Adventurers are risk takers and the saying that if you risk nothing you gain nothing is always their watchword. There are so many people who enjoy going for an adventure, to some, it’s their hobby but to others like Bear Grylls, it’s their life. To be an adventurer, one must be smart, brave, creative, and well-talented. You might get some luck moments but you don’t depend on them because they are gifts, always try to build a backup plan – these are the views of the great British adventurer Bear Grylls.
Bear Grylls is a famous British adventurer, explorer, television presenter and a traveler, best known for his reality television show titled Man Vs Wild. It started from his childhood, the young adventurer started by developing an interest in different sports including sailing, skydiving, mountaineering, and martial arts.
His father worked with the Royal Yacht Squadron and later trained Bear on these sports as a child. This opened a way for him to have bigger dreams including climbing Mount Everest.
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Edward Michael Bear Grylls was born in Donaghadee located in County Down, in Northern Ireland on June 7, 1974. He was partly raised in Donaghadee before his family moved to Bembridge on the Isle of Wight.
Bear attended Eaton House, Ludgrove School, and Eaton College. After his graduation, he enrolled at the University of West England where he studied Spanish and German Languages. He further went to University of London, Birkbeck, where he obtained a part-time degree in Hispanic studies. He graduated with a 2.2 grade in 2002.
Bear served in the British Army from 1994 – 1997. He was trained in winter warfare, unarmed combat, survival, climbing, parachuting, explosives, and desert warfare. After his training, he was posted to North Africa twice as a survival instructor. However, his career ended in the army as a result of an accident he encountered in Kenya when his parachute refused to open. The incident caused a spinal injury which led him to undergo rehabilitation in order to recover.
Furthermore, after his recovery, Bear Grylls who once dreamt of climbing Mount Everest was able to make this dream a reality. On May 16, 1998, the young adventurer became one of the youngest climbers to have achieved this remarkable feat and placed his name in the Guinness Book of Records.
Bear has carried out several expeditions ever since he started his adventure career. In a bid to raise money for the Lifeboat Institution in 2000, Bear led a team to circumnavigate the British Isles on jet Skis completing it in about 30 days. A few years later, he led another team of five to cross the North Atlantic Ocean using a rigid inflatable boat.
In 2007, Grylls alongside Alan Veal the leader of the Royal navy Freefall Parachute Display Team and Davide Hempleman-Adams a mountaineer, set a new world record after they organized the highest open-air formal dinner party using a hot-air balloon at 25,000 feet above sea level.
Bear has carried out other expeditions including the Paramotoring over the Himalayas in 2007, Journey to Antarctica in 2008, Longest Indoor Freefall in 2008 and Northwest Passage Expedition in 2010.
Asides from his expeditions, Bear also hosts a television series titled Born Survivor: Bear Grylls which was later changed to Man Vs Wild. The show is highly educative and it features various stunts performed by Grylls in a bid to teach people how to survive whenever you find yourself in unfavorable places. The series has recorded huge success and has placed Bear as a prominent figure internationally. It airs on British channel 4 as well as other Discovery Channels in Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Additionally, Grylls has written several books including Facing Up The Kid Who Climbed Everest, Facing the Frozen Ocean and Born Survivor: Bear Grylls. He released his autobiography titled Mud, Sweat, and Tears in 2012 among others. Grylls has also featured in many television shows such as Oprah Winfrey Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night Show with Conan O’Brien, and Friday Night with Jonathan Ross just to mention a few. He has also appeared in adverts including Sure Deodorant, UK Anti Drugs TV Campaign among others.
For his huge impact, Bear Grylls received an honorary rank of Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Naval Reserve in 2004. Also, he was given an honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Marines 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 a notable politician and businesswoman Patricia Ford. He has an elder sister named Lara Fawcett who is an interior design public relations agent as well as a tennis coach. Lara gave Edward the name ‘Bear’ when he was just one week old.
Is He Dead?
Being in an adventure is quite risky and this has left many of Grylls’s fans speculating if he is dead or alive. Well, sorry to shock you but the great adventurer is very much alive. Though he has passed through life-threatening situations ranging from when he sustained a spinal injury from a fall from 16000 feet above the sea level to suffering dehydration and blinding migraine 26,000 feet atop Everest. He almost drowned in 2009 during the filming of Born Survivor in the Sumatra Jungle.
Similarly, while shooting a video for Man Vs Wild, Grylls placed himself in yet another dangerous situation of survival in the snowy mountain Yukon in Canada. Out of the countless times this superstar has encountered life-threatening situations, he has always made it in the end. Though luck doesn’t smile at us always, we all wish him the best of luck in his endeavors.
Wife / Kids
Bear Grylls is a married man and a proud father of three children. He married his longtime girlfriend named Shara Cannings Knight in 2000. They have three sons – Huckleberry Edward Jocelyne Grylls, Jesse Grylls, and Marmaduke Mickey Percy Grylls.
Previously, Grylls pulled a stunt using his youngest child Jesse in August 2015. While on Saint Tudwai’s Island along the North Wales coast, the adventurer left his youngest son while a tide was approaching so he could be rescued by the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution). After the rescue, Bear was faulted for using a little child for the stunt.
Despite his adventurous nature, Bear and his wife have been living together happily with their children. His family has been very supportive and there is no sign or news of divorce yet for the power couple.
In 2015, Bear Grylls acquired a super luxury mansion at the Battersea Power Station site. The historical house was a 100-year-old former lighthouse keeper’s cottage which is about 2,000 feet long and about 650 feet wide, now turned into a world-class icon. He purchased the house for about $8 million.
Prior to the purchase, Grylls and his family lived in a houseboat with a canoe, hammock, and outdoor bath on the river Thames. They also spend time on the island off the coast of Wales.
Bear Grylls’s Net Worth
The Super-talented British adventurer has amassed a lot of wealth from his television shows, expeditions, adverts, and the sale of his books. He is currently living a lavish lifestyle in his Island mansion. Bear Grylls has a net worth of $20 million.
Asides his television adventures show, the wonderful adventurer has also earned huge amount of money from working as a motivational speaker. He has served as an ambassador for The Prince’s Trust as well as many other charity works.
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
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