There have been a whopping 32 seasons of Survivor. Hard to believe, isn’t it? Starting in 2000, the show has had quite a few winners and even more losers, and it’s hard to remember them all. Several Survivor winners returned for several seasons to try and relive their former glory, or try to win again. There is something deeply fascinating about watching normal, everyday people trying to survive whatever the wilderness they are dropped in can throw at them. Survivor is a CBS show that has spawned a bunch of international versions as well, including a version from Spain, Norway, and even Russia.
Survivor is a reality show where several contestants live in a completely deserted, uninhabited place for several weeks. Sixteen people, split into tribes, compete for a chance at $1 million dollars. Each season has taken place in a different uninhabited location, like in deserted parts of Thailand or Australia. Each week, a new contestant is eliminated. The Council gets to vote, and those votes decide each week who gets voted off of the island. There are challenges like eating bugs and endurance challenges. The winners of the challenges get immunity or little prizes for their camp. Sometimes they win smaller cash prizes or vehicles.
The reality show has been littered with drama, romance, subterfuge and danger. Many of the castaways have disappeared from the limelight since Survivor, but not all. The show has kept us pinned to our TVs for the last 16 years. So where are all of those Survivor winners now?
15. Aras Baskauskas
Aras Baskauskas won Survivor in 2006 in Panama. Before 2006, the Survivor winner turned down a career as a professional basketball player; his career of choice instead after his big win was milliner! That’s right, the Survivor winner now makes women’s hats for a living. In November 2013, Aras got engaged to the lovely model he met after his win, Christy Peterson. They had their first child together in 2014, a little boy named River. The couple was married in 2015. Aras also competed for title of Survivor winner again in Season 27: Blood VS. Water with his brother Vytas.
14. Parvati Shallow
Parvati Shallow is perhaps the most stubborn of all of the Survivor winners. She competed on a total of three seasons. The only season Parvati has won, however, is Survivor: Micronesia (Season 16) in 2008. Parvati apparently loved being around anything to do with Survivor; in 2014, she also hosted Survivor Live. Now that she’s done with Survivor, Parvati has taken up yoga. She’s a certified instructor. She’s also a keynote speaker, a travel enthusiast, and a blogger. Her Twitter and Instagram feeds are full of yoga, meditation, and exotic foreign locations.
13. Jud Birza
Jud “Fabio” Birza was the youngest Survivor contestant to ever win. In 2010, the young 21 year old brought home the $1 million dollar prize from Survivor: Nicaragua. The goofy yet attractive kid made friends easily, which helped him to bring home the money. After Nicaragua finished, Jud returned to modelling and music. He plays guitar in the band Space Funk Odyssey, which is based In Vienna, California. The band hasn’t been up to much lately, but that doesn’t mean that Jud hasn’t been busy. The Survivor star took gigs modelling for Abercrombie and Fitch. He also appears as the model on the covers of the book City of Lost Souls, in the Mortal Instruments series. He works for the Mother Modeling Agency. He’s also been in a few documentaries and a couple of B-Movies, including 90210 Shark Attack and My Stepbrother is a Vampire!?
12. Rob Mariano
Rob Mariano won Redemption Island, which is season 22 of Survivor. He had tried a total of four times to win, and four was apparently his lucky number. Rob married the woman who beat him in Survivor: All Stars, Amber Brkich. The two are still together, living in Florida. They have three children. Since Survivor, Mariano and his wife has also completed on The Amazing Race. Rob has hosted various TV shows and has his own production company. He even tried his hand at playing professional poker. In 2013, he published a book called The Boston Rob Rulebook, a “compiled a list of personal life lessons.”
11. Tyson Apostol
Survivor: Blood vs. Water (Season 27) winner Tyson Apostol has had a busy last few years! After he won his $1 million dollars as a castaway, him and his longtime girlfriend Rachel Foulger ended up on Marriage Bootcamp for his inability to commit. Tyson finally proposed to her in the middle of the show; after the episode aired in March 2015, the happy couple shared that they were happily married and expecting their first child. Tyson also has a podcast he works for called News AF. Some notable examples are Episode 23: “People getting arrested for overdue video rentals,” and Episode 13: “The Diet Coke Diet.”
10. Todd Herzog
After Todd Herzog won Survivor in China, the 22 year old was on top of the world. Or so it seemed. He dated another Survivor contestant, Spencer Duhm. He tried out being a hairstylist, but that didn’t work out. In 2013, Todd admitted to the world on Dr. Phil that he had alcoholism and was battling with his drinking problems. The reality star intended to keep it secret, but then he received so many messages of support from other alcoholics that he felt the need to tell the world about his struggle. After 112 days sober, Todd relapsed in 2014. He appears to be doing better and is still buddies with fellow China castaway Courtney Yates.
9. Yul Kwon
Yul Kwon won Cook Islands Season 13 of Survivor. He delved into politics after his Survivor win, becoming the Deputy Chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau for the Federal Communications Commission. He served in that position from 2009 to 2011. Heading back to TV, Kwon hosted a TV Documentary called America Revealed. He also was in the South Korean film Ingtoogi, which appears to be about someone beating up internet trolls. He and his wife Sophie had a baby in 2013; they already had a little girl together. The reality star also opened a Red Mango franchise in California.
8. Brian Heidik
Brian Heidik won Survivor: Thailand, bringing home the million dollars. This sleazy winner was one of the most hated castaways ever to be on the show. He retains the most hated role by not only assaulting his wife, but also shooting a puppy with a bow and arrow in 2006. Sounds like a great guy. He was still working in adult films up until 2004. He was also in Hollywood Squares after his stint on Survivor. He divorced his then wife and former Playboy Bunny Charmaine Heidik in 2006, mostly because they couldn’t stop hitting one another. He’s been married and divorced again since and now has at least four kids.
7. Tina Wesson
Tina won the second season of Survivor in Australia in 2001. She came back for All-Stars in 2004 and was the first to lose. In 2013, Tina lost her son Taylor Lee Collins, who was just 25, in a drunk driving accident. The driver, a friend Braylon Davis, is serving two years for involuntary manslaughter. She wrote a book in 2006 called Out Live, Out Laugh, Out Love. Tina Wesson lives in North Carolina, but she spends a lot of time devoted to charity work. After her final 2013 stint on Survivor, where she nearly won again, she pleaded with the viewers to wear their seat belts. If her son had been wearing his seat belt, it could have saved his life.
6. Danni Boatwright
The gorgeous former beauty queen turned into a businesswoman after her win; she opened a boutique in Kansas called Sideline Chic that sells designer merch for ladies. She’s a huge sports fan, and every single one of her social media pages is devoted to her teams. The pretty lady married former Kansas City Chiefs center Casey Weigmann (her second marriage) and they have two children together. She’s done a little TV spokesperson work, but now focuses most of her energy on her store.
5. Amber Brkich
Amber Brkich, now Amber Mariano, married her rival for Survivor All Stars, Rob Mariano. The two got close on the show and fell in love. They are still married and have four little girls. She also competed in The Amazing Race with her hubby. They even had a reality show about themselves in 2007 called Rob and Amber: Against the Odds that never really got off the ground. It doesn’t change the fact that the couple still seems happy after all this time, which is certainly not what anyone was expecting. She was also nominated for Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Female Reality Star.
4. Sandra Diaz-Twine
Sandra Diaz-Twine is one of a kind! She is the only Survivor Contestant to win both seasons she appeared on, getting a grand total of $2 million from the show. She won both Survivor: Pearl Islands and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, earning more money than any other female American reality TV winner. After the star came back to America with her winnings the second time, Sandra returned to her life pretty much the way it was. She quit her job and spends time with her family. With $2 million dollars in the bank, you don’t have to do anything if you don’t want to!
3. Jenna Morasca
Jenna Morasca won Survivor in 2003 and returned for just a few weeks in 2004 for the All-Stars competition. She left to return to her mother, who died eight days after Jenna returned from a long battle with cancer. After that, Jenna kept up with her Survivor fame and hosted Survivor Live web show for about five years. She also modeled for Playboy. Jenna has her own YouTube channel she’s been running since 2014 called TV Junkie Jennaration, based on TV shows. She also, like many of the other Survivor winners, tried her hand at the Amazing Race. She even had a daytime talk show with former boyfriend and fellow Survivor winner Ethan Zohn in 2011 called Everyday Health. She is part of several charities and recently got her Masters in Psychology with a concentration in Substance Abuse.
2. Ethan Zohn
Ethan Zohn is known for winning Survivor in Africa in 2001. He was a professional soccer player at the time. The athlete dated Jenna Morasca for about ten years before the two called it quits in 2013. In 2015, Zohn got engaged to his new fling, Lisa Heywood. They met at a charity event in 2013. The reality star suffered setbacks in the form of cancer; he’s battled and won against Hodgkins lymphoma twice in his life. Ethan has co-written a child’s book; he is also a motivational speaker. Ethan also was on Everyday Health with Jenna Morasca in 2011.
1. Richard Hatch
Richard Hatch may have won a million bucks in the first season of Survivor, but the reality star did not come out on top. Hatch ended up serving jail time for not paying his taxes (51 months!), then returned to jail for another eight months after violating his probation. Hatch also competed in The Celebrity Apprentice. He hosted the web talk series Survivor Live for several years as well. Keeping to his reality roots, he did a stint on Biggest Loser. Hatch claimed in an interview before Biggest Loser that he has been molested as a child. Hatch was last heard from writing a book of his experiences called Reality Matters.