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Jeff Gross, a mortgage consultant living in Richmond, Surrey and Leucadia, California was a contestant on both the UK and US versions of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? on October 30 2001 and November 19 2004. He won £64,000 and $500,000.

He was also a Fastest Finger First contestant on the shows where Judith Keppel and Charles Ingram won the million.

In November 2008, Jeff appeared as an "expert" for the "Ask the Expert" lifeline on the US version of the show. During that time, he announced that he successfully bidden for the contestant hot seat from Who Wants to Be a Millionaire – Play It! in an auction.

British versionEdit

Fastest Finger FirstEdit

Fastest Finger First
Starting furthest north, put these lines of latitude in the order Capt Scott crossed them travelling from the UK to the South Pole.
• A: Antarctic Circle • B: Tropic of Capricorn
• C: Tropic of Cancer • D: Equator
From 10 contestants, 3 got it right, but Jeff (in 5.95 seconds) was the fastest to answer C-D-B-A, making it to the Hot Seat.

Jeff's Run to the MillionEdit

£100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
Which word goes after 'train' and 'talent' to make the names of a hobby and a job?
• A: Dotting • B: Totting
• C: Blotting • D: Spotting

£200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
What name is usually given to an unauthorised revelation of official information?
• A: Seep • B: Gush
• C: Leak • D: Squirt

£300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
Which city gave rise to the 'Mersey Beat', a pop music sound of the 1960s?
• A: Cardiff • B: Edinburgh
• C: Liverpool • D: Glasgow

£500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these is another name for the star sign Gemini?
• A: The Twins • B: The Triplets
• C: The Quadruplets • D: The Quintuplets

£1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these phrases refers to a very large amount of money?
• A: King's counsel • B: King's English
• C: King's shilling • D: King's ransom

£2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
In the Middle Ages, which fabric was worn as a sign of penitence?
'Ask The Audience' lifeline used
• A: Silk • B: Velvet
• C: Sackcloth • D: Taffeta
Ask the Audience Results: A: 8% • B: 3% • C: 83% • D: 6%

£4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
If a college sportsman is picked for the First XV, which sport does he play?
• A: Cricket • B: Soccer
• C: Rugby union • D: Field hockey

£8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
What nationality is the pop singer Mariah Carey?
• A: American • B: Austarlian
• C: Canadian • D: Irish

£16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
Canada is divided into provinces and what else?
• A: States • B: Counties
• C: Shires • D: Territories

£32,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
The school Dotheboys Hall features in which Dickens story?
'50:50' and 'Phone-A-Friend' lifeline used
• A: Nicholas Nickleby • B: Martin Chuzzlewit
• C: Oliver Twist • D: David Copperfield
Jeff didn't know and '50:50' didn't help him, so he called David from Los Angeles, who was 100% sure it was A: Nicholas Nickleby.

£64,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these animals is a close relation of a cayman?
• A: Turtle • B: Alligator
• C: Chameleon • D: Toad

£125,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
Which classic children's programme features the characters Aunt Flo and Farmer Barleymow?
• A: Bod • B: Roobarb and Custard
• C: Andy Pandy • D: The Flumps
Jeff had absolutely no idea, so he decided to walk away. The correct answer was A: Bod.

American versionEdit

$100 (1 of 15) - Not Timed
What rodents share their name with an exclamation commonly used to express displeasure?
• A: Shrews • B: Hamsters
• C: Rats • D: Corporate lawyers

$200 (2 of 15) - Not Timed
According to a common piece of advice, "Waste not," what?
• A: Win not • B: Worry not
• C: Work not • D: Want not

$300 (3 of 15) - Not Timed
In the term "PIN number," the "I" stands for what?
• A: Information • B: Identification
• C: Interest • D: Index

$500 (4 of 15) - Not Timed
What nationwide chain sells coffee tables with names such as Markör, Drömme and Fröjsta?
• A: IKEA • B: Sears
• C: Wal-Mart • D: Kmart

$1,000 (5 of 15) - Not Timed
What classic TV character usually calls his son-in-law "Meathead"?
• A: George Jefferson • B: Howard Cunningham
• C: Archie Bunker • D: Mr. Roper

$2,000 (6 of 15) - Not Timed
Peter Frampton's 1976 best-selling live album is titled "Frampton" what?
• A: Lives Forever! • B: Comes Alive!
• C: Is on Fire! • D: Here and Now!
The klaxon called time and Jeff would return with all three lifelines still available.

$4,000 (7 of 15) - Not Timed
In which of these sports can players make a mistake called a "foot fault"?
• A: Tennis • B: Baseball
• C: Golf • D: Soccer

$8,000 (8 of 15) - Not Timed
What type of poem consists of an octave followed by a sestet?
• A: Haiku • B: Limerick
• C: Ode • D: Sonnet

$16,000 (9 of 15) - Not Timed
In 1994, Oliver North fell less than three percentage points shy of winning the U.S. Senate seat of what state?
• A: Kansas • B: North Carolina
• C: Virginia • D: Nebraska

$25,000 (10 of 15) - Not Timed
In March 2004, rebel leader Guy Philippe declared himself the "military chief" of what nation?
• A: Nicaragua • B: Dominican Republic
• C: Panama • D: Haiti

$50,000 (11 of 15) - Not Timed
Often said to be the resting place of Noah's Ark, Mount Ararat lies in what country?
• A: Egypt • B: Turkey
• C: Lebanon • D: Syria

$100,000 (12 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the first name of Agatha Christie's spinster sleuth Miss Marple?
'Ask the Audience' and 'Phone-a-Friend' lifelines used
• A: Jane • B: Abigail
• C: Edith • D: Beatrice
Ask the Audience Results:
Studio: A: 37% • B: 39% • C: 14% • D: 10%
AOL: A: 20% • B: 36% • C: 19% • D: 25%
Jeff would use his first lifeline, Ask the Audience (Studio: A-37% B-39% C-14% D-10% AOL: A-20% B-36% C-19% D-25%). He wasn't confident in his poll numbers, so he used his next lifeline, Phone-A-Friend. His brother Todd, who "knows everything" at least according to Jeff, was 100% sure that the answer was Jane, which turned out to be the right answer. Said Jeff: "You rock!"

$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
What ex-president wrote about his love for fishing in the book "Fishing for Fun and to Wash Your Soul"?
'Switch the Question' lifeline used
• A: Harry Truman • B: Richard Nixon
• C: Herbert Hoover • D: Dwight Eisenhower
Jeff had absolutely no idea, so he elected to Switch the Question in favor of a different question with the same value. The correct answer was C: Herbert Hoover.

$250,000 (13 of 15) - Not Timed
What is the highest note on a standard 88-key piano?
• A: C • B: B flat
• C: F sharp • D: A
Jeff claimed to be "just enough" of a musician to know the answer. He repeatedly pointed to the correct answer, going so far as to refer to it as "the one on the upper left hand corner" to avoid a precursor to the First Letter in English Alphabet incident. Said Meredith: "YEEEEEEEEEEEAH!"

$500,000 (14 of 15) - Not Timed
After nitrogen and oxygen, what is the third most abundant gas in air?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Xenon • B: Argon
• C: Helium • D: Neon
Jeff used his last lifeline, 50:50, eliminating A and C. He had a 75-80% inkling that the correct answer was B, but D lingered presumably in a voice in his head. He locked in B as his final answer, making him a half millionaire. The klaxon called time once again and he would return on the following episode with $500,000 in his pocket, all out of lifelines.

$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
Now used to refer to a cat, the word "tabby" is derived from the name of a district of what world capital?
• A: Baghdad • B: New Delhi
• C: Cairo • D: Moscow
Jeff had a slight inkling towards Cairo, noting that the Egyptians used to worship cats. He ultimately decided to walk away with $500,000. The correct answer was A: Baghdad.

Trivia Edit

  • Jeff is the only contestant on the U.S. version of Millionaire to return as the crossover contestant just to play the $1 million question.
  • He is the first known contestant on any international version of Millionaire on whom the klaxon called time twice in the same run, appearing as a contestant in three episodes in a row.
Preceded by
Nicola Yeoman
UK contestants (Series 10)
Jeff Gross
Succeeded by
Paul Thurlbeck
Preceded by
U.S. contestants
Jeff Gross
Succeeded by
Preceded by
U.S. Experts
Jeff Gross
Succeeded by

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