Jeopardy Contestant Leonard Cooper: His Wiki & Family Life Explored

Leonard Cooper is known for his appearance on the longest-running quiz game show, Jeopardy! He is the winner of the 2013 Jeopardy Teen Tournament.

Moreover, he became the finalist in the tournament by rule as having the highest nonwinning semifinal score after the second semifinal game ended without a winner. Eventually, he bagged a whooping prize of $75,000.

In 2019, he returned to the show to compete in the 2019 All-Star Games. He was a member of the wildcard-match 2nd-place Team Austin.

Cooper is now invited to compete in the first-ever Jeopardy! Invitational Tournament 2024. For its first season, the tournament will invite champions and memorable participants from the past to compete once again.

Likewise, the two prizes will be a $100,000 grand prize and an invitation to compete in the “Jeopardy! Masters” 2024. Contestants will compete in nine quarterfinal games, three semifinals, and a best-of-four finals series: the first champion to win two games will be crowned the first-ever Jeopardy! Invitational Tournament champion.


Leonard Cooper will compete against Jason Zuffranieri and Larissa Kelly in the first episode of first-ever Jeopardy! Invitational Tournament 2024. (Source: Jeopardy.com)

On the first episode on 21 March 2024, Leonard will compete against two former contestants; Jason Zuffranieri, a math teacher from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Larissa Kelly, a writer and academic from El Cerrito, California.

Jason a Season 35/36 19-game champion and 2021 Tournament of Champions semifinalist. Similarly, Larissa is a six-game champion of Season 24, 2009 Tournament of Champions first runner-up. She also participated in the Battle of the Decades and was an All-Star Games winner (as part of Team Brad).

Learn about the Jeopardy contestant Leonard Cooper which includes his wiki, age, parents, family background, dating status, and personal life details below.

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Leonard Cooper Wiki, Age & Education

Leonard Cooper is 28 years of age now. He was born Leonard William Cooper in the year 1996 and his birthday falls on 12 February which makes his birth sign Aquarius.

Moreover, he was 16 years old when he first participated in the Jeopardy teen tournament. He was the only Teen Tournament champion and the youngest player picked to compete.

A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, United States, he has American nationality. He pursued his high school education at eStem Public High Charter School, graduating in 2013. At high school, he was the captain of the eStem Quiz Bowl team and played weekly trivia at local pizza joints.

Cooper then went to Brown University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. From the same college, he earned a Master of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Biochemistry. He is now pursuing a Doctor of Psychology from Columbia University.

While at Brown University, he played intramural basketball and was a member of the College Bowl/Quiz Bowl team, the Poker Club, and the eSports team. Additionally, he was a lead guitarist of the band named Interabang.

Leonard Cooper Family: Meet His Parents

Leonard Cooper was raised by his mother Judith Cooper in Little Rock, Arkansas. His mother Judy is a clinical research coordinator at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science.

The Jeopardy contestant’s mother raised him on her own. She says that he hates public speaking, and she can’t recall ever hearing him raise his voice. He learned to read at the age of 2 and his interest in paleontology began at 3. 

The youngest in the family, Cooper is accompanied by an older brother named George Cooper. His parents named him after the son of Sheldon Cooper in the CBS Sitcom, The Big Bang Theory.

Leonard Cooper Dating Status: Does He Have A Girlfriend?

Leonard has kept his dating status private. He has not shared details regarding his love life to the media.

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The 28-year-old prefers to keep his life low-key. Therefore, not much is known regarding his personal life. He enjoys music and eSports and loves to participate in trivia games.

Cooper says that he usually stays pretty quiet and just chill, trying to be as normal and calm as possible. Likewise, he is open to advice about new approaches, though, since he’s not sure this one is working.