The Rich List (New Zealand game show)

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The Rich List
Genre Game show
Created by 12 Yard
Presented by Jason Gunn
Country of origin New Zealand
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 39
Running time 60 minutes
(including commercials)
Original network TVNZ
Picture format 576i 16:9
Audio format Stereo
Original release 23 June 2007 – Present
External links

The Rich List is a TV ONE New Zealand television game show, which debuted on 23 June 2007 and screens at 8:30PM. The show is hosted by Jason Gunn and is produced by Imagination Television. A second season has screened and a third season screened in November 2008.

How the game works[edit]

Two teams containing two players, who are unknown to each other, play from inside sound proof pods. Then they can discuss and deliberate over answers and tactics with their team mate, without their opponents hearing what their game strategy may be, or how many answers they actually know.

The two teams bid upwards against each other while predicting how many examples of a particular subject they will be able to list. If a team fails to list as many answers as they predicted, the other team wins the round.

The winners of the best of three lists move on to play The Rich List, a new game of list-making where increasing amounts of money are up for grabs, like this:

Right Answers Winnings
3 $5,000
6 $10,000
9 $15,000
12 $25,000
15 $50,000

However a wrong answer at any stage means all money for that rich-list is lost.

Regardless of whether they win $50,000 or nothing at all, as the reigning champions they will return to face new opponents.

International versions include Who Dares Wins presented by Nick Knowles in the UK. Contestants can win up to £50,000+.


Episode # Air Date Lists
1 12 June 2007
2 19 June 2007
3 26 June 2007
4 3 July 2007
5 10 July 2007
6 17 July 2007
7 24 July 2007
8 31 July 2007
  • Actors who have won the 'Best Actor' Oscar since 1970
  • New Zealand daily newspapers
  • Letters in the British game of Scrabble worth one point (Tie breaker)
  • The top 15 new car makes in New Zealand in 2006 (Rich List)
  • Countries ending in the letter 'A'
  • Wimbledon men's and women's singles champions since 1970
  • Feature films that Tom Hanks has appeared in (Rich List)
9 7 August 2007
10 14 August 2007
  • Present day countries with a coastline on the Mediterranean Sea
  • Varieties of pasta
  • All Blacks who have played 50 tests or more (Rich List)
  • Animated Disney feature films (including Pixar)
  • Current ranks in the New Zealand army
  • Sovereign states with flags that are red, white and blue (Rich List)
11 21 August 2007
12 28 August 2007
  • Feature films that Clint Eastwood has appeared in
  • New Zealand bowlers who have taken 50 wickets or more in Test cricket
  • North Island train stations on the main trunk line that the Overlander stops at (Tie breaker)
  • Countries with the letter 'Z' in their name (Rich List)
  • Flavours of chocolate blocks currently made by Cadbury plc
  • Principal villains from the Batmanmovies and the '60's TV series
  • Tracks on the original Saturday Night Fever soundtrack (Tie breaker)
  • The top 20 Whitcoulls best books as voted by New Zealanders (Rich List)
13 4 September 2007


The episode which aired on Tuesday 8 July 2008 and repeated on Boxing Day 2012 contained an error in the final Rich List which caused the winners to lose the list. The list was "Polygons with up to 20 sides". The list as approved by the show excluded all quadrilaterals except quadrilaterals itself, so triangles and quadrilaterals were the only 18 acceptable polygons that did not end in 'gon'. The vagueness of the list as aired on TV1 should have included trapeziums, squares, and other specific polygons.


This is a list of all contestants who have won the preliminary round and have played the Rich List. This also includes any contestants who failed to win any prize money from the Rich List.

Number Contestants Appearance Total winnings No. of Rich Lists played

Total prize money given away: $315,000

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