For more than three decades, the CBS reality show “Survivor” has seen hundreds of contestants face daunting challenges and tasks as they are left stranded on a desert island for more than a month with a group of strangers. As the weeks pass, the group of survivors slowly dwindles to a single survivor who wins a $1 million cash prize (via men’s health).
However, that’s hardly the biggest amount of money taken home by a show winner. In 2020, “Survivor” celebrated its 20th anniversary on air in style by challenging twenty of the show’s previous winners to face off for “Survivor: Winners at War.” Since this cast of hopefuls was more experienced than the average contestant in the original series, the price was increased to $2 million (via Weekly entertainment).
In either case, it’s not just the winner who takes home a large sum of money. The rest of the survivors are also being paid for their time on the show, according to cinema mix, which can range from $3,500 to $100,000 depending on where you sit at the voting table. In fact, some of the richest “Survivor” candidates might surprise you.