Julia Collins is Jeopardy's Winningest Woman

Julia Collins surpasses Arthur Chu, is Jeopardy’s Winningest Woman

May 23, 2014 - Extra

Arthur Chu barely had enough time to reflect on his 15-minutes of fame before another Jeopardy champ started steamrolling the competition and breaking records.

Chu has been surpassed by Julia Collins, who quickly leapfrogged Chu in total wins and as after the May 30th episode, she overtook Dave Madden for #2 most wins all-time with 20 consecutive wins. This was just over two months after Chu’s divisive run on — no doubt one of the most popular stretches for the trivia game show.


At 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 wins and still going strong, Collins became Jeopardy’s most winningest woman (“winningest” is a very funny word to say and type), demolishing former lady champions Larissa Kelly in total winnings ($223,597) and Stephanie Jass in total wins (7).

Top Jeopardy Earnings (Total Winnings)

Rank Contestant Total Winnings
1 Ken Jennings $ 2,520,700
2 Dave Madden $ 430,400
3 Julia Collins $ 428,100
4 Arthur Chu $ 298,200
5 Tom Nissley $ 235,405
6 Roger Craig $ 230,200
7 Larissa Kelly $ 223,597
8 Jason Keller $ 213,900
9 Joon Pahk $ 199,000
10 Tom Walsh $ 184,900
11 Ben Ingram $ 176,534

If Collins gets one more win, it’s likely she’ll usurp Chu for 3rd place on Jeopardy’s total winnings list.

Jeopardy Champions List (by Wins)

Rank Contestant Win
1 Ken Jennings 74 wins
2 Julia Collins 20 wins
3 Dave Madden 19 wins
4 Arthur Chu 11 wins
5 Jason Keller 9 wins
5 Dan Pawson 9
6 Ben Ingram 8 wins
6 Tom Nissley 8
6 Tom Kavanaugh 8
7 Jason Keller 7 wins
7 Joon Pahk 7
7 Justin Bernbach 7
7 Tom Walsh 7
7 Stephanie Jass 7
7 Keith Whitener 7

Though she’s moving up the Jeopardy Champions List and surpassing Kelley and Chu, when looking at EPW (Earnings Per Win), Collins is near the bottom of the list when looking at the most winningest players in terms of earnings and wins (those with >5 wins*). Hey, I’m not hating at all; money is money, I am just providing you the data.

Highest Earnings Per Win (EPW)

Rank Contestant Total Winnings Games EPW
1 Roger Craig $230,200 6 $38,366.67
2 Larissa Kelly $222,597 6 $37,099.50
3 Ken Jennings $2,520,700 74 $34,063.51
4 Tom Nissley $235,405 8 $29,425.63
5 Joon Pahk $199,000 7 $28,428.57
6 Arthur Chu $298,200 11 $27,109.09
7 Tom Walsh $184,900 7 $26,414.29
8 Jason Zollinger $148,404 6 $24,734.00
9 Jason Keller $213,900 9 $23,766.67
10 Dave Madden $430,400 19 $22,652.63
11 Justin Berbach $155,001 7 $22,143.00
12 Ben Ingram $176,534 8 $22,066.75
13 Julia Collins $372,700 20 $21,405.00
14 Keith Whitener $147,597 7 $21,085.29
15 Stephanie Jass $147,570 7 $21,081.43
16 Dan Pawson $170,902 9 $18,989.11
17 Tom Kavanaugh $142,602 8 $17,825.25

* We chose contestants with 5+ wins to separate them from the pre-Alex Trebek Jeopardy which had a 5-game limit for returning champions.[3162]

This post was written by Stuart Leung on May 23, 2014. Follow follow follow on Twitter or Instagram. 

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