On Sunday, November 29, Chef David Chang, founder of Momofuku, was the first-ever celebrity to win $1 million on the TV game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. Popular in the early 2000s, the game show was recently revived on ABC, with Jimmy Kimmel as host, and contestants include celebrities, who donate their winning to charity, and COVID-19 front-line and essential workers.
The show was originally on British television. Since its start in 1999, only 13 people have ever won the $1M top prize on the American version—and just six on the British version. Chang is now the first celebrity contestant to win the $1M prize.
The $1M that Chang had to answer was: "Although he and his wife never touched a light switch for fear of being shocked, who was the first president to have electricity in the White House?"
Chang luckily still had his Phone-A-Friend lifeline available, and he called ESPN analyst and journalist Mina Kimes. Kimes wasn't entirely sure but, of the four answers provided, guessed Benjamin Harrison. Chang decided to go with it and his bravery paid off: Harrison was the correct answer.
“Having a million dollars right now, in this moment, is a game changer for many, many families,” Chang said at the end of the episode.