Adventurers are people who take risks and live by the saying that if you risk nothing, you gain nothing. Lots of people enjoy going on adventures. For some, it is a passionate hobby. For people like Bear Grylls however, it is the way of life. One has to be smart, creative, brave, and well talented to be a survivalist and adventurer. Lucky moments are gifts on which you cannot depend on, so a backup plan should always be ready. The famous British adventurer Bear Grylls says so, and we believe it.
He is perhaps the most famous adventurer, explorer, television presenter and traveler in the world, best known for his reality TV show Man Vs Wild. At a young age, this adventurer started to develop an interest in extreme sports like sailing, skydiving, mountaineering, and martial arts.
His father was a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron and trained his son Bear in these sports. All of this opened a huge door for him to chase bigger dreams, including climbing Mount Everest.
Edward Michael Bear Grylls was born on June 7, 1974 in Donaghadee, County Down, Northern Ireland. He partly grew up there, before he moved with his family to Bembridge, Isle of Wight. He attended Eaton House, Ludgrove School, and Eaton College. After graduating, he joined the University of West England. He studied Spanish and German Languages, after which he went to University of London, Birkbeck, where he earned a part-time degree in Hispanic studies. In 2002, he graduated with a 2.2 grade.
Bear Grylls served in the British Army from between 1994 and 1997. He is trainedin winter warfare, survival, unarmed combat, climbing, explosives, parachuting, and desert warfare. He was a survival instructor in North Africa in tours after his training. His military career ended after an accident in Kenya, when his parachute did not open. Bear suffered a spinal injury, after which he needed rehabilitation.
After his recovery, he made his dream come true and climbed Mount Everest. He became one of the youngest to achieve this amazing feat of strength and durability on May 16, 1998. He earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records.
He also led several expeditions including the one meant to raise money for the Lifeboat Institution in 2000. He lead a team which to circumnavigated the British Isles on jet Skis in about 30 days. Several years later, he led five people to cross the North Atlantic Ocean in a rigid inflatable boat. Truly amazing expeditions on his side.
In 2007 with Alan Veal, the leader of the Royal navy Freefall Parachute Display Team, as well as wit David Hempleman Adams, a mountaineer, he set a new world record for the highest open-air formal dinner party. They used a hot-air balloon at 25,000.
Bear also went para motoring over the Himalayas in 2007, journeyed to Antarctica in 2008, achieved the longest indoor freefall the same year, and went on the Northwest Passage Expedition in 2010.
Except his amazing expeditions, Bear hosts the aforementioned TV series called Born Survivor: Bear Grylls, later named Man Vs Wild. It is a highly educative show featuring various stunts and feats by Grylls, which serve to teach people how to survive if, God forbid, they find themselves in unfavorable and treacherous places. The series widely successful and has managed to place Bear as a prominent international celebrity. It airs on British channel 4, and the Discovery Channels in Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Grylls also wrote several books, for example Facing Up The Kid Who Climbed Everest, Facing the Frozen Ocean and Born Survivor: Bear Grylls. He wrote an autobiography titled Mud, Sweat, and Tears in 2012. He appeared on many popular TV talk shows like the Oprah Winfrey Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night Show with Conan O’Brien, and Friday Night with Jonathan Ross. Last but not least, he has done work in the advertising business, including stints for Sure Deodorant and UK Anti Drugs TV Campaign among others.
Recognition in the Military
Bear Grylls received an honorary rank of Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Naval Reserve in 2004. In 2013, he got an honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Marines Reserve in 2013.
His father is Sir Michael Grylls, a conservative politician and a former member of the Royal Yacht Squadron.His mother is Sara Lady Grylls, the daughter of a notable politician and businesswoman Patricia Ford. Bear has an older sister Lara Fawcett, an interior design public relations agent and a tennis coach. Lara is the one who nicknamed Edward ‘Bear’ when he was just a week old.
Bear Grylls has been married to his longtime girlfriend Shara Cannings Knight since 2000. They have three sons, Huckleberry Edward Jocelyne Grylls, Jesse Grylls, and Marmaduke Mickey Percy Grylls.
Despite his deeply adventurous spirit and nature, he and his wife live together happily with their children. His family is quite supportive and there was never a sign of controversy or breakup.
In 2015, Grylls purchased a very luxurious mansion at the Battersea Power Station site. The house used to be a former lighthouse keeper’s cottage, and it is 100 years old. It is around 2,000 feet long, and about 650 feet wide. He bought it for around $8 million.
Before this purchase, the family lived in a houseboat complete with a canoe, a hammock, and an outdoor bath on the river Thames. They loved to spend time away on an island off the coast of Wales.
The talented British adventurer and survivalist has amassed a considerable wealth from his TV shows, expeditions, advertisements, and book sales. He lives a lavish lifestyle in his Island mansion. Bear Grylls currently has an estimated net worth of around $20 million.
In addition to everything mentioned so far, Bear also loves his role and job as a motivational speaker. He served as an ambassador for The Prince’s Trust, and numerous other charity works and organizations.
Bear Grylls is widely present on different social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, updating fans on the newest adventures and projects.