Yul Kwon won the popular CBS reality show Survivor: Cook Islands during 2006’s controversial, racially segregated season. On his way to victory, Yul skillfully led a multi-ethnic team, earned a reputation as one of the show’s most strategic and honest players, and broke stereotypes about Asian American men in the media.
Most recently, Yul has hosted PBS’s America Revealed, a four-part documentary series that takes a unique look at what makes America tick—specifically, the industrial operations that dominate most of daily life in the United States. Kwon’s other recent activities include appearing as a regular guest lecturer at the FBI Academy, working as a special correspondent for CNN, and speaking at many of the country’s top corporations and universities, including Yahoo, Verizon, Goldman Sachs, Dell, Yale, Duke, AT&T, McKinsey, and Northwestern. He has been active in a number of charitable efforts. He has organized a nationwide campaign to increase the number of minority bone marrow donors after his best friend died from leukemia in college.
Kwon obtained his B.S. degree in symbolic systems from Stanford University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and received the James Lyons Award for Service. He continued on to Yale Law School and served on the editorial board of the Yale Law Journal. After graduation, he enjoyed a diverse career straddling both the private and public sectors in law, politics, business, and technology. As a legislative aide to Senator Joseph Lieberman, he helped draft portions of the Homeland Security Act, authored a landmark bill on nanotechnology, and organized a bipartisan caucus on science and technology. As an attorney, he clerked on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals and practiced a mix of litigation, appellate, transactional, and regulatory work at several law firms. Few years ago, Kwon transitioned into the business sector, first joining McKinsey as a management consultant and then crossing over to Google’s business strategy group.
Yul Kwon was recently named in VIBE Magazine‘s annual “Juice” list of upcoming people who will change the world, EXTRA TV‘s list of Most Eligible Bachelors and People Magazine‘s Sexiest Man Alive and Hottest Bachelor’s issues.