After a long and lucrative TV career, much-loved Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek is estimated to be worth some $50 million. But Trebek wasn’t someone born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Far from it. Everything he has, he’s worked for himself. But his fairytale rise from rags to riches now has a dark shadow hanging over it.
George Alexander Trebek was born in 1940 in the city of Sudbury in Canada’s Ontario Province. His father, also called George, emigrated from the Ukraine to Canada while still a child and worked as a chef. His mother, Lucille Lagacé, was a French-speaking Canadian, so the Trebek home was bilingual. Trebek’s father helped his 13-year-old son to get his first job as a bellhop in the same hotel where he worked in the kitchen.