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And the Winner of the Best Job in the World Is. . .

Have you ever been jealous of a 34-year old British man? No? Well, that may be about to change. Ben Southall fits this description and he also just found out that he got a new job. Not any job, mind you, it's the best job in the world. Southall beat 35,000 applicants to score this dream job that includes a $111,000 salary as the caretaker for the Australian island, Queensland.

Southall is described as "a bungee jumping, ostrich-riding British charity worker," used to be a tour guide in Africa, and he portrayed his sense of adventure in his application video through photographs of himself running a marathon, scuba diving, and kissing a giraffe. Queensland Tourism Minister Peter Lawlor said in a statement, "His ideas for how he will make the role his own. . . plus his initiative and ability to rise to a challenge impressed the selection panel and secured his place in the top job."

Here's the original job description: Stroll the white sands, snorkel the reef, take care of a few minor tasks, and report to a global audience via weekly blogs, photo diaries and video updates. The good life will begin on July 1 for Ben, and I'll be looking for updates on his blog this Summer.


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aimeeb aimeeb 6 years
sorrowja sorrowja 6 years
Good for him but not my idea of a dream job.
a1stbornunicorn a1stbornunicorn 6 years
hah I remember when the app opened up for this- good for that guy!
mondaymoos mondaymoos 6 years
I'm kind of disappointed because... this guy already had an awesome life. Couldn't they have picked someone who day dreams about adventure vacations while under flourescent lighting all day? Ie: ME???
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 6 years
I was hoping the guy from San Antonio, Texas would have won.
Symphonee Symphonee 6 years
I have about 74% envy.
margokhal margokhal 6 years
Not the best job in the world for me, so I'm not jealous in the least.
TidalWave TidalWave 6 years
Sounds like he'll have fun!
c4rolin3 c4rolin3 6 years
aimeeb already did a blog about this! catch up savvysugar ;) definitely a lucky guy!
wednesday_adams wednesday_adams 6 years
Doesn't appeal to me, but congrats to him.
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