Survivor 40: The Returning Winners Then and Now — and What to Remember from Their Games
Amber Mariano (Winner, All-Stars)
Amber was just 22 years old when she made her Survivor debut on season 2 in 2001, finishing sixth. Returning for All-Stars six seasons later, her strategy to buddy up with Rob Mariano proved effective: she narrowly beat him to win the million dollars, and after falling in love on the island, the pair got married and now have four daughters.
Ethan Zohn (Winner, Africa)
In 2002, Ethan walked away the champion on season 3, Africa, and proved that good guys can win the game. His stint on All-Stars did not go as well, finishing 11th after being targeted for being a former winner. Since he played last, he's survived cancer twice and tied the knot interior designer Lisa Heywood in 2016.
Rob 'Boston Rob' Mariano (Winner, Redemption Island)
"Boston Rob" has appared on the show more than anyone: he played on Marquesas, All-Stars, and Heroes vs. Villains before he finally won on Redemption Island in 2011, playing one of the most dominant games ever. The father of four also served as a mentor alongside Sandra Diaz-Twine on Island of the Idols.
Sandra Diaz-Twine (Winner, Pearl Islands and Heroes vs. Villains)
Sandra – for now — is the show's only two-time winner, claiming victory on Pearl Islands in 2003 and Heroes vs. Villains in 2010. She also had an impressive showing in Game Changers in 2017, despite the massive target on her back, and added plenty of entertainment on Island of the Idols last year as a mentor with Boston Rob.
Danni Boatwright (Winner, Guatemala)
Yul Kwon (Winner, Cook Islands)
Yul earned a reputation as being one of the smartest people to play the game after he strategized to victory on Cook Islands in 2006. He is now married with two kids and boasts an impressive career, having worked at Facebook and the FCC.
Parvati Shallow (Winner, Fans vs. Favorites)
One of the most successful players ever, Parvati finished sixth on Cook Islands before she won Fans vs. Favorites in 2008 by leading an all-female alliance that pulled off incredible blindsides. She again played an impressive game on Heroes vs. Villains, narrowly losing to Sandra. She is now married to Survivor: Samoa's John Fincher and they have a daughter.
Tyson Apostol (Winner, Blood vs. Water)
After losing on Tocantins and Heroes vs. Villains, Tyson competed on Blood vs. Water with his then-girlfriend Rachel Foulger in 2013. While Rachel was voted out early, he went out to dominate and win the whole game. He and Rachel got married in 2015 and now have two children together.
Sophie Clarke (Winner, South Pacific)
Kim Spradlin-Wolfe (Winner, One World)
Regarded as one of the best players ever, Kim dominated One World in 2012 by leading an all-female alliance and winning four individual immunity challenges. She is now married and has three children, all born within 28 months of each other.
Denise Stapley (Winner, Philippines)
Denise, a sex therapist, made Survivor history on season 25 when she attended — and survivived — every single tribal council to claim victory. Her best move arguably came when she betrayed her closest ally, Malcolm Freberg, at the opportune moment.
Tony Vlachos (Winner, Cagayan)
Police officer Tony's crazy antics of finding idols and blindsiding his allies earned him the win on Cagayan in 2014, regarded as one of the series' best seasons. His return in Game Changers, however, went awry, and he was voted out second.
Sarah Lacina (Winner, Game Changers)
Natalie Anderson (Winner, San Juan del Sur)
After Natalie's twin sister Nadiya was voted off first on San Juan del Sur in 2014, she played with no regrets, making big moves and blindsiding allies along the way. Come final three, it was enough to secure her a much-deserved win.
Jeremy Collins (Winner, Second Chance)
Jeremy, a close ally of Natalie's on San Juan del Sur, was voted off for posing too big of a threat. But on Second Chance, he altered his stategy by using the bigger targets as "meat shields," and earned all 10 jury votes to win the game. Since then, he and his wife Val have doubled their family, welcoming two more chilren.
Michele Fitzgerald (Winner, Kaoh Rong)
Michele proved on season 32 that the social game matters most by forming close bonds with the cast, which helped her make it to the end of the game. Along with two individual challenge wins under her belt, Michele was applauded by the jury and received enough votes to edge out Aubry Bracco for the win.
Adam Klein (Winner, Millennials vs. Gen X)
Ben Driebergen (Winner, Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers)
Ben, a Marine Corps veteran, was a true underdog on season 35 as he successfully played idols at three consecutive tribal councils to survive. After winning the final four firemaking challenge, Ben went on to earn enough jury votes to triumph at the end.
Wendell Holland (Winner, Ghost Island)
Wendell's alliance with Domenick Abbate proved to be one of the most impressive partnerships in Survivor history as the two dominated until the end on Survivor: Ghost Island in 2018. After the final vote came down to the first-ever tie, Wendell finished on top after third place finisher Laurel Johnson gave him her vote for the win.
Nick Wilson (Winner, David vs. Goliath)
Nick, the most recent champion to compete on Winners at War, used his Southern charm and knowlege of the game to help his alliance from the David tribe orchestrate many impressive blindsides. Up against two Goliath tribe members in the end, Nick's underdog story helped him walk away as the $1 million winner on David vs. Goliath in 2018.
Survivor: Winners at War premieres Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.