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Adam Klein
Contestant Profile
Born: January 15, 1991 (1991-01-15) (age 26)[1]
Hometown: San Francisco, California
Occupation: Homeless Shelter Manager
Survivor Career
Version: United States
Millennials vs. Gen X
Tribe(s): Vanua
► Takali
Finish: Winner
Alliance(s): David's Vinaka Alliance
Challenge Wins: 7
Votes Against: 6
Days Lasted: 39

Adam Scott Klein[2] is the Sole Survivor of Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X.

A self-proclaimed "super duper fan" of the show, Adam began the game on the Millennials tribe, where he found himself in the minority after the first Tribal Council. He ended up in a swing vote position after the tribe switch, and eventually flipped on the Millennials majority, voting out Figgy Figueroa. After the merge, he joined the majority and eventually became a member of David's Vinaka Alliance. Despite being on the wrong side of the numbers following a rock draw tiebreaker in which he took part, as well as finding and misplaying two Hidden Immunity Idols, he successfully managed to take out all the remaining threats, and reached the Final Tribal Council, where his strong strategic and social game-play resulted in a unanimous victory.


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Name: Adam Klein
Age: 25
Current residence: San Francisco, CA
Occupation: Homeless shelter manager
Tribe designation: Vanua (Millennials)
Three words to describe you: Intelligent, confident, and personable.
Hobbies: Board games, poker, browsing the Survivor Subreddit, and travel.
Pet peeves: Bullies, long lines, and smokers.
What does it mean to be a Millennial? Millennials believe that, in this moment, anything is possible. If you have dreams, go after them. If you want to change the world, change it. I don't believe you have to "pay your dues" making copies and fetching coffee before you can be successful—or before you can make a difference. Don't just work harder, work smarter, and make your goals a reality! My dream is to win Survivor and I'm going to make it happen!
Personal claim to fame: As a volunteer, I chaired a Relay For Life event that raised over $135,000 for cancer research and grew in size from about 10 youth participants to over 500. If any of that money helps save my mom's life, then it is, by far, my most important accomplishment.
Inspiration in life: My mom. She is surviving lung cancer and has survivorship in her blood [because] her mom survived Auschwitz. She is incredibly physically fit and otherwise healthy. She can tear up the dance floor—that's where I get my moves!—and she's my best friend and supporter.
If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why? A picture of my family to keep myself grounded and focused, a fake Hidden Immunity Idol because the threat can be just as powerful as the real thing, and a razor because I hate mustaches with a fiery passion.
Survivor contestant you're most like: Spencer Bledsoe (Cagayan, Cambodia). We are both wise beyond our years, can easily play up to the egos of older and stronger players, are strategic thinkers, and are widely underestimated in the game. I also relate to the never-say-die nature and social finesse of Hayden Moss (Blood vs. Water).
Reason for being on Survivor: When I set a goal in life, I achieve it. As an ultimate super-duper fan, winning Survivor is an unrealized goal that I simply must accomplish. I have dreamed of winning Survivor since I was 9 years old, even going so far as to play Survivor online when I was in middle school. The money is secondary, but not unimportant because it would allow me to continue my passion for social justice.
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor? No one is going to fight as hard as I will for that title. I may be—and look—young, I may be small, but my fellow competitors won't know what kind of power punch I pack until they are already knocked out. I will use my youthful charm and energy, combined with my strategic nature to win. I come from a long line of real-life survivors, and I am next.[3]


Adam was excited to be placed on the Millennials tribe. He seemed to be in a good position as the Triforce alliance prompted the formation of a counter alliance that he was a part of. Despite being in a 6-4 advantage, Michelle lead the charge to cause 3 members to flip and join the Triforce in blindsiding Mari, leaving Zeke and Adam on the outs. Both of them were upset with Hannah after Tribal Council despite her wishing to work with them in the future. Now in a vulnerable position, Adam tried to regroup the remnants of the Nerd Alliance and found Vanua's Hidden Immunity Idol.

After the swap, he was put in a tribe with Millennials Figgy and Taylor and Gen Xers Ken and Jessica. At their only Tribal Council visit, knowing how powerful Figgy and Taylor were, Adam took the opportunity to blindside Figgy. This would cause Taylor to target him the rest of the game. Unaware of Taylor's grudge against Adam, Adam confided with Taylor an interest in forming an alliance with him and to target Will. Taylor used this information to turn the merged tribe against Adam. Despite Adam's paranoia after Will won immunity, his alliance protected him and voted out Michelle and Taylor at the beginning of the merge.

After that, the decisions got tougher as sub alliances began jockeying for position.

Voting History

Adam's Voting History
Episode Adam's
Voted Against
1 Vanua Tribe Immune
2 Figgy -
3 Vanua Tribe Immune
4 Vanua Tribe Immune
5 Takali Tribe Immune
6 Figgy -
7 Takali Tribe Immune
8 Michelle Jay, Michelle,
Taylor, Will
9 Taylor Taylor
10 Chris -
11 Zeke;
12 Zeke Individual Immunity
13 Will -
Sunday -
14 Jay -
David -2
David David
Jury Votes
for Adam
Bret, Chris, David, Jay, Jessica,
Michelle, Sunday, Taylor, Will, Zeke
Sole Survivor, Day 39

^1 In Million Dollar Gamble (Part 2), the vote ended with a 5-5 tie between Hannah and Zeke, forcing a revote. Adam did not change his vote on the revote.
^2 In I'm Going for a Million Bucks, Adam used a Hidden Immunity Idol, but did not negate any votes against him.


  • Adam opened a non-profit fundraiser towards cancer research after the death of his mother.[4]


  • Adam was the one who suggested the name Vinaka for the merged tribe.[5]
  • Adam is the first castaway to find and possess the Reward Steal advantage.
  • Adam holds the record for the latest discovery of a Hidden Immunity Idol, finding his second one on Day 37.
  • Adam is currently the youngest winner by date of birth.
  • Adam is the fifth person to win Survivor in an unanimous vote, following Earl Cole, J.T. Thomas, John Cochran, and Jeremy Collins.
    • Adam is tied with Jeremy for the most jury votes in a single season, with ten.
    • Adam has the most total votes against him for a unanimous winner, with six.
  • Adam is the second Sole Survivor to take part in a rock draw tiebreaker, after Tyson Apostol.


Preceded by
Kaôh Rōng
S32 michele t
Michele Fitzgerald
Sole Survivor

Millennials vs. Gen X
S33 adam t
Adam Klein
Succeeded by
Game Changers

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