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Update from Shawn D. Nelson – Winner of The Rebel Billionaire

January 28, 2005 02:15 AM by Joe Blackmon

Rebelshawnwins Shawn D. Nelson, the winner of The Rebel Billionaire was recently kind enough to take a couple minutes away from his job as President of Virgin Worldwide to give us an update on life since The Rebel Billionaire.

Reality TV Magazine – How has your life changed since winning the Rebel Billionaire?

Shawn – Winning the Rebel Billionaire has undoubtedly changed my life forever. Regardless of the show’s popularity next to other reality TV shows, one of the coolest things about it is that this show actually IS reality.  Right now I am in a hotel room in New York City, working with, learning from, and contributing to some of the Virgin businesses here in the US.  Last week I was in London meeting with Richard Branson and his top team.  This group of Virgin companies produce billions (yes, double digits in revenues each year–and I now have a part in that!

Reality TV Magazine – What do you plan to do with the million dollars?

Shawn – Of course, I am still CEO of my own company, LoveSac, which is doubling in size each year, and is well past the $10 million dollar mark itself.  I am investing every penny of my million dollar prize money into LoveSac to fuel growth and stability in a company which has never had any real financial support and has still grown despite itself.  There have been many along the way who have given years of their lives to push the great LoveSac cause along–at times foregoing paychecks or just taking small salaries to help it along.  I owe it to them now to make their lives more comfortable.

Reality TV Magazine – Are there any unusual moments or regrets that you would like to share from the show?

Shawn – The only thing that I am disappointed in regarding the show is this: I feel that in an effort to make the ending suspenseful, the producers really had to downplay any strengths or good points in me to keep the audience guessing, while showing all of my weak points and such.  In reality, the way it happened naturally was plenty suspenseful, as Sara was a capable competitor and even likely winner.  Unfortunately, for the viewing audience, they were subjected to what may seem like an almost unfounded decision by Richard in choosing me.  Of course, this is me talking, but it is not that they showed my rough edges that disappoints me–more that they really left a lot of the great things that I said and did on the show out.  I think it could have been presented better.  At the end of the day, having won a million bucks and given the opportunity to travel the world with Virgin, who am I to complain!?

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10 Responses to “Update from Shawn D. Nelson – Winner of The Rebel Billionaire”

  1. Luisa Says:
    May 14th, 2005 at 1:50 am

    Congratz Shawn!…I thought Sarah was going to win coz she she’s my favorite…but you deserve to win…

  2. Robert UK Says:
    July 5th, 2005 at 9:24 pm

    Hi Shawn, and well done, great show I have just started watching the first series here in the Uk on ITV2, but I have to say I really like Sara, I think she is such a nice girl and I was so proud of her when she climbed to the top of the baloon at 10 thousand feet, fantastic. would marry her tomorrow.I love her to bits all ready and I have only seen the first series.
    ALL the best to the both of you and good luck.
    Rob.

  3. Robert UK Says:
    July 5th, 2005 at 9:24 pm

    Hi Shawn, and well done, great show I have just started watching the first series here in the Uk on ITV2, but I have to say I really like Sara, I think she is such a nice girl and I was so proud of her when she climbed to the top of the baloon at 10 thousand feet, fantastic. would marry her tomorrow.I love her to bits all ready and I have only seen the first series.
    ALL the best to the both of you and good luck.
    Rob.

  4. Steve Webb Says:
    September 9th, 2005 at 4:45 pm

    Hi Shawn,

    I’ve just watched the end here in the UK. I’m so pleased you won and also chose Gabriel as your right hand person. Great choice.
    You are a dead ringer for my nephew Ben who is very talented and looks like you. I believe Ben will be great in life and will point him in the direction of this show to see how he feels. I’m sure he’d enjoy watching you.
    Good luck for the future…I shall keep on following progress.
    I always have admired Sir Richard and now my admiration has grown even more immense through watching this show. A piece of advice from me. “Always look on the bright side of life! Life is only what you make it!”

  5. Leigh Ann Says:
    October 10th, 2005 at 4:55 am

    I thought you and Gabe were both very suitable winners! Congratulations!

  6. Khurram Says:
    October 21st, 2005 at 4:49 pm

    Hey Shawn…

    Congratulation for winning the contest. I really do think…you, Gabriel and Sara deserve to be with Sir Richard Branson as a part of the Virgin Empire.

    You guys all inspire me in creating something which will make the world proud of my own brand name one day!

    Wish you, Gabriel and Sara all the best in your new positions!

    Cheers

    KK.

  7. Tu mami Says:
    April 27th, 2006 at 3:30 pm

    Ojala Te mueras hijo de puta cabron.. eres la peste.. HIJO DE PERRA! QUE ASCO DAS! CABRON!

  8. mofo Says:
    May 7th, 2006 at 12:10 pm

    The MMGVO wins. What else is new?.

    PEGATEAKI.

    Mofo.

  9. Anita Says:
    May 11th, 2006 at 1:23 am

    This was one of THE best reality shows, and people that didn’t watch really missed something. Shawn, I knew it was you from day 1 and I think you’re a great young man. I have a teenage son, and would love for someone like you to come into his life as a positive, fun, loyal role model!
    Best of luck to you!

  10. www.lake-shore.co.uk Says:
    October 11th, 2007 at 9:36 am

    Congratz Shawn

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