• John Fincher was a contestant of the reality show “Survivor: Samoa” in 2009
• He was born in Santa Monica, California and graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and Management in 2005
• He is married to "Survivor: Micronesia –Fans vs. Favorites" winner Parvati Shallow and they have one daughter together
• John earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia Universit’s Business School and currently works for Anheuser-Busch In Bev Company
• His net worth is estimated at over $1 million

Who is John Fincher?

Back in 2009, one of the contestants of the popular reality show “Survivor: Samoa” was John Fincher, who was remembered as a ‘Brazilian-looking guy’, who lost the opening Reward Challenge, although he later showed some skills such as when he mastered the Immunity Challenge with a clever tactic, showing that his intelligence is an ace up his sleeve.

In the intro, he said that ‘winning’ is his favorite hobby, adding that he believes that he possesses the analytical skills necessary to take him far in the game – however, he finished in ninth place.

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Early life and education

John Fincher was born under the zodiac sign of Leo on 16 August 1983, in Santa Monica, California USA, thus he holds American nationality and he comes from a family of Caucasian descent.

He was raised by his parents, about whom nothing is known since John respects their privacy, and also hasn’t spoken about having any siblings, so many of his fans believe that he was raised as an only child.

When he was a teenager, John was a semi-pro soccer player, but growing up, he discovered his passion for science.

He attended a local high school, and upon matriculating in 2001, he enrolled at the University of California, Irvine from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and Management in 2005.

Survivor: Samoa

John hadn’t watched the show before being was recruited, however, he believed that being a rocket scientist and a former soccer player would be enough to achieve winning the show. As he said, he is best during high-pressure situations and times of complete chaos, and has traveled extensively in Europe, South America, South Africa and Canada thus he believed that he has experience in dealing with people from diverse backgrounds, which he could use to his best advantage.

During the show, the comments about him were varied – most fans commented that he thinks that he’s much better at the game than he really is, and they reproached him for calling his tribemates idiots, saying that he is pretentious.

According to fans of the show, he had some comments about Laura, one of the contestants, which were inappropriate, and some of them even called him a misogynist because of his words. On the other side, some comments about him were positive, saying that it’s just a game and that John once said that he’s no stranger to creating conflict, and that he thinks that it could work to his advantage in the game.

However, it seems that John’s good look and charm didn’t help out with his aggressive personality, and he was voted out on Day 30.


John met his future wife, Parvati Shallow, through a mutual friend – in one of her interviews, she said about their first meeting: ‘I met John in the carpool on our way to play in Ethan Zohn’s Grassroot Soccer charity game in LA in 2013… When we scooped up Ozzy, John slid into the middle seat, and I remember being struck by how comfortable he felt to me. I was drawn to him instantly’.

Parvati Shallow is a so-called ‘Survivor legend’, and she was the winner of “Survivor: Micronesia –Fans vs. Favorites”, competed in “Survivor: Cook Islands” in which she placed sixth, and was the runner-up in “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains”.

Parvati was born on 21 September 1982, in Vero Beach, Florida USA; she holds American nationality, and she comes from a family of Caucasian and Indian descent. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s degree in Art (Journalism) in 2004, but after graduation began competing in boxing.

John and Parvati started dating soon after they met, and announced their engagement in January 2017. The two married on 15 July 2017, and in the following year welcomed their daughter Ama.

Ama was featured as Parvati’s loved ones (Family Visit) n the show’s 40th season series “Survivor: Winners at War” held in 2020, and Parvati was placed 16th, although she’s rated by fans of the show as one of the more skilled contestants to participate.

What happened to him?

Parvati filed for divorce after four years of marriage – allegedly, the reason for ending this marriage was domestic violence. According to court documents, Parvati accused John that he was ‘physically and verbally aggressive’ towards her, and she asked for a restraining order which the judge ordered on a temporary basis.

The judge also required John to move out, as well as staying at least 100 yards away from Parvati and their daughter. Parvati also requested that John attend anger management classes, however, the judge did not require that.

John claimed that the allegations against him are false, that he has never been violent to Parvati, and has responded to his wife’s petition for divorce, also filing for divorce citing irreconcilable differences, and asked for joint legal and physical custody of their daughter.

Among other things, during one of their fights, Parvati called the police, however, as she said, she didn’t want him to go to jail, since he was currently undergoing cancer treatment, about which John hasn’t spoken.

Where is he now?

Subsequently, John continued his education, and he earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia Universit’s Business School. From 2017 through 2018, he worked for Anheuser-Busch In Bev Company as an operating partner, and then founded ZX Ventures, the global investment, and innovation group of AB InBev, where he currently works.

John is also co-founder of Socio Ventures, according to his LinkedIn profile, a ‘Private Equity and Venture Capital shop that is building a portfolio of artist-backed beverage brands’.

Age, height, and net worth

John’s age is 38 – he has curly, black hair and brown eyes, weighs around 200lbs (90kgs) and is 6ft 1in (1.85m) tall.

As of July 2022, it’s assumed that he’s amassed a sizable fortune participating in the reality show “Survivor”, and also throughout his business ventures, so his net worth is estimated at over $1 million.

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