walled Lake Central; and her in-laws. Melissa’s father-in-law was a German immigrant.
Also, Melissa’s grandmother-in-law (James’s grandmother) was Japanese and spoke very little English. James had promised her that he would appear on Jeopardy! before she died.
Melissa Holzhauer Height
Melissa Holzhauer stands below 5’3” tall in height.
Is Melissa Holzhauer On Instagram?
Melissa Holzhauer did not seem to be on Instagram as of 2022. Still, she did share glimpses of her life on ‘Melissa Holzhauer’ Facebook from time to time.
When Is Melissa Holzhauer’s Birthday?
Melissa Holzhauer’s birthday is on the 31st of October, making her a Scorpio.
Where Is Melissa Holzhauer From?
Michigan native Melissa Holzhauer was based in Las Vegas, Nevada as of 2022. She also seemed to have lived in Seattle, Washington.
What Is Melissa Holzhauer Maiden Name?
Melissa Holzhauer’s maiden name is Melissa Ann Sassin.