All About Nikko and Gigi

Vanna White is one proud mom.

The television personality is the mother of two children: Nicholas “Nikko” Santo Pietro, 30, and Giovanna “Gigi” Santo Pietro, 26. White shares her son and daughter with her ex-husband, George Santo Pietro, whom she was married to from 1990 to 2002.

Despite holding her role as the beloved co-host of Wheel of Fortune since 1982, she described being a mom as her “favorite job” during a 2007 interview with Family Circle.

“Your whole life changes after you have children,” she said. “You never sleep soundly.  You always have one eye open.  You’re constantly worrying about their safety.  But I wouldn’t change a thing. Giovanna and Nicholas have brought so much love and joy into my life — more than I could have ever imagined.”

Welcoming Nikko and Gigi into her life was especially meaningful as White previously experienced a miscarriage. Two years after she and Santo Pietro wed, White announced her pregnancy through a puzzle on an episode of Wheel of Fortune.

However, one week later, she miscarried, telling PEOPLE in an October 2019 interview, “I so wanted to be pregnant and have a baby, so then when I finally got pregnant, I wanted to tell the world immediately.”

“Obviously I lost the baby, which was devastating after announcing it,” she added. “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.”

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Read on to learn more about Vanna White’s children, Nikko and Gigi.

Nicholas “Nikko” Santo Pietro, 30

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White and Santo Pietro’s first child, son Nikko, was born on June 10, 1994.

After graduating from high school, Nikko studied business at the University of Arizona for six months before ultimately leaving the university, as he wrote on his website. He eventually went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in agriculture sciences from Oregon State University, graduating summa cum laude.

On his LinkedIn profile, Nikko cited his childhood and upbringing as the inspiration behind his career change, explaining that he grew up gardening in Los Angeles and that his family had “emphasized growing food at home.”

In the early days of his career, Nikko held an internship at Oshala Farm, where he lived in an on-site cabin to learn about medicinal herbs. He later moved to the Virgin Islands as a volunteer, living at a sustainable bed and breakfast where he continued his studies of agriculture. While there, he helped create and manage garden plots on-site that grew produce to feed the guests. He then went on to replicate this success at a friend’s farm in Missouri, where he planted an orchard, started an apiary and created a more sustainable process for the farm.

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Before moving back to L.A. to serve as a business development and special projects manager at Melissa’s Produce, he was also the owner of a sourdough bakery in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Nikko has a host of passions and hobbies outside of gardening, ranging from playing piano and cooking, which he documents on social media. As an adult, Nikko has also rekindled his teenage passion for art. Today, he sells his artwork on his website, including splatter paintings and other pieces of work painted on canvas.

In 2019, Nikko spent nearly three months traveling Europe. He documented his trip on social media, capturing moments from his time in France, Switzerland, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic.

Over the years, White has shared several glimpses into her and Nikko’s close bond. In 2019, the Wheel of Fortune star shared a photo of her and her son spending time together on Twitter, captioned: “Hanging with my boy!!! #inthecountry #love.” The post quickly went viral, with fans commenting about how handsome Nikko was.

The following year, White shared another photo from one of their “hangs,” this one featuring their cat Stella.

To celebrate her son’s 29th birthday in June 2023, the proud mom shared a photo of Nikko looking handsome in a tux. She captioned the photo, “Happy 29th Birthday” to the most amazing son a mother could ever have! I love you! ❤️.”

Giovanna “Gigi” Santo Pietro, 26

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White’s second child with Santo Pietro, daughter Gigi, was born on July 1, 1997.

Growing up, White was very involved with Gigi’s schooling, telling Family Circle in 2007 that she was serving as the “class mother” that year.

“I’m planning a potluck dinner for parents so they can get to know one another. Next week we’re assembling calendars for the kids to decorate for Grandparents’ Day. I also carpool and do some baking for bake sales and parties,” she said of her responsibilities. “Kids grow up so fast, and I don’t want to miss a thing! Plus, I enjoy it.”

For high school, Gigi attended The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, California, before going on to study photography at New York University. Her digital resume showcases a host of her creative experience, including shooting senior portraits at her alma mater, producing headshots for actors and working as an assistant photographer for a Redbook magazine cover shoot.

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Since graduating college, Gigi has pivoted to a different artistic medium — tattooing. She’s an artist at Lincoln Tattoo Company in Los Angeles and her Instagram feed is dedicated to displaying her work.

“I said, ‘Gigi, why tattooing?” She goes, ‘Mom, my art is on someone’s body for the rest of their lives.’ I was like, ‘That’s pretty cool,’ ” White told PEOPLE in October 2023 when talking about her daughter’s chosen profession. “You have to be so good and confident. You can’t mess up. She absolutely loves it. I’m so, so proud of her.”

The Wheel of Fortune star added that she’s open to getting inked by Gigi.

“I want to have matching hearts, where she’ll do a little heart on me and she’ll do one on herself. I feel like I need to do that because it’s her and it would be her on me,” she said.

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