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New face/ Yavor Kostov '09

Fame and (almost) Fortune in Bulgaria

When Economics Professor Slavi Slavov returned to his homeland of Bulgaria over the summer, he had an easier time than usual explaining where he worked. “I just tell them I work at the place where the guy from Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? is studying,” says Slavov.

In June, Yavor Kostov, a member of Pomona’s new Class of 2009 made it to the final question on the Bulgarian version of the TV quiz show, called Become Rich. The episode was devoted to graduating high school seniors, and the top prize was about $60,000. Kostov had banked a total of $30,000 but risked it on the final question and went home with only $1,700. Still, he’s a big name on the streets of Sofia. “I get recognized in the street, whenever I ride in public transportation,” he says. “I have given autographs on several occasions.”
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