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David "Dave" Madden (born June 13, 1981) is an American game show contestant, academic competition organizer, and art historian. He is a former 19-day champion on Jeopardy! and holds the fourth-longest streak in Jeopardy history (tied with Jason Zuffranieri and behind Ken Jennings, James Holzhauer, and Julia Collins in this respect). Madden is the founder and executive director of the National History Bee and Bowl, the International History Bee and Bowl, the United States Geography Olympiad, the US Academic Bee and Bowl, the National Science Bee, the National Humanities Bee, the International History Olympiad, and the International Geography Bee. These are all organized under the umbrella organization of International Academic Competitions.

Early life[]

During his time at Ridgewood High School in Ridgewood, New Jersey, he competed on his school's Quiz Bowl team. He attended the National Academic Championship, where he got later named to the Hall of Fame and is one of 19 people named to it in its 25-year-history.

Madden led his Ridgewood team to consecutive titles at the Eighth & Ninth Annual Omar Q. Beckins Academic Challenge Tournaments, an offshoot of the Westchester Academic Challenge of Knowledge Organization, in 1998 and 1999. He was Omar MVP in 1999, after placing second to Sahir Islam of Somers High School. (Sahir was the 1998 Jeopardy! Teen Tournament Champion). David got inducted into the Omar Q. Beckins Hall of Fame in 1999 (one of 19 in the twenty-year-history of Omar).

Madden attended Princeton University, graduating as a Woodrow Wilson School major in 2003. He attended the Free University of Berlin, receiving a Master's Degree in international relations.


Madden made his first appearance on the July 5th, 2005 episode, continuing on a winning streak through September 19, winning a total of nineteen consecutive games and accumulating $432,400. He was defeated by Victoria Groce, a musician from Decatur, Georgia. During the 2006 Tournament of Champions, Madden won his first-round match (defeating the eventual winner of the Tournament, Michael Falk), but failed to win his semifinal match, taking home a consolation prize of $10,000 and bringing his total to $442,400.

Madden had first watched Jeopardy! with a babysitter when he was 11–12 years old. Madden would get the correct response to more clues than his babysitter. Madden claims to have studied a great deal in preparation for the show, which helped him with the hints. Madden's parents did not realize he was going to be on Jeopardy! until his first game aired.

Madden's winning streak of nineteen consecutive games and cash winnings of $432,400 is currently the fifth-highest, after being surpassed by Julia Collins, James Holzhauer, Jason Zuffranieri, and Matt Amodio. He was invited to take part in the 2014 Battle of the Decades tournament, but declined due to contractual issues. He was allowed to participate in the 2019 All-Star Games tournament, becoming a member of Team Brad. He was selected as the 7th pick in the September 2018 draft, becoming a member of Team Brad, led by the all-time US game show winner, Brad Rutter, along with his former Princeton University Quiz Bowl teammate Larissa Kelly, who was the 6th pick in the draft.

Team Brad won their first-round match, and in the final match, won the $1,000,000 grand prize, which was split between the three members. After Madden's share of the achievement, his all-time Jeopardy earnings totaled $773,733; he now ranks the fourth-highest Jeopardy! winner, behind Rutter, Jennings, and Holzhauer.

Work as an academic competition organizer[]

In 2010, he founded the National History Bee and Bowl, two academic quiz competitions for students with a history focus (the Bee is for individual students, the Bowl is for teams). Madden oversees all aspects of NHBB and has expanded the competitions to include colleges and middle schools in the USA and high schools in over twenty foreign countries. The ones outside the USA are known as the International History Bee and Bowl.

In 2012, he organized the National History Bee Middle School Competition, whose National Championships were filmed in May 2012 for broadcast on History.

Also, in 2012, Madden founded the US Geography Olympiad, which serves as the qualifying competition for students in the USA who are looking to attend the International Geography Olympiad. At the 2014 International Geography Olympiad, Madden served as head coach for the American team, which included the overall champion, James Mullen of Cupertino, California.

In 2015, Madden founded the International History Olympiad, which brought 111 students from 14 countries together for its inaugural competition, held at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

In 2016, he founded the United States Academic Bee and Bowl, the National Science Bee, and the National Humanities Bee, all of which are currently directed at students in eighth grade and younger. The inaugural National Championships for all of these events got held in Arlington, Virginia, in May 2016.

In 2017, Madden founded the International Geography Bee is a worldwide geography quiz competition. The inaugural IGB World Championships were held in 2018 in Berlin in conjunction with the 3rd International History Olympiad.

Other work[]

Madden is a co-author of the 2010 catalog raisonné of the American artist Richard Anuszkiewicz.

From July 2007 to February 2008, he hiked the length of the east coast of the United States as a fundraiser for the Fisher House Foundation, which is a charity that provides free accommodations for family members of veterans at American military hospitals.

In 2020, Madden launched the website and fundraising platform, which organizes online quiz evenings on behalf of Democratic candidates for office in the USA.