Sharon Sathern, Grayslake, Ill.
His show is still airing in syndication, although that’s just one project on his busy schedule. Probst, 51, who is in his 26th season hosting the CBS reality show Survivor, added author to his résumé with his recent kids’ adventure book, Stranded. It’s “an updated Robinson Crusoe without the parents,” says Probst, who already is working on the second book. After so many years of traveling the world — and watching other people eat bugs — for Survivor, he’s not ready to quit yet. “I think it’s the perfect storm for me. I love human nature. I like people, and I love watching what conflict does to us and how we justify our behavior.”
Contributing: Gayle Jo Carter, Nancy Mills, Brian Truitt