Natalie White

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Natalie White
Born (1983-04-22) April 22, 1983 (age 33)[1]
Van Buren, Arkansas
Education University of Central Arkansas
Television Survivor: Samoa (winner)

Natalie White (born April 22, 1983) is a former reality TV personality known for being the winner of Survivor: Samoa.[2][3][4][5] A native of Van Buren, Arkansas, White has a background in marketing and pharmaceutical sales.[1]

Early life[edit]

White is the daughter of Ken and Diane Powell of Bryant, Arkansas.[6] She graduated from Bryant High School and went on to Arkansas State University in Jonesboro for two years where she was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi. She then transferred to the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, where she completed a bachelor’s degree in marketing in 2005.[6]


On Survivor: Samoa, White was initially placed in the Foa Foa tribe, which lost five out of the six immunity challenges prior to the merge. She survived all those rounds without her name ever being written down for elimination. After the merge had occurred, White orchestrated the elimination of Erik Cardona by swaying Laura Morett, Kelly Sharbaugh, and Monica Padilla to convince the rest of Galu to vote for Cardona in a blindside. At Tribal Council, White's plan came into fruition and Cardona became the first member of the jury. The day after tribal council, White came across a rat at camp. She subsequently clubbed the rat to death and presented it to her fellow tribe members for consumption, shocking them all.

On the tenth episode, there was a 5-5 tie between White and Morett. Shannon "Shambo" Waters flipped to Foa Foa to vote against Morett, while the five remaining Galu members voted against White, expecting a deadlocked tie and purple rock tiebreaker. On the revote, John Fincher of Galu switched his vote from White to Morett, ensuring Morett's elimination and avoiding the possibility of drawing a purple rock.

In the Survivor Auction, White won a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and a shower. White bonded with Brett Clouser over things that they both enjoy, like Christian books and excerpts. She later went on to choose Clouser first to be on her team at the reward challenge. Although Russell Hantz was suspicious that something was forming between them, White assured him that everything was proceeding as originally planned.

At the Final Five, White was told by Hantz that if Clouser were to win the next immunity challenge, she would be the next one leaving. Hantz wanted to get Clouser out before the Final Three, and needed all of the strongest men to beat him. Clouser went on to win the next immunity challenge, but Hantz's mind changed, as he needed White to go with him to the Final Three. Jaison Robinson was voted off in that Tribal Council. In the final immunity challenge, White placed third out of four. Hantz went on to win that immunity challenge, leading up to Clouser's elimination.

At the Final Tribal Council, White was criticized by Hantz and the jury for being a coattail rider and not doing much except to follow Hantz. White responded that she could not have made the moves that Hantz did because that would lead to her being voted out. She said that her best move that would keep her in the game was to align with Hantz, so that he could take all the damage and she would leave in everybody's good graces. Cardona finished the Final Tribal Council by stating that fellow finalist Mick Trimming had not lived up to his leader position, and that Hantz was arrogant. He stated that White might call herself the least deserving of the title "Sole Survivor," but that "maybe the person who thinks she is the least deserving is probably the most." Cardona went on to say that he would be voting for her, and he hoped that she would get four more votes to win.

On December 20, 2009, during the live finale, it was announced that White had won the title of Sole Survivor. She won by a vote of 7-2-0, defeating runner-up Hantz and third-place Trimming.[7] Hantz, after realizing that he had lost, announced live on the air that he would offer her $10,000 USD for the title of "Sole Survivor," but said that she could keep the $1 million prize. He then increased his offer to $100,000. White declined both offers.

Personal life[edit]

At the time of the filming of Survivor, she was dating Justin Thomas, who is also a resident of Van Buren.[6] After winning the game six months later, she said she would use some of her winnings to go with him on a vacation.[8]

Many times on Survivor, White had described herself as a Christian and a "prayer warrior" on the show, along with fellow contestant Brett Clouser.


  1. ^ a b "Natalie: Survivor on CBS". Retrieved December 21, 2009. 
  2. ^ Stanhope, Kate. "Survivor: Samoa Winner Unveiled". Retrieved December 21, 2009. 
  3. ^ Monty Brinton, CBS, Yahoo TV News, 'Survivor' Winners: Where are they now?, Accessed June 21, 2014, "... Since her victory, Natalie has maintained a very low profile and limited her speaking engagements. She is reported to have purchased a new home...."
  4. ^ GINA SALAMONE, December 21, 2009, New York Daily News, Natalie White wins 'Survivor: Samoa,' but runner-up Russell Hantz calls her undeserving, Accessed June 21, 2014
  5. ^ Andy Dehnart of, December 21, 2009, Today, Natalie claims survivor Samoa crown, Accessed June 21, 2014
  6. ^ a b c Bowden, Bill (December 22, 2009). "Survivor winner says she took huge gamble". Associated Press. 
  7. ^ "'Survivor': In a huge upset, Natalie beats out Russell for the title of 'sole survivor'". The Los Angeles Times. December 21, 2009. Retrieved December 21, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Interview at People, December 21, 2009". 

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Preceded by
J.T. Thomas, Jr.
Winner of Survivor
Survivor: Samoa
Succeeded by
Sandra Diaz-Twine