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"Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" has had several Top Prize winners from across the world. All of the following list successfully answered all questions correctly and won the top prize available. This list gives all of these players in chronological order of their win.

1999 WinnersEdit

US John Carpenter

Carpenter when he won the Million.

  • John Carpenter won $1,000,000 on November 19, 1999. He was the first winner worldwide. Famous for going through the whole stack without using any of his three lifelines, apart from to call his father Tom on the Million Dollar Question to tell him that he was going to win the million dollars, which he did.
$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these U.S. Presidents appeared on the TV series "Laugh-In"?
'Phone-A-Friend' lifeline used
• A: Lyndon Johnson • B: Richard Nixon
• C: Jimmy Carter • D: Gerald Ford

John later reappeared on the show as part of the Champions Edition of WWTBAM, and this time he won $250,000.

2000 WinnersEdit

US Dan Blonsky

Dan Blonsky.

  • Dan Blonsky won $1,000,000 on January 18, 2000. Second US winner. His question is regarded by some people as the easiest Million Dollar Question ever faced by a contestant.
$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
The Earth is approximately how many miles away from the Sun?
• A: 9.3 million • B: 39 million
• C: 93 million • D: 193 million
  • David Paterson won 1,000,000 South African Rand on March 19, 2000. First winner outside of the USA. Only South African winner.
R1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
Which famous musical star was known as Baby Frances Gumm early in her career?
• A: Ginger Rodgers • B: Deanna Durbin
• C: Doris Day • D: Judy Garland
US Joe Trela

Joe Trela's win.

  • Joe Trela - third U.S. winner of the show. Famously used all of his three lifelines by the $32,000 question, but still went on to win the Million.
$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
What insect shorted out an early super-computer and inspired the term "computer bug"?
• A: Moth • B: Roach
• C: Fly • D: Japanese beetle
  • Renata Morgado won 50,000,000 escudos in May 2000. First worldwide female winner, and first European winner.
Enrique Chicote
  • Enrique Chicote won 50,000,000 pesetas on May 21, 2000. First Spanish winner. Much like John Carpenter, he used his Phone A Friend lifeline on the final question to tell his wife that he was going to win the top prize.
₧ 50 Million (15 of 15)
Copra can be obtained from which fruit?
'50:50' and 'Phone-A-Friend' lifelines used
• A: Pineapple • B: Cherry
• C: Coconut • D: Apricot
  • Bob House won $1,000,000 on June 13th, 2000.
$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following men does not have a chemical element named for him?
'50:50' and 'Phone a Friend' lifelines used
• A: Albert Einstein • B: Niels Bohr
• C: Isaac Newton • D: Enrico Fermi
  • Kim Hunt won $1,000,000 on July 6th, 2000. Was one of the tied contestants in Fastest Finger First.
$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of the following landlocked countries is entirely contained within another country?
• A: Lesotho • B: Burkina Faso
• C: Mongolia • D: Luxembourg
US David Goodman

David Goodman

  • David Goodman won $1,000,000 on July 11 2000. First contestant since John Carpenter to go through the first 14 questions without using a lifeline. Used all three on the final question.
$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
In the children's book series, where does Paddington Bear come from?
'50:50', 'Ask The Audience' and 'Phone-A-Friend' lifelines used
• A: India • B: Peru
• C: Canada • D: Iceland
Ask the Audience Results: A: 0% • B: 57% • C: 1% • D: 42%
Interestingly, despite it first being eliminated by 50:50, 1% of the audience still voted for C.
  • Yasuyuki Kunimitsu won ¥10,000,000 on July 27, 2000. First Japanese Winner.
  • Izhar Nevo won on August 7, 2000. First Israeli winner.
  • Yoshiaki Nagata won ¥10,000,000 on August 10, 2000. Second Japanese winner.
  • Ana Damásio won 50,000,000 escudos in September 2000. Second Portugese Winner.
France

First French winner after answering question 14 correctly.

र10,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
Among whom does the Indian Constitution permit to take part in the proceedings of Parliament?
• A: Solicitor General • B: Attorney General
• C: Cabinet Secretary • D: Chief Justice
  • Naoko Imao: Third Japanese winner. Won ¥10,000,000 on November 2, 2000.
  • Louis won 4,000,000 french  francs on November 4, 2000. Second French winner before on 1 January 2002 Euro comes.
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Judith and her million pound cheque.

  • Judith Keppel: First UK winner, won £1,000,000 on November 20th 2000. Due to currency exchange rates and inflation, her win is the highest to date, due to the pound's strength at the time. Judith now stars as an Egghead on the BBC2 show "Eggheads" along with several other former Millionaire contestants, including Pat Gibson, the shows 4th winner.
£1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
Which King was married to Eleanor of Aquitaine?
• A: Henry I • B: Henry II
• C: Richard I • D: Henry IV
  • Hiroshi Hase: Fourth Japanese Winner. Won ¥10,000,000 on November 23, 2000. Was a former professional wrestler.
  • Eckhard Freise won 1,000,000 DM on December 2, 2000. First German winner.

2001 WinnersEdit

  • Hans Peters won NLG 1,000,000 on January 6, 2001. First and only Dutch winner.
  • Kazuyuki Nose won ¥10,000,000 on February 15, 2001.
¥10,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
Who was the author of the medical book 'Anatomische Tabellen', upon which 'Kaitai Shinsho' [New Text on Anatomy] was based?
• A: Kulmus • B: Kaempfer
• C: Stahl • D: Helmont
$2,180,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
Who is credited with inventing the first mass-produced helicopter?
• A: Igor Sikorsky • B: Elmer Sperry
• C: Ferdinand von Zeppelin • D: Gottlieb Daimler
  • Mihai Popa won 1,000,000,000 lei on April 15, 2001. First Romanian winner.
  • Bernie Cullen won $1,000,000 on April 15, 2001.
$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
What letter must appear on the beginning of the registration number of all non-military aircraft in the U.S.?
'Ask the Audience' and '50:50' lifelines used
• A: N • B: A
• C: U • D: L
Ask the Audience Results: A: 69% • B: 12% • C: 13% • D: 6%
£1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
If you planted the seeds of 'Quercus robur', what would grow?
• A: Trees • B: Flowers
• C: Vegetables • D: Grain
1 Crore (15 of 15) - Not Timed
In 1992, who became the first sportsperson to be honoured with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award?
• A: Vishwanathan Anand • B: Sachin Tendulkar
• C: Geet Sethi • D: Leander Paes
$1,860,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
During WWII, U.S. soldiers used the first commercial aerosol cans to hold what?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Cleaning fluid • B: Antiseptic
• C: Insecticide • D: Shaving cream
£1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
Which scientific unit is named after an Italian nobleman?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Pascal • B: Ohm
• C: Volt • D: Hertz

2002 WinnersEdit

2003 WinnersEdit

$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
The U.S. icon "Uncle Sam" was based on Samuel Wilson who worked during the War of 1812 as a what?
• A: Meat inspector • B: Mail deliverer
• C: Historian • D: Weapons mechanic
2.000.000 kr (15 of 15)
Who had directed on the film "Lawrence of Arabia" from 1962?
• A: Billy Wilder • B: William Wyler
• C: Robert Wise • D: David Lean
$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
Who did artist Grant Wood use as the model for the farmer in his classic painting "American Gothic"?
• A: Traveling salesman • B: Local sheriff
• C: His dentist • D: His butcher

2004 WinnersEdit

£1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these is not one of the American Triple Crown horse races?
'50:50' and 'Phone a Friend' lifelines used
• A: Arlington Million • B: Belmont Stakes
• C: Kentucky Derby • D: Preakness Stakes

2005 WinnersEdit

$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these popular 60s TV shows premiered first?
• A: Bewitched • B: Get Smart
• C: Hogan's Heroes • D: I Dream of Jeannie
$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
Who was never 'Time' magazine's 'Man of the Year'?
'50:50' lifeline used
• A: Adolf Hitler • B: Ayatollah Khomeini
• C: Joseph Stalin • D: Mao Zedong

2006 WinnersEdit

  • Per Hörberg won 1,000,000 SEK on February 17, 2006. First Swedish winner.
1,000,000 SEK (15 of 15) - Not Timed
In what Chinese city can you visit the Terracotta Army that is guarding Qin Shi Huang's tomb?
• A: Nanjing • B: Beijing
• C: Shanghai • D: Xi'an
£1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
Which boxer was famous for striking the gong in the introduction to J. Arthur Rank films?
• A: Bombardier Billy Wells • B: Freddie Mills
• C: Terry Spinks • D: Don Cockell

2007 WinnersEdit

2008 WinnersEdit

2009 WinnersEdit

₦10,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
Professor Maathai Wangari won the Nobel Prize for which of these?
'Phone A Friend' lifeline used
• A: Literature • B: Economics
• C: Peace • D: Medicine
  • Sam Murray won $1,000,000 on November 11, 2009 during the Million Dollar Tournament.
$1,000,000 (15 of 15) - 3 minutes, 23 seconds
Category: Genetics
According to the Population Reference Bureau, what is the approximate number of people who have ever lived on earth?
• A: 50 billion • B: 100 billion
• C: 1 trillion • D: 5 trillion

2010 WinnersEdit

  • Sharon Cuneta won P2,000,000 on January 9, 2010.
  • Bjørn Lien won KR 1,000,000 on January 19, 2010. First winner in the Hot Seat format.
Kr. 1.000.000 (15 of 15) - 45 Seconds
What is called the nymph who was transformed into a bay laurel?
• A: Filomele • B: Thisbe
• C: Dafen • D: Psyche
1,000,000 zł (12 of 12) - Not Timed
Czesław Mozil is famous for playing on what instrument?
• A: Cornet • B: Accordion
• C: Djembe • D: Xylophone
1,000,000 SEK (15 of 15) - Not Timed (Switched question)
Who was the first woman in space?
'Phone a Friend' lifeline used
• A: Valentina Tereshkova • B: Valentina Volkova
• C: Valentina Koroljova • D: Valentina Komarova

2011 WinnersEdit

€1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
According to Genesis, which was the first action taken by Adam left the Garden of Eden?
'Ask The Audience, 'Phone-A-Friend' and '50:50' lifelines used
• A: He offered sacrifices to God • B: He worked the land
• C: He joined Eve • D: Built a house
Ask the Audience Results: A: 15% • B: 52% • C: 17% • D: 16%

2012 WinnersEdit

2013 WinnersEdit

5 Crore (15 of 15) - Not Timed
Who is the first woman to succesfully climb K2, the world's second highest mountain peak?
• A: Junko Tabei • B: Wanda Rutkiewicz
• C: Tamae Watanabe • D: Chantal Mauduit
3 000 000 rubles (15 of 15) - Not Timed
How many seas are washed by Balkans?
• A: 3 • B: 4
• C: 5 • D: 6
€1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
Which of these animals lays no eggs, but whose young are born alive?
• A: Green Iguana • B: Alpine salamander
• C: Zauneidechse • D: Midwife Toad

2014 WinnersEdit

1,000,000 SEK (15 of 15) - Not Timed
What does the Hawaiian word 'wiki' mean, having given the name for the Internet encyclopedia Wikipedia?
'50:50', 'Ask The Audience' and 'Phone A Friend' lifelines used
• A: Simple • B: Quick
• C: Knowledge • D: Little
Ask the Audience Results: A: 22% • B: 78% • C: 0% • D: 0%
7 Crore (14 of 14) - Not Timed
Who commanded the 'Hector', the first British trading ship to land at Surat?
'Double Dip' lifeline used
• A: Paul Canning • B: William Hawkins
• C: Thomas Roe • D: James Lancaster
€1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
The distance from the German capital Berlin to the center of the earth is approximately the same as that between Berlin and…?
• A: Tokyo • B: Cape Town
• C: Moscow • D: New York

2015 WinnersEdit

€1.538.450 (15 of 15) - 5 seconds
Which of these instrument names is an abbreviation?
• A: Violin • B: Cello
• C: Double bass • D: Guitar
€1.000.000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
How many cubes does the cube designed by Ernö Rubik consist of?
• A: 22 • B: 24
• C: 26 • D: 28

2016 WinnersEdit

AU$1,000,000 (15 of 15) – 45 seconds
Commonly known by his nickname, what was the full name of ‘Banjo’ Paterson?
• A: Albert Burke • B: Andrew Barton
• C: Adam Beaufort • D: Adrian Banks

2017 WinnersEdit

Winners Originally by Fraud, later Stripped WinningsEdit

£1,000,000 (15 of 15) - Not Timed
A number one followed by one hundred zeros is known by what name?
• A: Googol • B: Megatron
• C: Gigabit • D: Nanomole

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