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Earl Cole
S14 Earl Cole
Contestant Profile
Birth Date April 9, 1971 (1971-04-09) (age 43)
Hometown Santa Monica, California
Occupation Ad Executive


Tribe(s) ██ Ravu
██ Bula Bula
Placement Winner
Alliance(s) Syndicate Alliance
Challenge(s) Won 6
Vote(s) Against 1
Day(s) Lasted 39

Earl Cole is the Sole Survivor of Survivor: Fiji.

Having agreed to appear on the show two days prior to the filming, he became the first person to win the jury vote unanimously.

Profile Edit

Earl attended business school at the University of Washington in Seattle and received a National Scholastic Achievement Award before moving to Southern California. He is currently a Senior Advertising Executive who creates and manages new media strategies, brand marketing and advertising budgets for major accounts. He formerly worked as a marketing manager at a cable company, a sales analyst for a film company and a writer’s assistant for a television comedy series.

In addition, Cole also works as a composer and is an accomplished musician. He plays multiple instruments (piano, saxophone, guitar, violin… and a little bit of drums). He also enjoys playing chess, hiking, watching movies, billiards and playing basketball. He considers himself to be very intelligent, creative, athletic and confident, with a witty sense of humor. He is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Earl currently resides in Santa Monica, California. His birth date is April 9, 1971.

Survivor: FijiEdit

Voting HistoryEdit

Earl's Voting History
Episode Earl's
Voted Against
1 Jessica -
2 In Exile Island
3 Sylvia Rita
4 No Tribal Council
Ravu Tribe Immune
5 Rita -
6 Moto Tribe Immune
7 Moto Tribe Immune
8 Moto Tribe Immune
9 Ineligible
10 Edgardo -
11 Alex -
12 Alex -
13 Stacy -
14 Boo -
Yau-Man -
Jury Votes
for Earl
Alex, Boo, Edgardo, Lisi, Michelle,
Mookie, Rocky, Stacy, Yau-Man
Sole Survivor, Day 39


  • Cole has an endowment with the University of Kansas Medical Center, where he established the Earl Cole Fund, which is a charitable foundation for children with Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease (a hip bone disease Cole suffered from as a child).


  • Earl is the first person to win in a unanimous Jury vote.
    • He would later be followed by J.T. Thomas and John Cochran
    • He is the only winner to win in a unanimous Jury vote and not play a "Perfect Game".
      • Rita Verreos's vote for Earl at the third Tribal Council prevented Earl from having the first "perfect game" of Survivor.
    • He is the only player to receive 9 jury votes in one season.
  • Earl is the first African-American male contestant to win Survivor (the first African-American to win is Vecepia Towery on Survivor: Marquesas).
  • Earl is the second player to play a Hidden Immunity Idol when it was not necessary, following Alex Angarita, who had done it earlier in the season.
  • Earl never saw Survivor and hardly knew what it was when he got recruited to be on Survivor: Fiji.
  • Earl is one of six Sole Survivors (along with Tina Wesson, Sandra Diaz-Twine, Todd Herzog, Yul Kwon, and  Natalie White to win Survivor without winning Individual Immunity.
  • Earl is the fourth winner to never win an individual challenge.
  • Earl was asked to appear on Survivor: Micronesia, but he declined.
  • Earl said in an interview he used his winnings to "Travel the World."
  • Earl was a part of the first all African American final three.
  • Earl is the third winner to be on every tribe of his season.


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Preceded by
Yul Kwon
Sole Survivor Titleholder
Succeeded by
Todd Herzog
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