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Adam Scott Klein[2] is the Sole Survivor of Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X. He later competed on Survivor: Winners at War.

A long-time superfan of the show, Adam began the game on the Vanua tribe, where he found himself in the minority after the first Tribal Council. He ended up in a swing vote position after the Tribe Switch, and eventually flipped on the Millennials majority, voting out Figgy Figueroa. After the merge, he joined the majority and eventually became a member of David's Vinaka Alliance. Despite being on the wrong side of the numbers following a rock draw tiebreaker in which he took part, as well as finding and misplaying two Hidden Immunity Idols, he navigated to the final four as an active member of his alliance, and played a crucial role in the elimination of David Wright at that point. At the Final Tribal Council, his strong strategic and social game-play won him the respect of the jury and resulted in a unanimous victory.

Profile

Retrieved from CBS.com

Name: Adam Klein
Age: 25
Current residence: San Francisco, CA
Occupation: Homeless shelter manager
Tribe designation: Vanua (Millennials)
Three words to describe you: Intelligent, confident, and personable.
Hobbies: Board games, poker, browsing the Survivor Subreddit, and travel.
Pet peeves: Bullies, long lines, and smokers.
What does it mean to be a Millennial? Millennials believe that, in this moment, anything is possible. If you have dreams, go after them. If you want to change the world, change it. I don't believe you have to "pay your dues" making copies and fetching coffee before you can be successful—or before you can make a difference. Don't just work harder, work smarter, and make your goals a reality! My dream is to win Survivor and I'm going to make it happen!
Personal claim to fame: As a volunteer, I chaired a Relay For Life event that raised over $135,000 for cancer research and grew in size from about 10 youth participants to over 500. If any of that money helps save my mom's life, then it is, by far, my most important accomplishment.
Inspiration in life: My mom. She is surviving lung cancer and has survivorship in her blood [because] her mom survived Auschwitz. She is incredibly physically fit and otherwise healthy. She can tear up the dance floor—that's where I get my moves!—and she's my best friend and supporter.
If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why? A picture of my family to keep myself grounded and focused, a fake Hidden Immunity Idol because the threat can be just as powerful as the real thing, and a razor because I hate mustaches with a fiery passion.
Survivor contestant you're most like: Spencer Bledsoe (Cagayan, Cambodia). We are both wise beyond our years, can easily play up to the egos of older and stronger players, are strategic thinkers, and are widely underestimated in the game. I also relate to the never-say-die nature and social finesse of Hayden Moss (Blood vs. Water).
Reason for being on Survivor: When I set a goal in life, I achieve it. As an ultimate super-duper fan, winning Survivor is an unrealized goal that I simply must accomplish. I have dreamed of winning Survivor since I was 9 years old, even going so far as to play Survivor online when I was in middle school. The money is secondary, but not unimportant because it would allow me to continue my passion for social justice.
Why do you think you'll "survive" Survivor? No one is going to fight as hard as I will for that title. I may be—and look—young, I may be small, but my fellow competitors won't know what kind of power punch I pack until they are already knocked out. I will use my youthful charm and energy, combined with my strategic nature to win. I come from a long line of real-life survivors, and I am next.[3]

Hometown: Burlingame, California
Current residence: Los Angeles
Previous season: Winner of Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X (Season 33)
Occupation: Keynote speaker and host
Hobbies: Board games, poker, travel, and if I am being honest, Survivor.
Pet peeves: When you ask someone to take a picture and they take dozens of the exact same photo.
Three words to describe you: Personable, determined and caring.
When did you first watch Survivor? Season finale of Season 1. Started a fantasy league with my family Season 2 and haven't missed an episode since.
Do you still watch Survivor? Always.
Who is your inspiration in life? My parents, Alan and Susie. Also, Jeff Probst.
What does Survivor mean to you and your family? Everything. Survivor has been a constant in my life, and kept my family close before, during, and after my time on the show. It may sound silly to some, but Survivor is far more than just a television show for us. It has given us hope, it has allowed us to dream and realize those dreams, and it brought us joy during the most difficult times in our lives.
What is one way playing Survivor changed your life? My first ever screen name on the internet was SoleSurvivorAdam. Survivor turned my middle school obsession into a professional title! Ultimately, I believe that I am, at my core, the same person that I was when I played Survivor for the first time. Same values, ambitions, passions, and energy. The difference is that I have more opportunities to realize those ambitions and to make a greater impact on the world around me.
As Survivor approaches Season 40 and celebrates 20 years on television, what does it mean to be a part of the legacy? I grew up watching Sandra, Boston Rob, Ethan, Tina, Amber, and Richard Hatch. Playing in Season 40 is like growing up watching Steve Young and Jerry Rice on your favorite football team and then getting to play against them in the Super Bowl. It only can happen in your wildest dreams. So many thousands of Survivor super-duper fans would do anything to be in my position.
How will you play differently than you did in your past season? My basic strategy is the same for Survivor as it is for life: make friends. Anyone who comes into this game believing, "I'm not here to make friends" is playing a losing game. What's different this time is that some of the people I will be playing with already are friends. I need to obfuscate my existing relationships, keep an eye out for others doing the same, and work hard to build "in-game" trust that goes beyond liking someone outside of the game.

This time around, I can't hide how big of a fan I am. I can have fun with that and subtly play into the larger egos, especially since my life is far less serious and scary than it was last time. My sense is I may come into this game generally underestimated, with at least some people believing that my win was fluky and my social game was choppy. I want them to underestimate me and I will play into that, while also recognizing that all of them are incredibly capable and not to be underestimated.[4]

Survivor

Millennials vs. Gen X

Adam began the game on the Millennials tribe, Vanua. He seemed to be in a good position as the Triforce alliance prompted the formation of a counter alliance that he was a part of. Despite being in a 6-4 advantage, Michelle Schubert lead the charge to cause three members to flip and join the Triforce in blindsiding Mari Takahashi, leaving Adam and Zeke Smith on the outs. Both of them were upset with Hannah Shapiro after Tribal Council despite her wishing to work with them in the future. Now in a vulnerable position, Adam tried to regroup the remnants of his alliance and found Vanua's Hidden Immunity Idol.

After the tribe switch, he was put on Takali with Millennials Figgy Figueroa and Taylor Stocker and Gen-Xers Ken McNickle and Jessica Lewis. At their only Tribal Council visit, knowing how powerful Figgy and Taylor were, Adam took the opportunity to blindside Figgy. This would cause Taylor to target him for the rest of the game. Unaware of Taylor's grudge against him, Adam confided with Taylor an interest in forming an alliance with him and to target Will Wahl. Taylor used this information to turn the merged tribe against Adam. Despite Adam's paranoia after Will won immunity, his alliance protected him and voted out Michelle and Taylor at the beginning of the merge. After that, the decisions got tougher as sub alliances began jockeying for position. Adam joined David Wright's alliance in blindsiding Chris Hammons at the next Tribal Council. At the final ten, Adam told David to play his Hidden Immunity Idol on Ken after Sunday Burquest lied to him about Ken being the target, so this resulted in a tie between Hannah and Zeke. Then a rock drawing tiebreaker occurred, where Jessica picked the black rock and was sent to the jury.

At the Family Visit, Adam met his brother Evan. He then announced that he has an advantage to steal a reward, but will not use it. Jay Starrett won the challenge and chose to share the reward with Will, Sunday, and Adam. Evan shared information about their mother's battle with cancer. To show his gratitude to Jay for sharing the reward with him, Adam gave Jay the Reward Stealer. Adam won the next Immunity Challenge. At Tribal Council, he played his idol on Hannah, which negated the four votes at against her, but it was unneeded as Will had flipped and Zeke was blindsided. On Day 34, Adam decided to get rid of Will because he was trying to play both sides. Adam's plan worked as Will was blindsided. After Ken won immunity at the final seven, Adam wanted to split the votes between David and Jay to eliminate both Jay's idol and a major threat to win. However, Hannah wanted to vote out Sunday, leaving Adam conflicted. He told Jay to play his idol, and confided in him about his mother's cancer battle. At Tribal Council, Adam sided with Hannah and Sunday was blindsided. On Day 36, Adam, David, Hannah, Bret LaBelle, and Ken blindsided Jay. On Day 37, Ken won immunity. Adam and Bret decided to target David; Adam then searched for an idol, which he found. He told Hannah about his new idol and plan to eliminate David. At Tribal Council, Adam played the idol on himself but received no votes and Hannah and Ken sided with David, blindsiding Bret and leaving Adam shocked. On Day 38, Ken won the Final Immunity Challenge. Knowing he and David were the targets, Adam practiced for a possible fire making tiebreaker, but at Tribal Council, Ken sided with Adam and Hannah and David was blindsided.

At the Final Tribal Council, Adam and Hannah argued about strategic decisions, and Adam finally admitted to the entire jury about his mother having cancer. Ultimately, the jury of 10 unanimously voted for Adam to win the title of Sole Survivor, believing he played the best strategic and social game amongst the finalists.

Voting History

Adam's Voting History
Episode Adam's
Votes
Voted Against
Adam
1 Vanua Tribe Immune
2 Figgy -
3 Vanua Tribe Immune
4 Vanua Tribe Immune
5 Takali Tribe Immune
6 Figgy -
7 Takali Tribe Immune
8 Michelle Jay, Michelle,
Taylor, Will
9 Taylor Taylor
10 Chris -
Zeke;
Zeke
1
-
11 Zeke Individual Immunity
12 Will -
Sunday -
13 Jay -
David -2
David David
Jury Votes
for Adam
Bret, Chris, David, Jay, Jessica,
Michelle, Sunday, Taylor, Will, Zeke
Sole Survivor, Day 39

^1 In Million Dollar Gamble, the vote ended with a 5-5 tie between Hannah and Zeke, forcing a revote. Adam did not change his vote on the revote.
^2 In I'm Going for a Million Bucks, Adam used a Hidden Immunity Idol, but did not negate any votes against him.

Winners at War

Voting History

Adam's Voting History
Episode Adam's
Votes
Voted Against
Adam
1 Natalie Jeremy
Sele Tribe Immune
2 Danni -
3

Post-Survivor

  • Adam opened a non-profit fundraiser towards cancer research after the death of his mother.[5]
  • On April 25, 2019, Adam appeared as a contestant on Let's Make a Deal.[6]

Trivia

References

Preceded by
Kaôh Rōng
S32 michele t
Michele Fitzgerald
Sole Survivor
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Millennials vs. Gen X
S33 adam t
Adam Klein
Succeeded by
Game Changers
S34 sarah t
Sarah Lacina
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