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'Jeopardy!' champ Amy Schneider quits day job following $1.4M win – New York Post

by Arifa Rana

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Look out world — there’s a new “public figure” on the scene.
“Jeopardy!”‘s winningest woman Amy Schneider, who took home nearly $1.4 million during her 40-game streak on the show in January, is making big moves, the 42-year-old former software engineer said on Tuesday.
In an update to her 127,000 followers on Twitter, the Oakland, Calif. resident said, “Some of you may have heard, but I quit my day job yesterday!”
“It’s a bit nerve-wracking to pivot from software engineer to… public figure, I guess?” Schneider continued. “But regardless of the outcome I’m so excited to spend the next couple years at least tackling this new challenge!”
The trivia whiz offered no further information on next steps. However, according to a recent interview with The Post, fans can bet Schneider has plans to take some time off with her partner, Genevieve Davis.
“Travel is definitely a part of the plan,” she told The Post last week. “I mentioned on the show that we wanted to go to Ireland, and while we’re still finalizing it, it’s looking like we’ll be there for St. Patrick’s Day.”
Schneider also had revealed at the time that she’d taken a leave of absence from her job in tech, which has since been made permanent — likely a result of her recent deal with talent management group Creative Arts Agency, which reps the likes of Tom Hanks and Zendaya.
“I also am having a lot of meetings with my agents, which is such a weird thing to hear myself say, but it’s true,” she told The Post.
Schneider, who is transgender, has said that her experience on “Jeopardy!” helped her gain a new level of confidence as a woman in the LGBTQ+ community, she told the Times last month.
“I think the main thing that I got out of this was being OK with myself, how I look, how I present to the world,” she said. “Just to get so much positive feedback, so much support and so much acceptance, it enabled me — by the end of it — to look at myself on TV and be like, ‘Oh, you know, she’s pretty, she’s fun, what a likable person.’ And I’ve never been able to see myself that way before.”
In her Feb. 3 chat with The Post, Schneider also hinted at the possibility of a book on the way.
“It’s something I’d love to do,” the upcoming “Tournament of Champions” contestant said. “My main focus right now is figuring out what exactly that book might look like; there are a lot of things I’m passionate about.”
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