Ken Hoang is a contestant from Survivor: Gabon.

Despite starting on the ill-fated Fang tribe at the start, Ken formed a close friendship and alliance with Crystal Cox, with the pair working closely together throughout the game. Ken was eventually able to come into his own and, along with Crystal, lead the charge in successfully eliminating multiple power players to take control of the game. A failed split vote orchestrated by Ken and Crystal at the final seven, however, resulted in their Fang Alliance fracturing and Crystal's elimination. Now an outsider, Ken tried to make a deal with Bob Crowley for Bob to give him the Immunity Necklace. Bob saw through his plan, however, and Ken was voted out at the following Tribal Council, placing fifth.


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Ken Hoang (22)
Hometown: Westminster, California
Occupation: Professional Gamer

Ken Hoang gives a new meaning to the term "gamer." Known to the gaming community as "the King of Smash," Hoang is a professional at his craft. As the current international champion of Nintendo's Super Smash Brothers Melee video game, Ken has traveled the world from Japan to Australia to prove his dominance.

Hoang uses his tournament winnings to help support his family. He and his siblings still live at home to help pay the mortgage. It has also led to a strong bond among his brothers and sisters. In fact it was his sister that started his addiction to Survivor.

While he may seem like an interesting choice for a game based in the outdoors, this gamer sees it as an amazing opportunity. Ken is very creative, and has a strong passion for art, a skill he is currently going to college to fine tune. When not playing videogames or brushing up on his art, Hoang enjoys playing with his pets, a Maincoon cat named Kinski and a Husky named Monster.

He loves the fact that he will be considered an underdog because everyone will underestimate his prowess at playing mind games. Nobody would look at him and believe he climbed Mt. Fuji at the age of 20. Ready to exploit his slight physical stature, Ken will trick his fellow players into seeing him as a non-threat, only to smash them if they get in his way.

Ken is single and currently resides in Westminster, Calif. His birth date is October 10, 1985.[1]


Ken arrived at Survivor: Gabon and was selected by GC Brown to be on the Fang tribe during the Schoolyard Pick on Day 1. Early on, he befriended Michelle Chase and the two frequently would talk with each other. However, after losing the first Immunity Challenge on Day 3, he and the tribe unanimously voted out Michelle for her negativity. He later voted out Gillian Larson for her perceived weakness and received his first vote from her. After winning their first two challenges ever, Fang would go on a losing streak. Although, because of this Ken would begin his rise to power along with fellow tribemate and close friend, Crystal Cox.

On Day 10, after GC resigned his title as tribe leader, Randy Bailey began targeting him along with his allies. While Randy's alliance strategized in the jungle, Ken formed his own alliance with GC and Crystal. Later that day, a tribe switch occurred and Ken stayed on Fang along with his allies and Matty Whitmore, but also gained Ace Gordon, Jacquie Berg, Kelly Czarnecki, and later Sugar Kiper. Shortly after arriving at camp, Kelly expressed her dislike of her former Kota tribemates to Crystal, who quickly recruited her into Ken's alliance. When Fang lost the Immunity Challenge on Day 12, Ken's majority alliance (now including Matty) debated over eliminating Jacquie and Ace but after Kelly informed them of Jacquie's strong relationships with her former tribe, they voted her out in a 5-2 vote. As Fang began losing challenge after challenge, Ken's power in the game increased. However, because of GC asking the tribe to vote him out and Kelly being perceived as the weakest member of the tribe, he voted them out with the majority in unanimous votes.

After being announced that both tribes would attend Tribal Council, Ken and Crystal targeted Sugar for her poor performance in the previous challenge. However, she was granted immunity, prompting Ken to target Fang's strongest member, Ace. In an attempt to solidify a majority vote against Ace, Ken approached Sugar and lied to her, exclaiming how Ace was only using Sugar for her possession of the Hidden Immunity Idol. Despite some skepticism, Sugar ultimately believed Ken's lie and joined Ken and Crystal in blindsiding Ace with a 3-2 vote. Once another tribe switch occurred on Day 22, Ken moved over to Kota, this time only with Crystal. Kota lost the Day 24 Immunity Challenge and Marcus Lehman targeted Ken for his weakness. However, Crystal was reluctant to betray Ken due to their strong friendship. Thus, she told Ken of Marcus's plan and the two decided to vote against him. At Tribal Council, Ken voted against Marcus along with his alliance after Crystal managed to successfully convince Susie Smith to side with them.

Ken reached the merge on Day 27 and named the merged tribe Nobag. Knowing that because of Charlie Herschel he wasn't able to retrieve the clue to the idol, he targeted him and convinced the Fang Alliance by saying that Charlie was the "brains" behind the Onion Alliance. In an effort to gain Sugar's vote again, he told her the plan. At the following Tribal Council, Sugar joined Ken in voting against Charlie, effectively blindsiding him and decreasing the rival alliance's numbers. At the Survivor Auction on Day 28, Ken paid $340 for the reward of sending someone to Exile Island and taking all of their money. He chose Bob Crowley. He then managed to win the Immunity Challenge on Day 30 and was convinced by Sugar to vote against Randy. He later voted Randy out with his alliance at Tribal Council.

Although initially losing the Loved Ones Challenge on Day 31, Ken was still able to see his sister because of a twist. While talking to his sister, he bragged about how well he was doing in the game. Ken and his alliance then targeted Bob for being a physical threat. After he won immunity, they settled on voting for Corinne Kaplan, but she threw a wrench in that plan when she told a lie about a Hidden Immunity Idol she had to Ken, who believed it completely and decided to vote with Corinne and Bob to blindside Matty. Crystal eventually joined him after she believed the lie. Before Tribal Council, Ken started scheming again and wanted to split the vote between Corinne and Matty; in part to eliminate Matty and in part to flush out the idol. He told Crystal to vote for Corinne soon after. At Tribal Council, Corinne did not play her so-called idol and was voted out instead of Matty in a 4-3 vote.

Upon returning to camp, the alliance questioned Ken's scheme. Using Bob's previous betrayal at the last Tribal Council as leverage, Ken managed to make Bob feel sorry for him as he stated if he won the next Immunity Challenge, he would give his Immunity Necklace to Ken. After the Immunity Challenge on Day 36, Sugar realized that Ken along with Crystal were the "bad guys" after their verbal fights with Matty and rallied the other four into blindsiding Crystal. Ken and Crystal targeted Matty, but they were surprised when Sugar gave her idol to him, negating their votes, but it didn't matter as Crystal was voted out with their four votes. Ken attempted to save himself by targeting Susie after his intended target Bob won immunity for the third time in a row. Ultimately, Sugar turned on him and voted him out with her new alliance in a unanimous vote, blindsiding Ken as he became the sixth member of the jury.

As the Final Tribal Council, Ken cast his vote for Susie, his previous ally, who would lose to Bob in a 4-3 vote.

Voting History

Ken's Voting History
Episode Ken's
Voted Against
1 Michelle -
Gillian Gillian
2 Fang Tribe Immune
3 Jacquie -
4 GC -
5 Kelly -
6 Ace -
7 Marcus Bob, Marcus
8 Charlie -
9 Randy Individual Immunity
11 Matty -
12 Matty1 -
13 Susie Bob, Matty,
Sugar, Susie
Voted Out, Day 37
Voted for
Sole Survivor

^1 In "The Good Guys Should Win in the End", Matty used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Ken's vote against him.


  • On January 9, 2010, Ken attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party along with all of his Gabon castmates.
  • At the E3 2014 video game convention, Ken was one of 16 Super Smash Bros. players worldwide selected by Nintendo to participate in a tournament of the demo of the series' fourth installment. He selected Marth as his character and was defeated in the first round, but was put into the fan favorite bracket.
  • Ken attended the primetime Survivor edition of The Price Is Right special on May 23, 2016.[2] However, Ken himself did not compete.
  • Ken attended Coach Wade's wedding.[3]


  • At 22, Ken is the youngest man in Gabon and the youngest member of the original Fang tribe.
  • Ken is the one who came up with the idea of naming the merged tribe "Nobag" - Gabon spelled backward. 
  • Ken is the only person in Gabon to win an individual challenge after the merge but not make it to the Final Tribal Council.
  • Ken, along with his tribemate Crystal Cox, was on a tribe with every castaway in her season at some point, with the exception of Paloma Soto-Castillo.
  • Ken lost 20 lbs. during his time in Gabon.[4]


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