Get paid for hot dogs? Doesn’t sound too bad.
Well that is until you figure out how many it takes to get the profit. Last year, men’s champion Joey Chestnut ate 75 hot dogs and buns to win his fifth consecutive Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest title, while women’s champion Miki Sudo ate 48.5 to win her seventh in a row.
Sudo won’t be competing in the women this year, but Chestnut is back as a strong favorite to repeat another men’s mustard belt to take home. The winner of the mustard belt for women is much more of a question.
But if you take a belt home with you, it’s nice, leaving with a check is even better. The winners – and each of the top five – will take home money in the annual competition on July 4th.
Below is everything you need to know about the prize money for Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest 2021.
Prize money for Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest
Major League Eating has typically given winners of the men’s and women’s competitions a grand prize of $ 10,000 each, with the remaining eaters receiving incrementally smaller prizes in the top five.
The total prize pool is $ 40,000. This is how the wallet is traditionally divided:
- First place: $ 10,000
- Second place: $ 5,000
- Third place: $ 2,500
- Fourth place: $ 1,500
- Fifth place: $ 1,000
This year 17 men and 13 women are taking part in the event. The eater Michelle Lesko, who is number 9 in the world rankings – the second tallest woman behind Sudo – will be the favorite on the women’s belt. Chestnut is of course considered very likely to be the men’s winner.
What is Joey Chestnut’s net worth?
A professional career in food has done Chestnut well.
The 13-time winner of Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest – not to mention countless other major league eating contests – has a net worth of $ 2 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. According to the website, he can make anywhere from $ 250,000 to $ 500,000 per year by winning competitions and subsequent sponsorship deals.
In addition to his profits and sponsorship money, Chestnutnut its own line of spices for hot dogs, sausages, wings and sandwiches.
Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Past winner past
Chestnut and Sudo both set MLE records at the 2020 event. Chestnut set a personal best of 75 hot dogs and buns to extend its men’s brand, while Sudo finished a women’s record of 48.5 hot dogs and buns to surpass Sonya Thomas, who consumed 45 in 2012.
Chestnut will be back in Coney Island in 2021 to win for the sixth straight year. Sudo takes the year off because she is expecting her first child.
Below are the winners of the 1997 competition.
|year||winner||Eaten hot dogs||time|
|2020 men||Joey Chestnut||75||10 mins.|
|2020 women||Miki Sudo||48.5|
|2019 gentlemen||Joey Chestnut||71||10 mins.|
|2019 women||Miki Sudo||31|
|Men 2018||Joey Chestnut||74||10 mins.|
|2018 women||Miki Sudo||37|
|2017 men||Joey Chestnut||72||10 mins.|
|2017 women||Miki Sudo||41|
|2016 men||Joey Chestnut||70||10 mins.|
|2016 women||Miki Sudo||38.5|
|Men 2015||Matt Stoneie||62||10 mins.|
|2015 women||Miki Sudo||38|
|2014 men||Joey Chestnut||61||10 mins.|
|2014 women||Miki Sudo||34|
|2013 men||Joey Chestnut||69||10 mins.|
|2013 women||Sonja Thomas||36.75|
|2012 men||Joey Chestnut||68||10 mins.|
|2012 women||Sonja Thomas||45|
|2011 gentlemen||Joey Chestnut||62||10 mins.|
|2011 women||Sonja Thomas||40|
|2010||Joey Chestnut||54||10 mins.|
|2009||Joey Chestnut||68||10 mins.|
|2008||Joey Chestnut||59||10 mins.|
|2007||Joey Chestnut||66||12 min.|
|2006||Takeru Kobayashi||53.75||12 min.|
|2005||Takeru Kobayashi||49||12 min.|
|2004||Takeru Kobayashi||53.5||12 min.|
|2003||Takeru Kobayashi||44.5||12 min.|
|2002||Takeru Kobayashi||50.5||12 min.|
|2001||Takeru Kobayashi||50||12 minutes|
|2000||Kazutoyo Arai||25th||12 min.|
|1999||Steve None||21.5||12 min.|
|1998||Hirofumi Nakajima||19th||12 min.|
|1997||Hirofumi Nakajima||24.5||12 min.|