James "JT" Thomas Jr., Season 18 (Tocantins
): After winning, JT returned to his normal life as a cattle farmer in Alabama and continues to enjoy doing that. Rather than using his "Survivor" fame to try to launch an acting career, he used his winnings to buy his sisters new cars, pay for college tuition for his nephews and nieces, and help his parents. He invested the rest. Turns out he's a pretty nice guy after all. He also returned in 2010 to compete in "Heroes vs. Villains
" and placed 10th out of 20 contestants.