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Below is a list of the winners of the top prize for each version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.

Top Winners[]

Country Name Date Notes
Template:Country data Arab League Arab World Khaled al-Mulla from UAE November 21, 2001
Template:Country data Arab League Arab World Mohammad Tanirah from Gaza Strip March 15, 2002
Template:Country data Arab League Arab World Sidi Ahmed weld A'ala from Mauritania January 2, 2003
Template:Country data Arab League Arab World Kenaan Matar from Lebanon May 15, 2007 First SR2,000,000 winner
Flag of Australia (converted) Australia Rob "Coach" Fulton[1] October 17, 2005
Flag of Australia (converted) Australia Martin Flood[1] November 14, 2005
Template:Country data Austria Anton Sutterlüty[2] February 19, 2001 won öS10,000,000
Template:Country data Austria Christiane de Piero[2] November 11, 2002
Template:Country data Austria Sigrid Weiß-Lutz[2] May 9, 2003
Template:Country data Austria Karin Huber[2] November 3, 2003
Template:Country data Austria Elfriede ("El") Awadalla[2] March 14, 2005
Template:Country data Austria Heide Gondek[2] September 18, 2006
Template:Country data Chile Gonzalo Miranda 2002 Won CLP$100,000,000
Template:Country data Chile Mel Shields 2003 Won CLP$65,000,000
Flag of the People's Republic of China China Bo Lang Li December 2009 First Person in China to win Y1,000,000 since they started 2 years ago.
Template:Country data Colombia Enrique Carlos Castillo October 2006 Won COL$300,000,000
Template:Country data Croatia Mira Bićanić 2002
Template:Country data Ecuador Maria Fernanda Compte November 24, 2002
Flag of France France Frédéric Grégoire[3] September 30, 2000 Won 4,000,000
Flag of France France Louis ??? 2001 Won 4,000,000
Flag of France France Marie ??? August 27, 2004
Flag of Germany Germany Eckhard Freise[4] December 2, 2000 Won DM1,000,000
Flag of Germany Germany Marlene Grabherr[4] May 20, 2001
Flag of Germany Germany Gerhard Krammer[4] October 18, 2002
Flag of Germany Germany Dr. Maria Wienströer[4] March 29, 2004
Flag of Germany Germany Stefan Lang[4] October 6, 2006
Flag of Germany Germany Timur Hahn[4] January 8, 2007
Flag of Germany Germany Oliver Pocher[4] May 30, 2008 Celebrity edition
Flag of Germany Germany Thomas Gottschalk[4] November 20, 2008 Celebrity edition
Template:Country data Greece Giorgios Georgopoulos Won 50,000,000
Template:Country data Greece Stelios Stergiou Won 150,000
Flag of Hong Kong Hong Kong Wong Jim and Fung Po Po July 2001
Flag of Hong Kong Hong Kong Stephen Chow and Lee Man August 2001
Flag of Hong Kong Hong Kong Chan Hon-cheung November 2, 2001
Flag of Hungary Hungary Gábor Cserey March 20, 2006 Won Ft40,000,000
Flag of India India Harshvardhan Navathe[5] Winner of Rs.1 crore
Flag of India India Brajesh Dube[5] 2005 Second crorepati winner.
Flag of India India Ravi Saini Winner of KBC Junior
Flag of India India Vijay Raul and Arundhati Winner of Kaun Banega Crorepatipatni
Template:Country data Israel Izhar Nevo 2000
Flag of Italy Italy Francesca Cinelli[6] March 18, 2001 Winner of 1,000,000,000
Flag of Italy Italy Davide Pavesi[6] October 17, 2004
Flag of Japan Japan Yasuyuki Kunimitsu July 27, 2000
Flag of Japan Japan Yoshiaki Nagata August 10, 2000
Flag of Japan Japan Naoko Imao November 2, 2000
Flag of Japan Japan Hiroshi Hase November 23, 2000 Member of the Japanese House of Representatives and former professional wrestler
Flag of Japan Japan Kazuyuki Nose February 15, 2001
Flag of Japan Japan Hitomi Sakamoto December 13, 2001
Flag of Japan Japan Kikuchi Akishi June 27, 2002
Flag of Japan Japan Michiko Eguchi August 1, 2002
Flag of Japan Japan Naomi Osada November 14, 2002
Flag of Japan Japan Shoko Mishima May 8, 2003
Flag of Japan Japan Daichi Suzuki September 18, 2003
Flag of Japan Japan Tsuyoshi Shinjo January 2, 2004 Professional baseball player
Flag of Japan Japan Takafumi Horie December 30, 2004 former CEO of Livedoor
Flag of Japan Japan Kazuko Hosoki December 30, 2004
Flag of Japan Japan Masaaki Sakai April 7, 2005
Flag of Japan Japan Yasuo Tanaka April 7, 2005 Author and governor of Nagano Prefecture
Flag of Japan Japan Kikuchi Tomohisa April 28, 2005
Flag of Japan Japan Masahiko Hamada May 26, 2005
Flag of Japan Japan Kotaro Koizumi January 2, 2006 Japanese actor and the eldest son of the former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi
Flag of Japan Japan Yuko Asano March 23, 2006
Flag of Japan Japan Junko Nozoe June 29, 2006
Flag of Japan Japan Keiko Ohi July 27, 2006
Flag of Japan Japan Dai Tamesue September 14, 2006
Flag of Japan Japan Mitsugoro Bando October 5, 2006
Flag of Japan Japan Dewi Sukarno October 26, 2006
Flag of Japan Japan Misako Konno February 15, 2007
Flag of Japan Japan Shōsuke Tanihara July 5, 2007
Flag of Japan Japan Shumiko Fuji March 27, 2008
Flag of Japan Japan Kazuo Tokumitsu March 27, 2008
Flag of Japan Japan Takeshi Kitano January 30, 2009 Only person to answer the final question incorrectly once, and later return and win the top prize.
Flag of Japan Japan Hikari Ota April 1, 2009
Template:Country data Kazakhstan Saule Akhmetova 2002
Template:Country data Kazakhstan Irina Stal'naya 2003
Template:Country data Nigeria Aroma Ufodike September 11, 2009 Won Naira10,000,000
Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands Hans Peters[7] January 6, 2001 Won ƒ1,000,000
File:Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal Renata Morgado May 2000 won 50 000 000$00, and the first female to win top prize in the history of the franchise
File:Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal Ana Damásio September 2000
File:Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal José Fernandes April 2001
File:Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal António Franco December 2003
File:Flag of Romania.svg Romania 2 people ???? Won 1,000,000,000 old lei
Flag of Russia Russia Igor Sazejev March 21, 2001 Won 1,000,000 roubles
Flag of Russia Russia Irina and Jury Chudinovskikh March 18, 2001 Won 1,000,000 roubles
Flag of Russia Russia Svetlana Yaroslavtseva February 19, 2006 Won 3,000,000 roubles
Template:Country data Slovenia Peter Lazar
Template:Country data Slovenia Akim Kysselef 2002
Template:Country data Slovenia Matjaž Tanko 2002
Template:Country data Slovenia Gorazd Škerbinek
Template:Country data Slovenia Jaro Leskovsek 2004 Won 15,000,000 Slovenian tolars
Flag of South Africa South Africa David Paterson
Flag of South Africa South Africa Anna Tran
File:Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Per Hörberg February 17, 2006
File:Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Torgny Segerstedt March 1, 2008
Flag of Spain Spain Enrique Chicote[8] 2000 Won 50,000,000; Used the phone a friend lifeline to call his wife in the last question, letting her know that he'd won.
Template:Country data Ukraine Serhiy Karabynskyy
Template:Country data Ukraine Svyatoslav Vakarchuk 2005 First celebrity contestant outside of Japan to win top prize
Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Judith Keppel[9] November 20, 2000
Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom David Edwards[9] April 21, 2001
Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Robert Brydges[10] September 29, 2001
Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Pat Gibson[9] April 24, 2004
Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Ingram Wilcox[9] September 23, 2006
Flag of the United States United States John Carpenter November 19, 1999 First ever top prize winner in the Millionaire franchise.
Flag of the United States United States Dan Blonsky January 18, 2000
Flag of the United States United States Joe Trela March 23, 2000
Flag of the United States United States Bob House June 13, 2000
Flag of the United States United States Kim Hunt July 6, 2000
Flag of the United States United States David Goodman July 11, 2000
Flag of the United States United States Kevin Olmstead April 10, 2001 Won $2,180,000
Flag of the United States United States Bernie Cullen April 15, 2001
Flag of the United States United States Ed Toutant September 7, 2001 Won $1,860,000
Flag of the United States United States Kevin Smith February 18, 2003
Flag of the United States United States Nancy Christy May 8, 2003 First female millionaire in America
Flag of the United States United States Sam Murray [11] November 20, 2009 He didn't go all the way to a million the first time, winning $50,000, came back to win the question in the "Million Dollar Tournament of Ten." He was also 8th seed in the tournament at the time of his winning.
Flag of Venezuela Venezuela Giovanni Grosso 2002
Flag of Venezuela Venezuela Antonio Ríos 2002
Flag of Venezuela Venezuela Eugenio Vargas 2004
Flag of Venezuela Venezuela Zulay Marcano July 2007
Flag of Venezuela Venezuela Luis Olavarrieta 2008 Celebrity edition
Flag of Venezuela Venezuela María Alejandra Requena 2008 Celebrity edition
Template:Country data Yugoslavia Jelena Mitrovic 2009 Celebrity edition

Elimination of Winnings[]

Some players had answered the top prize question correctly, but did not actually win the prize because of ineligibility, legal issues, or elimination from a contest.

Country Name Date Notes
File:Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgaria Asen Angelov[citation needed] His daughter, Iskra Angelova, worked for Nova TV, which airs the show, a violation of game show rules, so he returned all prizes as he was not eligible. Employees of the local broadcaster, production company or distributor, sponsors, and Sony (which owns the franchise) are not eligible to participate in the show. As Angelov is the only Bulgarian to answer the final question correctly, no one in this version actually won the top prize.
Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Major Charles Ingram[9] Scheduled for September 18, 2001 but not actually broadcast until April 21, 2003 He was accused of cheating by using coughing patterns from the audience while playing the game. He was found guilty of fraud in the 2001 scandal and was stripped of his winnings.

Top Prize Losers[]

While more people answered the question correctly, a few people internationally got the top prize question wrong. It has especially happened the most in the Japanese version of the show, having had 40 contestants to have ever done such thing. Note that in the Japanese Super Millionaire (10 question format), a contestant cannot walk away from the final two questions, while in the Australian "Hot Seat" version, a contestant cannot walk away at any question. In other versions, contestants may walk away without answering the question.

Country Name Date Notes
Flag of Australia (converted) Australia Barry Soraghan June 8, 2009 Lost AU$249,000 (Hot Seat Edition)
Flag of Australia (converted) Australia Jeff Tarr September 28, 2009 Lost AU$249,000 (Hot Seat Edition)
File:Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgaria Yavor Kostov 2005 Lost лв47,000
Flag of Germany Germany Harald Schmidt December 1, 2000 Lost DM468,000 (Celebrity Edition)
Flag of Hong Kong Hong Kong Ling Wing Kuen(凌永權) and Ling Shuk Ling(凌淑玲) November 9, 2001 Lost HK$440,000
Flag of India India Ganesh Shinde Lost Rs.4,680,000
Netherlands Netherlands Menno de Ruijter December 20, 2003 Lost 234,000
Flag of Japan Japan 43 different people 2000-2009 Lost ¥6,500,000, In October 12, 2000, LaSalle Ishii became the first contestant to answer the 15th question incorrectly in the Millionaire franchise.
Template:Country data Poland Filip Łapiński June 1, 2002 Lost 468,000 PLN (children edition)
Flag of Russia Russia Galina Semenova Lost 468,000 roubles
Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Laurence and Jackie Llewelyn-Bowen Feburary 11, 2006 Lost £468,000
Question turned out to be flawed and were invited back to answer another £1,000,000 question, which they would walk away.
Flag of the United States United States Ken Basin August 23, 2009 Lost US$475,000
First contestant to see the million dollar question under the new "clock format" in the United States.

Returning Contestants After Top Prize Loss[]

On rarer occasions, contestants return after answering the final question incorrectly.

Country Name Date Notes
Flag of Germany Germany Harald Schmidt 2002 Won 500,000 (Celebrity Edition)
Flag of Japan Japan Takeshi Kitano January 30, 2009 Won the ¥10,000,000 (Celebrity Edition)
Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom Laurence and Jackie Llewelyn-Bowen Feburary 11, 2006 Walked away with £500,000 after a flawed question (Celebrity Edition)

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Second Aussie 'Millionaire' winner emerges". The Sydney Morning Herald. 15 November 2005. Retrieved 21 December 2009. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "Arm aber schlau: Österreicherin knackt Millionenquiz" (in German). Retrieved 21 December 2009. 
  3. "J'ai acheté une maison" (in French). Le Parisien. 4 April 2009. Retrieved 25 December 2009. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 "Jauch kehrt im Doppelpack zurück" (in German). Main Post. 10 September 2009. Retrieved 25 December 2009. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Talking Point with Brajesh Dube, first crorepati on KBC-2". Express India (Indian Express Newspapers (Mumbai) Ltd). 5 November 2005. Retrieved 25 December 2009. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "TV: Da Lunedi' Torna 'Chi Vuol Essere Milionario'". Libero-news-it. Retrieved 25 December 2009. 
  7. "Alweer kort nieuws op woensdag 10 januari 2000". Radio.nl. 10 Janurary 2000. Retrieved 25 December 2009. 
  8. Rodríguez, Mercedes. "'Gran slam' reunirá a los mejores concursantes de espacios televisivos" (in Spanish). El Norte de Castilla. Retrieved 25 December 2009. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 "TV quiz show makes another millionaire". Daily Mail (Associated Newspapers Ltd). 13 September 2006. Retrieved 21 December 2009. 
  10. "Coughs 'aided Millionaire win'". Cable News Network LP. 5 March 2003. Retrieved 21 December 2009. 
  11. http://buzzerblog.flashgameshows.com/sam-murray-wins-1000000-on-millionaire-tournament-of-ten


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