FROM Big Brother which premiered in July 2000, viewers were introduced to hundreds of guests, many of whom became fan favorites and made multiple appearances on the show.
It all started with Eddie McGee, who became the first player to win the $500,000 top prize. Since Julie ChenThe CBS-hosted reality show competition takes over TV across the U.S. every summer—plus bonus seasons in 2008 and 2016—and has only grown in popularity over the years.
To date, 22 ordinary people have won Big Brother (not including celebrity winners Marissa Jaret Winokur as well as Tamar Braxton) and became independent names. Many of them, like Jordan Lloyd as well as Rachel Reillycontinued to work with CBS over the years, making guest appearances on Big Brother house, as well as participate in other network reality shows such as Amazing Race.
Other winners found success on competing channels, most notably MTV, which began to include Big Brother guests on programs, including ex on the beach as well as Competition in recent years.
A little Big Brother champions, on the other hand, have completely shunned the spotlight. Season 4 Winner June Song moved to Belgium after participating in a reality show, and in season 5 Drew Daniel and season 6 Maggie Osburn they don’t even have social media accounts.
With that said, there are many winners who continue to keep fans updated on their personal lives. Lloyd and Reilly, for example, both found love during their time in the game, marrying and starting families with Jeff Schroeder as well as Brandon Villegas, respectively. Season 8 Dick “Evel Dick” Donato and season 10 Dan Gieslingfor their part, have built a fan base through their online presence.
In honor of Big Brother20th anniversary Us weekly tracked down all the winners since the McGee days to see what they’re up to now. Scroll down to get updates on your favorites!