Name (Age): Neal Gottlieb (38)
Tribe Designation: Brains
Current Residence: Sausalito, Calif.
Occupation: Ice Cream Entrepreneur
Personal Claim to Fame: I started Three Twins Ice
Cream with my lifeís savings of $70,000 in 2005 at age 28 after
returning from the Peace Corps. I couldn't afford employees, so I did
everything myself at first. I opened another shop, then another and then
built a factory in 2010 to start selling pints to grocery stores, and
have since opened a second factory. We're now sold in grocery stores in
all 50 states, have a team of around 100 and sales this year that will
be about 100 times sales from the first year, despite almost going broke
during the economic downturn and unrelenting competition. I am proud of
the growth, taking on the challenges, being creative, treating employees
well, giving a great deal back and inspiring others through my version
of the American dream.
Inspiration in Life: I am not much for heroes, but the
person who has come closest to obtaining hero status is my Uncle Larry.
I admire him for the deep and devoted love that he had for my aunt.
Despite being a tough guy, he has never been afraid to cry or share his
feelings. I admire him for his larger-than-life deeds, like finding 55
pounds of cocaine off the coast of Florida (heís a former cop and
turned it in). I admired him because of his Popeye-like muscle on his
forearm, which I later found out is actually a tumor, but I didnít
know that as a kid. But more than anything, I have always admired him
for being himself.
Hobbies: Traveling, indoor rock climbing and
Pet Peeves: I am not really one to complain and
therefore donít have too many pet peeves but I do have very little
patience for whiny people and hypocritical bible thumpers.
3 Words to Describe You: Incorrigible, witty and kind.
If You Could Have 3 Things on the Island What Would
They Be and Why? I would take a big comfortable bed with high thread
count sheets, a down comforter and lush pillows to facilitate good
nightsí sleep and an assortment of fake immunity idols and fake
printed clues on convincing paper to fool my fellow contestants into
thinking that they have immunity. Lastly, a spy kit so that I can bug
camp and listen in on the plotting and scheming of my campmates to give
me valuable information.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: I relate to
Erik Reichenbach as my brother in ice cream. I can relate to Rob Mariano
because he not only won but he seemed to have more fun than anyone else
while doing so. I can relate to Tyson for his priceless, witty
commentary on the other players. I relate to Parvarti because I think
that Iíll also charm my fellow competitors while Iím busy destroying
them. I kind of hate myself for saying this, but I relate to Russell
Hantz for his lack of fear and filter.
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: My primary reason is to
win, as is my secondary reason. Winning the money will be amazing but I
am more interested in the metaphorical crown, bragging rights and
satisfaction that comes with winning than the cash. It is also to have
the privilege to compete in what I consider one of the greatest
competitions of all. I have watched the show for years and yearn for the
chance to be a castaway in a remote locale and compete for 39 days.
Why You Think Youíll "Survive" SURVIVOR: I
will be the provider for the group and the court jester. I will be a
calming force and the one that psyches up the tribe to go into battle. I
am a strong swimmer and will be a valuable hunter, fisher and gatherer
for the group. I have a tireless work ethic and will contribute more
than my fair share towards building a strong shelter, cooking and
getting water. I am most often happy, quite witty, never complain and am
generally entertaining, which will help to keep the peace during tough
and stressful times. I am physically and mentally strong, I was a
competitive athlete for years, I am a fast runner and sharp, so I will
be strong in challenges.
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: I have
been a SURVIVOR fan for years and therefore understand the game, am
mentally tough, a physical force, likable and absolutely determined to
win. I will excel at both the social and physical game. Much of my life
has prepared me to be a great contestant. Being a fan has shown me some
brilliant moves and perhaps more importantly, stupid ones to avoid. More
than anything, I believe that I will be the sole Survivor because I want
to and I usually get what I want, no matter how hard I have to work for