Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls

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Edward Michael "Bear" Grylls OBE is a British adventurer, writer, television presenter and businessman. He first drew attention after embarking on a number of adventures, and then became widely known for his television series Man vs. Wild.

Full Name
Edward Michael Grylls
Jun 7, 1974
6′ 0″
Net Worth


Bear Grylls was born Edward Michael Grylls on June 7, 1974, in Donaghadee, County Down, Northern Ireland. His father was an Anglican priest, and his mother was a writer and educator. He has two sisters, Lara and Jesse. At the age of 16, he completed the Ten Tors challenge across Dartmoor.

    In 1996, Bear received his commission in The Royal Marines Reserve and served in the 21 SAS regiment for three years until 1997 when he left due to a parachute accident that broke his back in three places. After his recovery, Bear successfully summited Mount Everest making him the youngest Briton to have ever done so at the age of 23.

    After climbing Everest, Bear become a motivational speaker and began writing books about his adventures. In 2006 he released the first installment of his autobiography series titled “Mud Sweat & Tears” which became a bestseller. He also became involved in television with Discovery Channel's “Man vs Wild” where he showed viewers how to survive in extreme environments around the world. His show is credited with inspiring many people to venture outdoors and explore nature.

    Since Man vs Wild ended in 2011, Bear has gone on to host numerous other shows such as “The Island with Bear Grylls” (2014), “Bear Grylls: Mission Survive” (2015) and “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” (2016). 

    In addition to television work, Bear is also an entrepreneur who founded a brand of outdoor gear called BearGrylls Survival Academy where customers can attend classes taught by himself or members of his team on survival skills ranging from archery to navigation techniques. He also serves as Chief Scout for The Scout Association since 2009 inspiring children all over the world to take up outdoor activities and adventure.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1974</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Bear Grylls is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On June 7, 1974, Bear Grylls was born in Isle of Wight, England.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1996</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Joins British Special Forces</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Grylls joins the British Special Forces and is trained as a soldier.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1998</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Becomes the Youngest Person to Summit Mount Everest</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">At the age of 23, Bear becomes the youngest person to summit Mount Everest.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2006</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Presents Adventure Series Man vs. Wild</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Grylls presents the hit adventure series Man vs. Wild on Discovery Channel.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2010</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Launches Kids Adventure Series</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Grylls launches Mission Survive, a kids adventure series on ITV.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2015</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Writes The Island Book Series</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Grylls publishes his first book in the Island series, Escape from the Island.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2020</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Hosts Adventure Series Running Wild with Bear Grylls</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Grylls hosts the NBC adventure series Running Wild with Bear Grylls.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> He's an Inspiration</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Bear Grylls is an inspiration to many people. His shows on the Discovery Channel, Man vs. Wild and Born Survivor display his amazing will and determination to overcome any obstacle or challenge he faces. He is a great example of what humans are capable of if they put their minds to it.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> He's an Adventurer</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Bear Grylls is an adventurer who loves experiencing nature in its rawest form. He has traveled all over the world, taking on the toughest challenges and situations. He pushes himself to his limits and encourages others to do the same, inspiring others to break out of their comfort zones and explore the world around them.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> He's a Philanthropist</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Bear Grylls is also very involved in philanthropic efforts. In 2010, he founded The Bear Grylls Foundation, which works to help disadvantaged children around the world. He also participates in various charity events and supports several different charities, including UNICEF, World Wildlife Fund and Save the Children.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> Former British Special Forces Soldier</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Bear Grylls is a former British Special Forces soldier, who served in the British Army for 3 years with 21 SAS.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> First to Summit Mount Everest at 23 Years Old</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Bear Grylls became the youngest Briton ever to reach the summit of Mount Everest at age 23.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Host of Adventure Reality TV Series</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Grylls is the host of the adventure reality television series Man vs. Wild on Discovery Channel.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Guiness World Record Holder</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Grylls holds the Guinness World Records title for Longest Freefall Parachute Jump after jumping from a height of 25,000 feet.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Honorary Member of the Special Air Service Regiment</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Grylls was made an honorary member of the Special Air Service Regiment in 2009 in recognition of his charity work and promotion of outdoor adventure.</p></div>


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