Kim Powers
S3 Kim Powers
Contestant Profile
Born: December 3, 1971 (1971-12-03) (age 46)
Hometown: Conshohocken, New Jersey
Occupation: Freelance Marketer
Survivor Career
Version: United States
Tribe(s): Samburu
Moto Maji
Finish: 6/16
Alliance(s): Younger Samburu Alliance
Older Samburu Alliance (affiliated)
Challenge Wins: 6
Votes Against: 4
Days Lasted: 33

Kimberly "Kim" Powers Bell is a contestant from Survivor: Africa.


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Kim Powers was born and raised in Bridgewater, New Jersey, where she lived with her family prior to attending college. She graduated from Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications. Currently, she is a freelance marketing executive for an athletic wear company and is living in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia.

Powers's favorite hobbies include running, biking, boxing, growing herbs and vegetables, cooking and entertaining. She describes herself as extroverted, tenacious and competitive.

Kim Powers was engaged to be married for over a year, but less than three weeks before the big day, she called it off. Her birth date is December 3.[1]


Kim Powers was placed on the Samburu tribe. Kim P. didn't like Frank Garrison's military style of leadership on the way to camp. Kim P. was the one to make fire, using the lens of the telescope in the medical kit. Samburu won immunity and fire. However, the tribe was quickly divided by age. The Older Samburu Alliance viewed the younger ones as lazy. Conversely, the Younger Samburu Alliance felt the older ones were overworking and overbearing. Samburu won the next two challenges. In order to prevent a tie, the older alliance tried to sway Silas Gaither. However, Silas chose the younger alliance.

One morning, the young got a rude awakening from the older members, doing camp chores. Kim helped Lindsey Richter make friendship necklaces for themselves, Silas, and Brandon Quinton. Kim P. and Brandon sat out of the Reward Challenge, which the opposing Boran tribe won. During a conversation, Carl Bilancione claimed to own some expensive cars. This caused the younger member to view him as less needing of the money. For the Immunity Challenge, the castaways had to make a Distress Signal. During the challenge, Lindsey collapsed due to dehydration. Linda Spencer walked in on the scene and alerted the older members. Samburu lost immunity because their distress signal was too much like the other villages. At Tribal Council, the vote was a deadlock tie between Lindsey and Carl. Lindsey won the tiebreaker, sending Carl home and giving the younger alliance the majority. After Boran won the next Immunity Challenge, Silas tried to get the older members to vote against Lindsey to make sure she was the only ones with past votes against her. However, they voted against Silas instead. Linda was the one voted out in a 4-3 vote.

After Linda's ouster, there was a heated argument on why Frank and Teresa Cooper had gone against the plan. Kim P. felt that they were punishing them for not telling who was going. Teresa countered that they stuck together because they weren't told who was going out. Later, the tribe got Tree Mail, asking three members to go on a quest. Silas quickly picked himself, Frank, and Teresa to go on the quest. Later on, Kelly GoldsmithLex van den Berghe, and Tom Buchanan from the Boran tribe arrived, claiming they had bad news. They explained that they would be part of Samburu until the merge. This shocked them and set Lindsey in a state of panic. Although they lost the Reward Challenge, the new Samburu won immunity. However, this was because the new Boran stopped trying half way in order to vote out the apparently untrustworthy Silas. Samburu won the next Reward Challenge and a feast. Unfortunately, Kim P. wasn't able to eat as her stomach had shrunk. After Boran won immunity, the original Samburu decided to vote against Tom because he was the least likely to win a nature quiz tiebreaker. However, the original Borans received a signal from Kim Johnson that Lindsey had past votes. Using this, Lindsey was sent home after a deadlock tie.

Brandon started distancing himself from Kim P. to save himself. The tribes merged into the Moto Maji at the next Immunity Challenge. At the Immunity Challenge, Kim P. was the fourth person out. Eventually, Teresa won immunity over Clarence Black. When they arrived at the former Boran camp for the rest of the game, a feast awaited them. Kim P. agreed that Clarence was too much of a physical threat and voted him out. Lex was disturbed that he had gotten two votes and set out find who voted against him. Ethan Zohn won reward and asked Lex to join him. Teresa used the time to reunite the original Samburu tribe. Noticing Lex's treatment of her, Kim P. asked Kelly to join them, but she refused to do so. Ethan won immunity and Lex came to the wrong conclusion that Kelly voted against him (Teresa was the one to do so.) Kelly flipped to Samburu to save herself. However, Brandon couldn't think of being aligned with Frank and voted out Kelly instead. 

Kim P. was shocked by Brandon's decision. For the Reward Challenge, the castaways had to pair up. In a random selection, Kim P. was team up with Tom. The two hit it off immediately. However, they lost in the first round to the eventual winners, Brandon and Frank. On the way to get Tree Mail, Brandon tried to explain his side of the story and that Kelly was playing both sides. Kim P. told him that he could have told her before hand. At the Immunity Challenge, Kim P. was the first person to make fire. However, Lex won immunity. Having lost trust in her friend, Kim P. joined in voting Brandon out. At this point, everyone was becoming lethargic. After Tribal Council, Kim P. had mixed feelings about voting out Brandon, but stated that it needed to be done. At the Survivor Auction, Kim P. brought a hot fudge sundae for 12,500 Kenyan shiliing. Lex won immunity and Frank was unanimously voted out for voicing his political views. At the new Reward Challenge, Kim P. became emotionally seeing her mom on the video. Despite her best efforts, Kim P. lost to Lex. Lex asked Tom to join him on his Safari reward. At the Immunity Challenge, Kim P. was the third person knocked out from the challenge. Teresa tried to convince Kim J. (who was going to be voted out after all of original Samburu) and Tom (who had lost trust in Lex) to vote out Lex. However, the Borans stayed strong and Kim P. was voted out in a 4-2 vote.

At Final Tribal Council, Kim P. revealed that she learned about herself from people like Frank and Tom, who she would never have had the opportunity to learn from. She noted that it was more about herself that what she learned. Kim P. then asked the finalists who on the jury they learned the most about themselves from and who they learned the least from and why. Kim J. said Kim P. herself, which the finalist pointed out was strange. Kim J. said it was because she was able to call off a wedding and being forgiving. She also said that she learned the least from Tom, despite the fun they had. Ethan said that he learned the most from Teresa because she was his safe place and her willpower is inspirational. He said that he learned the least from Kelly because of the lack of relationship, which he regretted. Kim P. voted for Kim J. to be the Sole Survivor because of admiration, though Kim J. lost to Ethan, 5-2.

Voting History

Kim P.'s Voting History
Episode Kim P.'s
Voted Against
Kim P.
1 Samburu Tribe Immune
2 Samburu Tribe Immune
3 Carl;
4 Linda -
5 Samburu Tribe Immune
6 Tom;
7 Clarence -
9 Lex -
10 Brandon -
11 Frank -
12 Lex Ethan, Kim J.,
Lex, Tom
Voted Off, Day 33
Voted For
Sole Survivor
Kim J.

^1 In The Gods Are Angry, the vote ended with a 4-4 tie between Carl and Lindsey, forcing a revote. Kim P. did not change her vote on the revote.
^2 In I'd Never Do It to You, the vote ended with a 3-3 tie between Lindsey and Tom, forcing a revote. Kim P. did not change her vote on the revote.



Kim and her husband, Alex.

  • In early 2002, Kim, along with all of her Africa castmates appeared on Late Night with David Letterman where they would present the top 10.[2]
  • In August 2006, Kim married fellow Survivor alumnus Alex Bell from Survivor: The Amazon in Los Angeles. [3] They currently reside in San Francisco, California and both also work for Backroads travel company.
    • On January 9, 2010, both attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party. [4]
    • Kim and Alex adopted a girl named Bella.[5]


  • Kim, along with Kim Johnson, is the first contestant to compete on a season with someone who has the same first name.
    • They are also the second highest ranking member of original tribes.
  • Kim's luxury item was a string necklace.