Life After Survivor: 10 Winners Tell All
RICHARD HATCH: SERVED TIME IN PRISON
The show's very first winner, Survivor: Borneo's Hatch, spent nearly three years in federal prison for failing to pay taxes on his $1 million prize. The legal fees and missed work "more than wiped out the money," he says. After a stint on Celebrity Apprentice, Hatch, 51, shopped around two reality shows; one about boating, the other about his family. "I'm doing well," he told PEOPLE at this weekend's Lexin Capital-sponsored Hearts of Reality event in Celebration, Fla., which benefits the charity Give Kids the World. "I have a lot going on. I've got a great family. I've been with a wonderful man since 2003. I'm happy."
TINA WESSON: TEACHES SURVIVAL CLASSES
After building a dream cabin in the woods of North Carolina, Australian Outback contestant Wesson, 52, has lived modestly, teaching occasional outdoor survival classes. "Survivor was the greatest experience," she says. "It was never about the money. It was about the adventure."
SANDRA DIAZ-TWINE: RAISING TWO TEENS
"I don't do a damn thing," laughs Survivor's only two-time winner (she appeared on the Pearl Islands and Heroes vs. Villains editions). With $2 million in prize money, Diaz-Twine, 38, lives "comfortably" in North Carolina. Her husband, Marcus, is on his fourth tour in Afghanistan, while Diaz-Twine is mom to her two children, ages 15 and 17. "I'd play Survivor again," she says, "and I'd probably win."
CHRIS DAUGHERTY: BUILT A HOUSE
"Everyone said my life would change, but life returned to normal," says Vanuatu's Daugherty, 41, who used his winnings to build a house in Ohio. "I work as a project inspector for the Department of Transportation. I have the same friends, live in the same town and am really happy with where I am."
TOM WESTMAN: BECAME AN INSURANCE SALESMAN
After winning the million, Palau's Westman, 48, retired from his job as a firefighter and began selling insurance. "I deal in group benefits," he says. "I don't generally tell people I'm from Survivor," he laughs. "I want them to know I'm an honest guy, and saying I won Survivor will make them think I'm a backstabber."
DANNI BOATWRIGHT: LAUNCHED A CLOTHING LABEL
Following her victory in Guatemala, Boatwright, 37, married and had two sons, ages 4 and 19 months. "Winning a million dollars is wonderful, of course, but I still live a very normal life." She has started a sports clothing label called Sideline Chic. And if the opportunity presented itself, she'd compete again. "Maybe an all-winners edition," she says. "Like The Hunger Games."
ARAS BASKAUSKAS: RECORDED AN ALBUM
After paying off his parents' mortgage, Panama's Baskauskas, 30, made some instructional yoga videos and took up music, renaming himself "Odd Us" and releasing his first album, The Tree and the River, in December. "Survivor opened up a lot of doors," he says, "but I know some have preconceived notions of reality contestants. I just hope people take my music seriously."
TODD HERZOG: WAITS TABLES
The youngest male winner, China contestant Herzog found love within the Survivor family, dating Tocantins contestant Spencer Duhm. "I took a few years off," says Herzog, 27, "and now I'm waiting tables in Orlando. Customers say, 'I know you from somewhere,' but I never tell them from where. They're gonna leave a lousy tip if they know I won a million dollars."
BOB CROWLEY: RETIRED & IS BUILDING A YURT
Crowley, 61, retired from his career as a science teacher with the $1.1 million prize from his Gabon adventure. (He won an extra $100,000 as a fan favorite.) Now he and his son are building a Mongolian yurt – a tentlike dwelling – in Maine. "It was tremendously fun," he says about his time on the show, "and a learning experience. I don't ever want to stop learning."
KIM SPRADLIN: GETTING HITCHED
The latest winner, One World's Spradlin, has yet to make her big splurge. "I really haven't bought anything," says the bridal shop owner. "I've been really busy." One of the things keeping her busy: fiancé Bryan Wolfe, who presented her with a vintage engagement ring after she returned from Samoa (no wedding date has been set). As for whether she'd do Survivor again, Spradlin, 29, says, "Are you kidding? Absolutely!"