Yul Kwon, former 'Survivor: Cook Islands' winner, and wife Sophie Tan have a baby girl By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/27/2013 Yul Kwon is a dad again. degree in Symbolic Systems. “Everyone on the male side, we haven’t seen the female side, are all people who’ve played multiple times. “I thought I made a horrible mistake,” he said. Yul bought time to expand his alliance, adding former Rarotonga members Jonathan, who happened to be the only other person to be sent to Exile Island at the time, and Candice Woodcock. Yul Kwon is an American television host, lawyer, and management consultant who won the winner of the reality TV show Survivor: Cook Islands in 2006. Tribe(s): He attended high school at Northgate High in Walnut Creek, California, where he played varsity water polo and track and graduated valedictorian. Those tokens allowed Yul to purchase an advantage for the final opportunity to return to the game. “I’ve been cramming my butt off trying to understand what’s happened over the last thirteen years. Votes Against: He failed to win both the re-entry duels and finished in 14th place. His social equanimity and keen strategic mindset earned him the title of Sole Survivor in a close 5-4-0 vote. Kwon, still protected by the hidden immunity idol, was also safe. He served a judicial clerkship with Judge Barrington D. Parker, Jr. on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Yul Kwon (born February 14, 1975) is an American television host and former government official, lawyer, and management consultant based in California. He then graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University in 1997 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Symbolic Systems. [31] He became the host of a weekly news show, LinkAsia, which airs on LinkTV. The ceremony was televised and aired on the TV Guide Channel. “What other organization exists besides Facebook that has a global footprint, affects millions or billions of lives, and moves this quickly?”. Kwon is returning to the game for the first time since he won Survivor: Cook Islands, which is the 13th season of the show and aired in the fall of 2006. Parvati and Yul briefly reconnected due to their Cook Islands history, but Yul ensured that history repeated itself by holding together his majority (despite Wendell complicating matters with his offer to flip to Parvati's side for Fire Tokens) and voting Parvati out on Day 16. And now that we have a beautiful baby girl, Genevie, she’s stuck with me. Children: 2 Tribal wins: This service makes no warranties about the precision of the information accessible. He previously won Survivor: Cook Islands. Winners at War As the winner of Survivor: Cook Islands, you’d expect Yul Kwon’s wedding to be over the top and grand, but nope, not the case. Sophie had never seen Survivor and was dragged along by her cousin. Kwon's private sector business experience includes working in Google's business strategy group and as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company[10] and The Trium Group. Duels won: Kwon devised a plan to use the Hidden Immunity Idol to blackmail former ally and mutineer Penner. He did well up until dropping the ball around halfway through the maze, opening the door for Tyson to return at his expense. Hobbies: Hobbies? Whether it be a traditional Korean wedding with richly-hued hanboks, or an offbeat wedding with a quirky theme, we’d love to share your wedding with our readers! Gallery. Hometown: He was unsuccessful following another good effort, resulting in his official elimination from the game. Zodiac Sign: Aquarius [15] He received positive media coverage for his strategic and honest gameplay, as well as for breaking stereotypes about Asian American men in the media. I'm so thankful to my wife, Sophie, for encouraging me to go on this journey again, and to my girls, Genevie and Kaylin, for allowing me to leave in exchange for just one puppy, and a lifetime of scooping poop. Days Lasted: In the end, Kwon beat out Ozzy Lusth and Becky Lee in a 5-4-0 vote to become the Sole Survivor, gaining the votes of Brad Virata, Candice Woodcock, Jonathan Penner, Adam Gentry, and Sundra Oakley. [11], In 2006, Kwon was recruited to participate in the thirteenth season of Survivor, which took place in the Cook Islands. However, he was blindsided one cycle before the merge, as Michele Fitzgerald and Nick Wilson feared his strategic acumen. Kwon and Lee immediately developed a four-person alliance with Jonathan Penner and Candice Woodcock of the old white Rarotonga tribe. Individual wins: I haven’t played recently, I haven’t played the modern version of Survivor. Aside from the fact that Yul and Sophie Tan’s ceremony was televised on the TV Guide Channel, Yul and Sophie’s wedding on April 18, 2009 at Clos LaChance in San Martin, CA, was an intimate, low-key affair. 3 2 Occupation: Product Management Yul made several notable lists in 2006/2007, including People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive, People Magazine's Hottest Bachelors, and Extra TV's Most Eligible Bachelors. I owe my family to Survivor. Birth Name: Yul Kwon Body Build/Type: Athletic Thanks to Sophie and Yul for sharing their wedding with us! Woodcock, who saw this as an opportunity to get back to her old Rarotonga tribemates & friends, Adam Gentry and Parvati Shallow, mutinied to the Rarotonga tribe, and Penner would subsequently follow Woodcock. 39 I come in as an unattached free agent.”. Yul: We actually met through one of my friends from Survivor. Challenge Wins: Finish: [6], Kwon attended college at Stanford University, graduating in 1997 with a B.S. He was also the only person to be exiled once as the others sent to Exile Island were exiled at least three times each. Kwon then attended Stanford University and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in symbolic systems (theoretical computer science). But he also says this is the one Survivor season he always knew he would come back for if he was asked. He has been married to Sophie Tan since 2009. In the next two Tribal Councils, Shallow and Gentry were voted out respectively, propelling the "Aitu 4" into the final 4. Redemption Island I wanted to save this for something good, so here goes… I'm excited to say that after 13 years, I went back on Survivor.