Who Is George Santo Pietro? Ex-Husband Of Vanna White

by Manisha Mon Jun 19 2023 Updated On Wed Jul 05 2023
Who Is George Santo Pietro? Ex-Husband Of Vanna White

George Santo Pietro is the ex-husband of TV personality and game show hostess Vanna White

He was born in California in 1946. He is a businessman, restaurant owner, and filmmaker

He was married to a woman named Linda Evans before he met Vanna. He has a daughter from his first wife. They got divorced in 1985

George Santo Pietro's ex-wife and their children.
George Santo Pietro's ex-wife and their children. Source: Instagram

Married Life

George met Vanna in 1990. He fell in love with her, and they tied the knot the same year. 

After two years, Vanna announced that she was expecting her firstborn on a television program, but tragically, she had a miscarriage. 

George Santo Pietro and Vanna White.
George Santo Pietro and Vanna White. Source: People

George and Vanna wanted to build a family together, so finally, after five years of marriage, they were blessed with their firstborn. 

They share two children, a son Nikko Santo Pietro and a daughter Gigi Santo Pietro. In 2002 the pair decided to part ways after being married for over a decade. 

After his separation from Vanna, he began dating TV presenter Melissa Masacri

They only dated for a year and tied the knot in 2005. The two have been married till date. He has a daughter from his second spouse. 


George is 76 years old. He is 6 feet 2 inches tall. He weighs around 90 kg.

Net Worth

His net worth is estimated to be $14 million

Will Vanna Retire From The Show Wheel Of Fortune?

In 2020 in an interview, Vanna said she could not imagine doing the show without his co-host Pat Sajak

Pat recently announced his retirement from the show. Fans have loved Pat and Vanna's onscreen partnership over the years. 

However, Vanna doesn’t plan to retire anytime soon. In an interview, she said that she loves hosting the show. 

She said she has a happy job, and it's always fun coming to work. The two have fantastic chemistry. She said that they are like Ken and Barbie

Vanna Was On The Cover Of Playboy 

Vanna got famous from the show Wheel Of Fortune. Her career was growing steadily. 

She even released her autobiography named, Vanna Speaks in 1987, but her autobiography was overshadowed by big news. 

In the same year, she was featured on the cover of Playboy Magazine, which shocked everyone.  

Vanna faced financial issues during her modeling years, so she shot dome lingerie photos to pay her rent. 

Those photos were from Hugh Hefner, and he put her picture on the cover of Playboy Magazine. Vanna didn’t shoot for Playboy. 

Fortunately, her show didn’t take any action against her and supported her. Later everyone forgot about her scandalous photographs. 

Vanna Got Her Biggest Break In The Early 1980s

Vanna was cast as co-host of the show Wheel of Fortune. She auditioned with two hundred other women for the vacant post. 

The show creator Merv Griffin co-hosted the show. 

Merv was the one who chose Vanna as the co-host, while Pat Sajak, the primary host of the show, told Griffin not to pick her as he thought that she was the most nervous of all women. 

In an interview, Vanna revealed why she was chosen for the show. 

She said she turned the letter better than anyone else, so Griffin chose her. 

Vanna said that she realized she had made it big in the industry when she saw herself on Newsweek's cover magazine in the grocery line. 

What Is White's Biggest Achievement Of Her Career?

In an interview with Larry King, White said her proudest accomplishment was getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

She said that it was her number one achievement. After hosting the show for two decades, she received her star in April 2006.

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