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Who is George Santo Pietro? Meet Vanna White’s Ex-Husband

The Wheel of Fortune star Vanna White recently celebrated 40 years on the hit show. She has been a part of the show for the last 40 years with her co-host Pat Sajak which is a big deal in itself.

Vanna is a beloved TV personality who has been the hostess of the game show Wheel of Fortune, for a long time now. Over the years, she has been the one responsible for revealing letters on the puzzles.

Vanna White’s love life explored

When we put some light on the personal life of the TV star, Vanna has been in a few public relationships during her time on the show. For the past decade, she has been in a committed relationship with John Donaldson, who has truly made her fall head over heels in love with him.

Back in the 1980s, White dated Playgirl centerfold/Chippendales-dancer-turned-actor John Gibson, and the pair eventually got engaged but sadly Gibson passed away in a plane crash in the year 1986.

Later on, White told People magazine, “I heard from so many people who had shared the same experience of losing someone instantly in an accident, and that really helped me. I didn’t feel like I was alone.”

Soon after, the Wheel of Fortune co-host moved on in her life and she tied the knot with restaurant owner George Santo Pietro in 1990. The pair exchanged their vows in December 1990 and got divorced in November 2002. Read on to know more about Vanna White’s ex-husband George Santo Pietro.

Here’s everything you need to know about Vanna White’s ex-husband George Santo Pietro

For those of you who are unaware, let us share with you, Vanna White’s ex-husband George Santo Pietro is a restaurant owner. In addition to this, he is also an American real estate developer, who kicked off his career as a film director.

According to his IMDB page, George was born on December 12, 1946, in Beverly Hills, California, United States. At the moment, he is 76 years old. In the past, he has worked on a few films such as Muppets Most Wanted, The Good Place, and Think Like A Man.

Throughout the course of his career as a film director, George has worked on many TV shows like L.A. Doctors, True Blood, Buffy The Vampire Slayers, Alias and Pushing Daisies, The Big Bang Theory, and Two And A Half Men.

When did Vanna White and George Santo Pietro tie the knot?

Vanna White and George Santo Pietro walked down the aisle in December 1990. The two of them pulled the plug on their romance after 12 years of marriage. They got divorced in the year 2002.

As of this moment, neither Vanna White nor her ex-husband George has spilled the beans on their relationship. Back in the day, the exes managed to keep their romance away from the flashing cameras.

How many kids do Vanna and George have?

The former couple shares two children: a boy and a girl. Vanna and her ex-husband George are proud parents of two. Vanna revealed that she and her then-husband George were expecting their first child together during a puzzle on Wheel in 1992, but unfortunately she suffered a miscarriage soon after.

In a 2019 interview with People magazine, Vanna said, “Obviously I lost the baby, which was devastating after announcing it. The good news is I was able to get pregnant again and had two beautiful, healthy children. But losing a child — there’s nothing good about that.”

Vanna didn’t lose hope. She and her ex-husband George welcomed their first child together, a son, Nicholas (most known by his nickname Niko), in the year 1994. Right now, Niko is 28 years old.

Santo Pietro and his ex-wife Vanna White’s second child joined them earthside nearly three years later. Vanna gave birth to her and George’s second child, a daughter named Giovanna in 1997. Currently, Gigi is 25 years old.

After her divorce from George Santo Pietro, Vanna began dating Southern California businessman Michael Kaye. The pair got engaged but they never got married. They called it quits after 2 years of dating from 2004 to 2006.

Who is Vanna White dating right now?

At the moment, Vanna is in a happy relationship with John Donaldson. The two of them have been dating since the year 2012 and we must say, they are going pretty strong. White and Donaldson started hanging out together in the year 2012.

During a 2019 interview with Closer Weekly, the game show personality spilled the beans on her ideal date night with her beau John Donaldson and she said, “It would be a very simple dinner with a bottle of wine. At home or at a restaurant, you know. As long as I’m not cooking!”

The couple seems to have a good relationship. It looks like John Donaldson gets along well with Vanna’s two kids Niko and Gigi. Over the last couple of years, White has posted a few pictures of herself with John and her grownup kids on the social media platform Instagram.

In a 2016 interview with Closer, Vanna raved over her beau John and said, “He is kind, understanding, and lets me be me. Today I am happy just the way things are. The biggest surprise to my fans is probably how simple I live in real life.”

What does John Donaldson do for a living?

John Donaldson is a contractor by profession. He has been in the business world for more than 30 years now. According to the official website of his business, he is the owner of a contracting couple which he started in 1992 and formally incorporated in 1998.

As a contractor, John has worked on homes for many stars from Hollywood such as Richard Dreyfuss and Dan Akroyd. He has got a set of skills that are apt for a vast variety of jobs.

His website says, “For more than two decades JDC has been trusted by individuals, families and institutions throughout Southern and Northern California to complete a variety of residential property renovations, from custom single family homes to apartment communities ranging from 100 to 600 units.”

Do you think Vanna White and her ex-husband George Santo Pietro were not a perfect match for each other? Kindly let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. Don’t forget to stay tuned with us for the latest updates from the world of showbiz.

Meenal Mehta
Hi, I am Meenal. I'm a travel enthusiast, a movie buff and a cricket fan all wrapped in one. I love to capture moments through my words. Writing is my happy space, it has been a great way of putting all my thoughts out and feel liberated.


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