Earl Cole

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Earl Cole
Born (1971-04-09) April 9, 1971 (age 45)
Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.
Residence Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Alma mater Sumner Academy of Arts & Science, Kansas City, KS, U.S.
Occupation Entrepreneur, TV Personality, Writer, Producer, Composer
Television Survivor: Fiji (winner)

Earl Cole (born April 9, 1971 in Kansas City, Kansas) was the $1,000,000 winner of the reality television series Survivor: Fiji. He is an entrepreneur, producer, philanthropist and former California advertising executive.[1]

Survivor: Fiji[edit]

Cole joined the 18 other contestants of Survivor: Fiji never having watched the show. He was asked to be on Survivor only two days before it started shooting.[citation needed] Upon arriving in Fiji, he identified Yau-Man Chan as a person similar to himself with the best combination of intelligence and integrity and formed an alliance with Chan that lasted until the final four contestants. Earl became the strategic leader of the core Ravu Alliance, where he targeted weak links: Jessica deBen and Sylvia Kwan (he was not there for the Tribal Council where Erica Durousseau was voted out). His tribe was granted a reprieve, when Moto chose to go to Tribal Council. His alliance returned to Tribal Council in the next episode where Rita Verreos was voted off. In a tribal swap, Yau-Man, Michelle Yi, and himself were moved to the Moto beach with Stacy Kimball, Kenward "Boo" Bernis, and Cassandra Franklin. He lost Michelle at the merge, when she was at Tribal Council alone. At the Final Nine, Earl was able to recruit the original Moto outsiders: Cassandra and Andria (Dre) "Dreamz" Herd, and New Moto outsiders: Stacy and Boo. The Alliance of Six picked off the Horsemen: Edgardo Rivera, Mookie Lee, and finally Alex Angarita. A coup started by Dreamz to evict Yau Man, failed and Stacy was voted out (via Immunity Idol). Yau-Man won Immunity on Day 37, and Boo was voted off. They cooperated over the course of the game to discover two hidden immunity idols from information that they discovered on several independent visits to Exile Island. Cole visited Exile Island more than anyone that season (4 total). When Dreamz reneged on a deal for immunity at the final Tribal Council and Chan was eliminated, Cole immediately became the jury's unanimous vote to become the 14th "Sole Survivor."[1] Cole made it through the entire season never winning an individual immunity, having had only one Tribal Council vote cast against him. Cole became the first unanimous winner of Survivor, with a vote of 9–0–0.

After Survivor: Fiji[edit]

Cole has hosted or appeared on several talk shows, including CBS's The Early Show,[2] Live with Regis and Kelly,[3] BET's 106 & Park and MTV Fuse. He was also voted as one of People's Sexiest Bachelors in 2007,[4] and also hosted shows on the TV Guide Channel, a Canadian reality show in 2009 and the Style Network in 2010.[citation needed] He has traveled to more than 40 countries and has been featured in various domestic and international magazines from Australia to South Africa.[citation needed] Cole has also been interviewed by the foreign press, appearing on television in Hong Kong, China, South Africa, Singapore, The Bahamas and Australia.[5]

Cole founded a Creative Management Company that has booked various Reality TV stars and artists to participate in worldwide military tours with Armed Forces Entertainment (Asia, South Pacific, Europe and Diego Garcia). He has worked with celebrities from Survivor, The Amazing Race, American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance and Big Brother. Cole, who is also a musician/composer/songwriter, served as Tour Manager for a multi-city concert tour of Japan, in 2011, which featured an All-Star cast from various seasons of American Idol. The concerts were put on to help boost morale and entertain U.S. military troops and families stationed overseas. He even helped arrange a private show for the children of Misawa Air Base in Japan, the closest base to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami disaster epicenter, that same year.

Cole also has an endowment with the University of Kansas Medical Center, where he established the Perthes Kids Foundation (Earl Cole Fund),[6] which is a charitable foundation for children with Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, a rare hip bone disease Cole suffered from as a child. Cole serves as Executive Director.[7]

In 2013, Cole established Smush Mobile, specializing in mobile marketing technologies for business owners.[8] The company officially launched with a successful Kickstarter campaign for its initial technology product, the SmushBox.[9]


  1. ^ a b Aaron Barnhart (2007-05-14). "Ultimate player hails from KCK". The Kansas City Star. 
  2. ^ Bonawitz, Amy (2007-05-14). "Earl Cole Wins "Survivor: Fiji"". CBS News. Retrieved 2014-12-31. 
  3. ^ "Live! with Kelly and Michael, Season 19, Episode 158, May 14, 2007". TV.com. 2007-05-24. Retrieved 2014-12-31. 
  4. ^ "Earl Cole: The Soul Survivor". People. 2007-06-25. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  5. ^ "Earl Cole Interview". Survivor Oz. 2013-12-28. Retrieved 2015-01-09. 
  6. ^ "About Perthes Kids Foundation". Retrieved 2015-06-14. 
  7. ^ Robinson, Melia (2013-08-22). "WHERE ARE THEY NOW: The Winners Of 'Survivor'". Business Insider. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  8. ^ About Smush Mobile
  9. ^ Smart SMS Texting for Everyone: The SmushBox, Kickstarter.

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Preceded by
Yul Kwon
Winner of Survivor
Survivor: Fiji
Succeeded by
Todd Herzog