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Merv Griffin

Mervyn Edward Griffin Jr., known professionally as Merv Griffin, was an American television show host and media mogul. In 2022, Merv Griffin's net worth is estimated to be $1 billion dollars.

March 29, 2022

Words by Matthew Taylor

Merv Griffin Net Worth

$1 billion

Est. Range $775M - $1.2B

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Mervyn Edward Griffin Jr. was a talk show host, media mogul, and game show creator. He started his career as a singer on the radio and in films and Broadway shows. From 1965 to 1986, he had his own talk show called The Merv Griffin Show. He also created two famous game shows called Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune.

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