The Rich List (U.S. game show)

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The Rich List
Genre Game show
Created by Jim Cannon
Andy Culpin
Sam Pollard
David Young
Directed by Bob Levy
Presented by Eamonn Holmes
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 6 (5 unaired)
Executive producer(s) David Young
Mike Beale
Andy Culpin
Original network Fox
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Original release November 1, 2006 (2006-11-01)
For other versions of the show, see The Rich List (disambiguation).

The Rich List is an American television game show on Fox, that aired its only episode on November 1, 2006 at 9PM ET / PT. The show was then canceled two days later by Fox after rating poorly in comparison to its slot competitors, Lost (on ABC) and CBS's Criminal Minds. It was produced by the British company 12 Yard, whose main creative team devised and produced Weakest Link and Dog Eat Dog. It featured competitors making lists of things, such as ABBA songs or Steven Spielberg movies, with the winning team being the one that could name the most. British television presenter Eamonn Holmes was the host.

In the episode, Holmes stated, "Our top prize is so big...well, we don't have a top prize!"

Despite its failure, two and a half years later, a revised version aired on GSN under the title The Money List, with Fred Roggin hosting.

Main game[edit]

Two teams of two players each competed. The teams were placed in separate soundproof isolation booths, with audio that could be turned on or off by the host, much like the Twenty-One game show. He would announce the category for the list, such as "Tom Cruise Movies" or "Top 50 Broadway Shows of All Time," and the teams would take turns bidding on how many they thought they could name.

The host would switch the audio on and off between booths as the bidding continued, then turn them both on when one team dared the other to fulfill the bid. That team would then need to come up with that many correct answers in a row in order to win the list. One mistake would award it to their opponents.

The first team to win two lists won the game and went on to the bonus round.


If each team won one list, a sudden death tiebreaker was played. The host would give the category, both booths were switched on, and the teams took turns giving one answer at a time. In order to win the list and the game, one team would have to give a correct answer while their opponents missed.

Bonus Round[edit]

The winning team was given a new category by Holmes and had the chance to supply up to 15 right answers. Winnings increased after every third one as shown in the table below.

Right Answers Winnings
3 $10,000
6 $25,000
9 $75,000
12 $150,000
15 $250,000

If a wrong answer was given at any time, the team would lose all accumulated money for that bonus round, but previous winnings were safe. After every third answer, they could choose to stop (keeping all money won so far) or go on. Regardless of the outcome, they would have returned to play against a new pair of opponents; only a loss in the main game could have eliminated the champions.

Contestants and their winnings[edit]

Number Contestants Appearance Total winnings No. of Rich Lists played
1 Ray Barnhart & Bill May November 1, 2006 $175,000 2

Past lists[edit]

Episode # Air Date Lists
1 November 1, 2006

Tom Cruise movies

Books or short stories by Stephen King

People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive Sudden Death

Best Picture Oscar winners The Rich List

Top 50 Broadway shows

America's 50 most read daily newspapers

Animated Disney Films theatrically released including Pixar The Rich List

International versions[edit]

  • Fox promos for The Rich List in the weeks leading up to its debut had mentioned that the show was the most addicting game show to come out of the UK since Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. However, despite being created by a British group, The Rich List had not then been televised in Britain (the US version was first to air). Before the US version was announced, Holmes did host a pilot for ITV, but the show was not picked up. It later aired as a tie-in for the UK national lottery on BBC One under the title Who Dares Wins, hosted by Nick Knowles.
  • In Australia, Seven Network picked up the rights to the show and announced plans to air a local version before the US version premiered. The program is hosted by Deal or No Deal host Andrew O'Keefe. The pilot episode was taped on October 18, 2006. The show began taping episodes for air on December 11, 2006 and auditions for contestants for the show continue. The money amounts for the final round are the same as on the US show, except in Australian dollars. The show premiered on January 29, 2007.
  • In Germany, The Rich List is produced for the German TV channel Sat.1. Kai Pflaume is the host. The format and rules appear to be identical to those on the US and Australian versions, although the prize values for the bonus list are less (the top prize for completing the bonus list is 100,000). The show premiered as a three-night event on May 26, 2007, and will now run Saturdays and Sundays at 7:15PM.[1]
  • In New Zealand, The Rich List is produced for TVNZ and airs on TV ONE. Applications for the show were opened at the beginning of April 2007. The grand prize for completing the bonus list is NZ$50,000. The host is Jason Gunn.
Country Local Name Host Channel Year Aired Top Prize
 Australia The Rich List Andrew O'Keefe Seven Network 2007-2009 $250,000
 France La Liste gagnante
The Winner List
Patrice Laffont France 3 2009 €5,000
 Germany Rich List - Jede Antwort zählt
Rich List - Every Answer Counts
Kai Pflaume Sat.1 2007–2008 €100,000
 Greece H Αiσтα
The List
Christos Ferentinos ANT1 2008
 New Zealand The Rich List Jason Gunn TV ONE 2007–present $50,000
 Spain La Lista
The List
Daniel Domenjó(2008-2010)
Carlos Sobera(2010-present)
TVE 2008–present €25,000
 United Kingdom Who Dares Wins Nick Knowles BBC One 2007–present £50,000
 United States The Rich List Eammon Holmes FOX 11/01/2006 $250,000
The Money List Fred Roggin GSN 2009 $50,000


After only one episode with a 1.5/4 rating (4 million viewers),[2] the show was pulled from its time slot, to be replaced by a special new episode of The O.C. the following week, which struggled the next night during its season premiere.[3] The Rich List became the second U.S. program in the 2006 calendar year (after ABC's Emily's Reasons Why Not in January), and the first of the 2006-07 television season, to be canceled after a single telecast.


Despite its flaws, the show earned a revival for GSN under the title The Money List, and premiered on June 13, 2009. Pilot episodes of the series were taped in London on the set of Who Dares Wins at The London Studios from August 27 to 30, 2008 with sports commentator Fred Roggin as host. The top prize for this version is US $50,000, which is the same top prize amount as the UK and New Zealand versions (the only difference is that the UK's version is in pounds sterling, while New Zealand's version is in New Zealand dollars.[4]) The revival ended on August 15, 2009 after one season.


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