Yul Kwon proved that he had the brains and the brawns when he became the first Asian American winner of Survivor: Cook Islands
. Credited for his strategic game plan and dexterity, he beat out Ozzy Lusth
and Becky Lee
in a 5-4-0 vote. Eventually, his endurance earned him $1,000,000.
Following his triumph on Survivor, he was named one of People magazine’s Sexiest Men of 2006. He also became busy with a lot of charity work, interviews and public appearances. He hosted the Survivor Fiji
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. In an attempt to raise awareness for the need of bone marrow donors, he donated $50,000 of his cash earnings from Survivor: Cook Islands
to the Asian American Donor Program, and released a press conference on behalf of the organization. This Yale Law graduate even came back to his alma matter to advise students about career choices. Most recently, he attended a fashion show called BARE, which was sponsored by Citizens for the World to help raise funds to combat poverty in Asia.
At present, Kwon continues to put his money to good use. The 32-year old resident of San Mateo, California, is still promoting public awareness and campaigns for his favorite causes and charities.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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