Adventurers are risk-takers, and the saying that if you don’t risk anything, you don’t win anything is always their motto. There are so many people who love to take adventures, for some it is their hobby, for others like Bear Grylls it is their life. To be an adventurer, you have to be smart, courageous, creative, and well talented. You may get a few moments of happiness, but you don’t depend on them because they are gifts, you always try to make a backup plan – these are the views of the great British adventurer Bear Grylls.
Bear Grylls is a famous British adventurer, explorer, TV presenter, and traveler, best known for his reality TV show called Man vs. The young adventurer began as a child, developing an interest in various sports such as sailing, skydiving, mountaineering, and martial arts.
His father worked with the Royal Yacht Squadron and later trained Bear in these sports as a child. This paved the way for bigger dreams, including climbing Mount Everest.
I guess you would like to learn more about the multi-talented Bear Grylls? Don’t go anywhere, because we have you figured out. In the following, we learn more about his early life, how he started his career, his fortune, his family, wife, children, and other interesting facts about Grylls.
Edward Michael Bear Grylls was born on 7 June 1974 in Donaghadee, County Down in Northern Ireland. He grew up partly in Donaghadee before his family moved to Bembridge on the Isle of Wight.
Bear attended Eaton House, Ludgrove School, and Eaton College. After graduating he enrolled at the University of West England where he studied Spanish and German. He also went to the University of London, Birkbeck, where he earned a part-time degree in Hispanic Studies. He graduated in 2002 with a grade of 2.2.
Bear served in the British army from 1994 to 1997. He was trained in winter warfare, unarmed combat, survival, climbing, parachuting, explosives, and desert warfare. After his training, he was sent twice to North Africa as a survival trainer. However, his career ended in the army as a result of an accident he suffered in Kenya when his parachute could not be opened. The incident caused a spinal injury that forced him to undergo rehabilitation for recovery.
In addition, Bear Grylls, who once dreamed of climbing Mount Everest, was able to make that dream come true after his recovery. On May 16, 1998, the young adventurer became one of the youngest climbers to accomplish this remarkable feat and entered his name in the Guinness Book of Records.
Since the beginning of his adventurous career, Bear has undertaken several expeditions. To raise money for the Lifeboat Institution in 2000, Bear led a team that circumnavigated the British Isles on jet skis and completed it in about 30 days. A few years later he led another team of five that crossed the North Atlantic in a rigid inflatable boat.
In 2007, Grylls set a new world record alongside Alan Veal, head of the Royal Navy Freefall Parachute Display Team, and Davide Hempleman-Adams, a mountaineer, after organizing the highest formal open-air dinner party in the open air with a hot air balloon at 25,000 feet.
Bear has led other expeditions including the Himalayan Paramotoring 2007, Journey to Antarctica 2008, Longest Indoor Freefall 2008, and Northwest Passage Expedition 2010.
In addition to his expeditions, Bear also hosts a television series called Born Survivor: Bear Grylls, which was later changed to Man vs. The series is very instructive and shows various stunts performed by Grylls to teach people how to survive when they are in awkward places. The series has been a great success and has made Bear an outstanding figure internationally. It is broadcast on British Channel 4 and other Discovery Channels in Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Grylls has also written several books, including Facing Up The Kid Who Climbed Everest, Facing The Frozen Ocean, and Born Survivor: Bear Grylls. In 2012, he published his autobiography entitled Mud, Sweat, and Tears, among others. Grylls has also appeared on many television shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night Show with Conan O’Brien, and Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, to name a few. He has also appeared in commercials such as Sure Deodorant, UK Anti Drugs TV Campaign, and others.
For his great influence, Bear Grylls was awarded the honorary rank of Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Naval Reserve in 2004. He was also awarded the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Naval Reserve in 2013.
Bear’s father Sir Michael Grylls is a conservative politician and he also worked with the Royal Yacht Squadron, while his mother Sara Lady Grylls is the daughter of the well-known politician and businesswoman Patricia Ford. He has an older sister called Lara Fawcett, who works as a PR agent for interior design and public relations and as a tennis coach. Lara named Edward “Bear” when he was just a week old.
Bear Grylls’s Net Worth
The super-talented British adventurer has amassed a great deal of wealth through his television broadcasts, expeditions, advertising, and the sale of his books. He currently lives a lavish lifestyle in his island villa. Bear Grylls has a net worth of 20 million dollars.
Apart from his television adventures, the wonderful adventurer has also made a lot of money as a motivational speaker. He has served as an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust and many other charities.
If you’re a fan, you can also contact Bear Grylls on social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to keep up with his latest adventures.
Is He Dead?
It is quite risky to embark on an adventure, and many of Gryll’s fans are now speculating whether he is dead or alive. I’m sorry to shock you, but the great adventurer is very much alive. However, he has been through life-threatening situations, ranging from a spinal injury sustained in a fall from 16,000 feet to dehydration and blinding migraines at 26,000 feet on Everest. He nearly drowned in the Sumatran jungle during the shooting of Born Survivor in 2009.
Similarly, while filming a video for Man Vs Wild, Grylls placed himself in another dangerous situation of survival in snow-covered Mount Yukon, Canada. Of the countless times in which this superstar has been put into life-threatening situations, he always made it in the end. Fortune does not always smile at us, but we all wish him good luck in his endeavors.
Wife / Kids
Bear Grylls is the married and proud father of three children. In 2000, he married his longtime girlfriend, Shara Cannings Knight. They have three sons – Huckleberry Edward Jocelyne Grylls, Jesse Grylls, and Marmaduke Mickey Percy Grylls.
Previously, Grylls had performed a feat in August 2015 with his youngest child Jesse. On Saint Tudwai’s Island on the North Welsh coast, the adventurer left his youngest son behind while a flood was approaching so that he could be rescued by the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution). After the rescue Bear was accused of using a small child for the stunt.
Despite his adventurous nature, Bear and his wife lived happily with their children. His family has been very supportive and there are no signs or news of divorce for the power couple yet.
In 2015 Bear Grylls acquired a super luxury villa on the site of the Battersea power station. The historic house was a 100-year-old former lighthouse keeper’s cottage, about 2,000 feet long and about 650 feet wide, which has now become a world-class icon. He bought the house for about $8 million.
Before the purchase, Grylls and his family lived in a houseboat with a canoe, hammock, and open-air pool on the Thames. They also spend time on the island off the coast of Wales.
Height and Other Quick Facts about Bear Grylls
- Birth Name: Bear Grylls
- Date of Birth: June 7, 1974
- Birth City: Donaghadee, Northern Island, United Kingdom
- Birth Sign: Gemini
- Nationality: British
- Ethnicity: Northern Irish
- Education: University of West England
- Profession: TV Presenter, Adventurer, and Writer
- Height: I.82 m
- Marital Status: Married
- Spouse: Shara Grylls (m. 2000)
- Children: 3 (Edward Grylls, Jesse Grylls, and Marmaduke Mickey Percy Grylls)
- Net Worth: $20 million