Ira Hier
Contestant Profile
Birth Date May 29, 1963 (1963-05-29) (age 55)
Hometown Melbourne, Florida
Occupation Federal Agent

Survivor: The Sahara

Tribes Kufra
Placement 20/20
Challenges Won 0
Votes Against 4
Days Lasted 3
Ira Hier is a contestant on Survivor: The Sahara. He placed 20th.


Name (Age): Ira Heir (49)
Tribe Designation: Kufra
Current Residence: Miami, Florida
Occupation: Federal Agent
Personal Claim to Fame: I can't say it's classified.
Hobbies: Shooting, Investigating, Managing
Pet Peeves: Relaxation
3 Words to Describe You: Bossy, Strict, Orderly
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Boston Rob, we're both leader, strategic, and athletic.
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: My director told me to take a vacation, so I applied for Survivor.
Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: With my leadership, my tribe will keep me for morale.
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: My peers will award me the million because of my strategies and leadership skills.

Survivor: The Sahara

On Day 1, Ira, along with the other 19, competed in the first individual challenge, but didn't win. He was later choosen by Jo to be part of the Kufra tribe. Ira soon began to fight with Jo, Drayden, and Kurt, over who the tribe's leader was going to be. Because of the lack of leadership, the shelter was unfinished, leaving Kufra in the freezing cold night. On Day 2, he still was arguing with Jo, Drayden, and Kurt over leadership, causing two of the three outsiders, Lilly-Bo and Roberta to vote him off. On Day three the leadership conflict continued, but the four set it aside for the challenge. He was one of the pullers for the chariot, with his tribe in the lead. At the puzzle, Ira, Jo, Kurt, and Drayden mistakenly put all their puzzle pieces on one of the three puzzles, causing them to slow down. Scorpio eventuall caught up, and won sending Kufra to tribal council. Jo threw Ira under the bus about screwing up the challenge, even though Jo was equally at fault. Ira voted for VJ, but Giselle, Jo, Lilly-Bo, and Roberta all for some reason voted for him, sending him home at a 4-3-3 vote.

Voting History

Ira's Voting History
Episode Ira's
Voted Against
1 VJ Giselle, Jo,
Lilly-Bo, Roberta
Voted Out, Day 3


After Survivor, Ira and his third wife divorced after a few months due to an affair she was having. Ira still hopes to find someone to spend the rest of his life with.



  • Ira was the first person voted off Survivor: The Sahara.
  • Ira is the first blindside of Survivor: The Sahara.
  • He is also the first person to be voted off with less than half the votes.