Rhone Talsma (Jeopardy) Biography

Rhone Talsma is an information professional. He has been working in the same position for the last 6 years in the public libraries. His work is associated with the taking of client-facing roles, planning, events, and management of graphic content (both digitally and in the form of print), and publicizing and conducting classes. He also works to establish web strategies, develop educational materials, and evaluate library programs and processes.

Early Life

Rhone Talsma was born in 1991 and spent his childhood in south suburban Plainfield, Illinois. As far as his education is concerned then he went to Plainfield Central High School and later enrolled at DePaul University from where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies. He attended the university from 2011 to 2015 where he studied minor subjects in LGBTQ and graphic design. In 2016, he went to the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. There at the university, he received his Master’s degree in Library & Information Science-MLIS in 2018. He describes himself as a member of the American Library Association.

Rhone Talsma Career

Rhone’s career began in 2017 when he started working for Skokie Public Library in August 2017. He was appointed as an Access Service Intern and maintained the position for four months until November 2017. His work was associated with taking care, accessing, and recognizing the records of graphic novels. Later, he worked as CyberNavigator with Advanced Resources from December 2015 to April 2018. It was a Chicago-based company where he was expected to work with patrons to improve their digital literacy and confidence with technology. Thereafter, in May 2018, Rhone worked as a multimedia librarian with the Chicago Ridge Public Library. His current professional position is the librarian work that he carries with Chicago Ridge Public Library. He has been working in the same position for the last 3 years and nine months.

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Recently, he participated in Jeopardy! Show. He managed to compete with dozens of other contestants but could not get the chance to defeat Amy Schneider. But, Amy Schneider had the sizeable lead when she could not answer the final question and dropped to second place after she failed to produce an answer against her $8,000 bet and the correct answer came in the hands of none other than Rhone. Despite holding a position and working for the public libraries, Rhone Talsma is the new Jeopardy champion who has snapped Amy Schneider’s record. Amy Schneider was the top-performing contestant of the show.

Amy is a member of the LGBTQ+ community who identified herself as queer later after getting married and consequently she divorced her first husband. She was the only Jeopardy contestant who was winning the show with 40 consecutive games. She came fourth in the place of all the regular seasons of Jeopardy. Till now she has won the amount of $1.382 million. The suspense hit the audience when Rhone Talsma came up with the answer in the Final Jeopardy!, and Schneider did not come up with any response. Rhone Talsma said, “….I did not expect to be facing a 40-day champion, and I was excited to maybe see someone else slay the giant….I’m still in shock.”

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Rhone Talsma Biography

Real Name Rhone Talsma
Birth Date 1991
Age (as of 2022) 31 Years
Birth Place Plainfield, Illinois, USA
Nationality American
Profession Librarian
Religion Christianity
Sun sign

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 5’ 9” – in Centimeters – 175 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 62 kg  –  in Pounds –  136 lbs
Hair Color Bald
Eye Color Hazel
Body Type Slim




School Plainfield Central High School
College DePaul University, University of Illinois

Relationship Status

Marital Status
Is Rhone Talsma Gay? Yes

Personal life

It is said that Rhone Talsma is gay and he is probably committed to another male friend whose identity is not yet given to the public. However, rumors are rumors. For the moment we do not have the exact details of his love life and will surely update this section for our viewers. If we take a look at his Instagram profile, then he shared a few pictures with his probable partner, where he even said love you to him.

Rhone Talsma Net Worth

Rhone is an ordinary man with a private job in hand and the role of a librarian. He has his commitments and promises to his life. He makes his daily routine in harmony with his lifestyle and the aspirations of his family members. Rhone is identified to receive a good amount at the Jeopardy show. He won an amount of $29,600 points on Wednesday, i.e, 26th January 2022. Before coming to the show, he was working as a librarian at Chicago Ridge Public Library. He is supposed to earn a good income from his professional life. Also, he has earned quite a good amount from the show.

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  • In his free time, Rhone enjoys singing with two different choirs.
  • He loves to write chronicle music as well and enjoys astrology, playing video games, and staying updated while reading Wikipedia and other information over the web.
  • Rhone is a family man. He seems to be celebrating or enjoying it with his family spotted on his Instagram profile Miller’s Pub back in 2019.
  • He is probably a dog lover who loves to hang out with friends and dogs and has also posted a few of his pictures on his social media profile.

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