Michael Menkhus Wikipedia: The Jeopardy Contestant’s Family & Personal Life Explored

Michael Menkhus is a data analyst from Kansas City, Missouri. He is a Jeopardy contestant who is competing on the 40th season of the longest running quiz game show.

Well, Jeopardy is inviting old contestants instead of new ones in their currently airing season due to the WGA strike changes. He is now a one of the contestants of the Jeopardy! Champions Wildcard tournament.

Menkhus has now reached the final of the tournament from Group 1. He won the last semifinal match of the group which aired on 31 January 2024.

There, he faced two previous season champions Ron Cheung, an Economics professor from Lakewood, Ohio and Erin Portman, a High School English Teacher from Naperville, Illinois. He emerged as the winner of the episode leading in all rounds and had total winnings of $17,800.

On the Group 1 final of the ongoing tournament, he will face Juveria Zaheer, a psychiatrist from Whitby, Ontario, Canada, and Andy Tirrell, a political science and international relations professor from San Diego, California.

Michael made his first appearance on Jeopardy!, competing on the 39th season of the show in 2022. Eventually, he became a winner of the 22 and 23 September episode. He had total winnings of $48,402 + $2,000 on that season.

So will, Michael Menkhus be able to win the two grand finales of Group 1 on 1 and 2 February 2024? Till then, get to know his wiki, age, education, family, job, marital status and personal life details here.

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Michael Menkhus Wiki, Age & Family

Michael Menkhus has reached the age of 27 now. He was born in 1996 and blows out his birthday candle in the month of July.

As per wiki, he is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and was raised by his parents there. A Jeopardy! fan, he has been watching his show with his grandparents since her was young.

In his first appearance on the show, he even shared a sweet moment from his childhood with the host Ken Jennings. He even mentioned his late grandma, stating,

This has been a lifetime dream. My grandma sat me on her lap when I was a newborn to watch Jeopardy!. I’d just like to think that she’s looking down and smiling right now…

Menkhus pursued his high school education at Oakville High School, graduating in 2014. As a senior, he competed at the National Forensic League’s 2013 National Speech and Debate Tournament in Birmingham, Alabama. 

Afterward, he went to Truman State University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Mathematics in 2018. In addition, he graduated with a masters degree in Sports Law and Business from Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University in 2019.

What Is Michael Menkhus’s Job?

Menkhus is a data analyst by job based in Kansas City, Missouri. He is an experienced data and business analyst with a demonstrated history of working in the financial, retail, and SaaS industries.

As of now he serves as a data analyst at Hallmark Cards, the oldest and largest manufacturer of greeting cards in the United States. He previously served in the same position at DW Creative Marketing from 2021 to 2023.

Michael also worked as a Business Analyst at PSI Services LLC from April 2021 to November 2021. He was a Business Administration Platform Application Specialist at  Waddell & Reed, serving from 2019 to 2021.

Earlier, he interned in

Is Michael Menkhus A Married Man?

Menkhus does not seem to be married at the moment. Meanwhile, he is set to get married with his girlfriend as per his social media posts.


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The Jeopardy contestant is enjoying a love life with his longtime girlfriend Meghan Goins. However, he not much shares his dating life on his Instagram.

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Well, Michael and his girlfriend getting married soon. Back in November 2023, his girlfriend revealed the news mentioning him that the dogs parents are getting married soon.