Vana White has made a career for herself out of game shows. The TV hostess is primarily known for starring in the game show, The Wheel of Fortune. At 63-years-of age, Vana has enjoyed an illustrious career and is still going strong. And while things may be going smoothly for her in her career, her personal life hasn’t been as successful. Over the years, Vanna has married three times. Her first husband was the Playgirl centerfold/Chippendales dancer-turned-actor, John Gibson. The pair married in the early 1980s, but Vanna lost John to a plane crash in 1986. White’s second marriage and the subject of this article is the restaurant owner George Santo Pietro. The pair got married in 1990 and stayed together till 2002.
Who is George Santo Pietro?
George Santo Pietro was born on the 12th of December 1946 in Beverly Hills, California. Born and raised in California, George has shared very little about his early life and parents. His educational background remains a mystery as well.
While George rose to fame following his relationship with Vanna White, he made quite a lot of money before he even met her. Vanna has often disclosed that George was pulling in a considerable amount of net worth long before he met Vana. George owns a restaurant in Bel-Air named Santopietro’s. The restaurant was a hub for celebrities in the early 1980s. George continued to expand his business over the years and soon established another restaurant, Sushi-ko.
George and Vanna met in the mid-1980s. Vanna was recovering from the untimely death of her first husband, and George was single. So, in 1985 hid friends Tracy Vaccaro, and Jessie Eastland dragged George to have dinner with Vanna White. The spark was instant and the pair were soon dating. In the years that followed, the pair’s relationship continued to go stronger and the pair got engaged soon after. In 1990, George and Vanna tied the knot in a lavish ceremony.
A family man:
Vanna first announced her pregnancy in September of 1992. She did so in an episode of the Wheel of Fortune where “Vanna’s pregnant” was the answer to a puzzle. But she suffered from a miscarriage, days after the episode’s taping. She became pregnant again and gave birth to Niko Santo Pietro in 1994. The pair had a baby girl in 1997 and named her Gigi Santo Pietro.
The dreaded divorce:
Things were on the rise for the pair who were achieving success in their respective careers. This was until the pair’s unexpected divorce in 2002. The divorce was finalized on the 15th of May 2002 citing irreconcilable differences.
Going different ways:
Even though the pair continued to remain friends for the sake of their kids, they moved on with their lives. Vanna got engaged to businessman Michael Kaye and enjoyed a short-lived relationship. They were together from 2004 to 2006 but never got married. On the other hand, George married TV producer Melissa Mascari in 2005. The pair have been together ever since and are nearing 15-years as a married couple. The pair have a baby girl, Chiara Santo Pietro born in 2007.
Over the years, George has been involved in show-biz as well. He worked as a producer for many TV series including, L.A. Doctors, True Blood, Buffy the Vampire Slayers, Alias, and Pushing Daisies. George later sold his Beverly Hills Italian Villa in 2007, which was valued at around 50 million. As of 2020, his net worth is recorded at USD 14 million.
George Santo Pietro
December 12, 1946
Beverly Hills, California, United States
Restaurant Owner, Producer
Melissa Mascari (m. 2005), Vanna White (m. 1990–2002)
Niko Santo Pietro, Chiara Santo Pietro, Chiara Santo Pietro