Mervyn E. Griffin, Jr.
Griffin co-produced and owned his own talk show - “The Merv Griffin Show,” which during the early 1980s was aired on 115 stations in the U.S. and Canada. “Wheel of Fortune,” Griffin’s most successful show, was by 1984 appearing on 181 stations and earning $92,000 per episode. It was the #1 syndicated show in America that year and earned Griffin approximately $16 million. Griffin’s other game show phenomenon “Jeopardy” went into syndication in 1984 earning approximately $10 million for Griffin on its first 260 episodes. Griffin sold out to Coca-Cola in 1985 for approximately $250 million.