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Bear Grylls Net Worth

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Bear Grylls Net Worth:$25 Million
Born: 7th June 1974 (47 Years Old)
Profession: Adventurer, Writer, And TV Personality
Children: 3
Nationality: British

According to therichest.com, the British adventurer Bear Grylls has an estimated net worth of $25 million.

Early Life

Bear Grylls was born Edward Michael Grylls in London on the 7th of June 1974.

He grew up in Northern Ireland until he was four years old, when his family moved to the Isle of Wight.

Grylls was given the nickname Bear when he was only a week old by his older sister Lara, who is his only sibling.

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A Young Bear Grylls. Credit: Instagram

Grylls’s father was a conservative politician (Sir Michael Grylls) and his mother Sarah “Sally”, was the daughter and great-great-granddaughter of two first-class cricketers, Neville Ford, and William Augustus Ford.

Grylls learned to sail and climb at a young age alongside his father, a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron.

During adolescence, he took up skydiving and also earned a karate second dan black belt in Shotokan. Not to stop the talents there, he also speaks Spanish and French. He is also a Christian.

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A Young Bear Grylls Was A Martial Arts Black Belt. Credit: Instagram


Grylls went to three prestigious educational establishments: Eaton House, Ludgrove School, and Eton College. It was while he was at Eton that he started the school’s first mountaineering club.

After a stint in the Territorial Army (TA), Grylls went on to study at the University of the West of England in Bristol where he studied Spanish and German. He obtained a 2:2 bachelor’s degree in Hispanic Studies.

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Grylls Was In The Territorial Army As A Teenager. Credit: Facebook

Survival Training

After leaving school, Grylls went to the Himalayas and hiked around West Bengal and Sikkim. After this, he served in the Territorial Army as a trooper with 21 SAS.

He was trained in survival, climbing, parachuting, explosives, desert warfare, winter warfare, and unarmed combat.

Grylls became a survival instructor and was posted to North Africa twice.

Due to an accident when free-fall parachuting in Zambia in 1996, Grylls’ time in the SAS ended.

His parachute didn’t open, and he broke three vertebrae.

In an Instagram post, Grylls addressed his audiences’ questions regarding his parachute accident, “People sometimes ask me if my back ever hurts having broken it all those years ago in a parachuting accident.The answer is every day. And the treatment I get for it can be quite intense but life can at times be a battle for everyone and most people have their stuff to carry with them through the adventures.I choose just to be grateful for the opportunity to still be able to life live as best I can. Ps second photo is the ice treatment I do every day that helps keep me strong inside and out!

Bear Grylls Back Injury Still Affects Him To This Day. Credit: Instagram

Climbing Everest

Grylls’ childhood dream had been to climb Mount Everest in Nepal and he achieved this feat in May 1998 just 18 months after breaking his back.

He was only 23 at the time and became one of the youngest to have achieved it.

In his training for Everest, Grylls climbed Ama Dablam, a peak that Sir Edmund Hilary once described as being “unclimbable.”

He was the youngest Briton to do so.

Adventures On The Water

Grylls wasn’t just interested in mountain climbing.

In 2000, he led a team of people around the British Isles only on jet skis. The mission took around thirty days and was an expedition to raise funds for the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution).

At a similar time, he also rowed along the Thames naked in a bathtub to raise money for a friend who had lost his legs due to a climbing accident.

Bear Grylls With Charlie Mackesy Rowing Down The Thames In A Bathtub For Charity. Credit: Twitter

Another adventure on water for Bear Grylls involved him leading a team of five on an unassisted crossing of the Atlantic Ocean.

The team crossed in an open, rigid inflatable boat that was eleven meters long.

They encountered icebergs as well as force 8 gales. They journeyed from Halifax in Nova Scotia to John O’Groats in Scotland.

Altitude Adventures

Back on dry land in 2005, Grylls decided to create a world record for the highest altitude open-air dinner party.

This was achieved in a hot air balloon that was 7,600 meters up. They were dressed in full dinner suits as well as oxygen masks.

To train adequately for the event, Grylls did more than 200 parachute jumps. The event raised money for The Prince’s Trust and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

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Bear Grylls Attending The High Altitude Dinner Party. Credit:Facts.co

Not content with one altitude adventure, Grylls set out to set another record, this time using a paramotor over the Himalayas.

He took off at 4,400 meters, 8 miles south of Mount Everest.

He reached a height of 9,000 and endured temperatures of -60˚C and dangerously low levels of oxygen.

Expeditions for Global Angels

After Grylls’ Everest paramotor expedition, which was filmed for Channel 4 in the UK and the Discovery Channel worldwide, he became more well-known by the general public.

In 2008, the adventurer led a team in Antarctica to climb a remote, unclimbed peak. This was to raise money for Global Angels, a children’s charity.

The mission also had the aim of exploring the coastline by jet skis and inflatable boats.

However, the expedition had to be cut short because Grylls broke his shoulder whilst kite skiing. He had been traveling at 30 mph when a ski caught on the ice and launched him into the air.

Another activity for Global Angels was a Guinness World Record longest indoor freefall activity.

Grylls, alongside Freddy MacDonald and Al Hodgson, a double amputee, set the world record by using a vertical wind tunnel. They broke the record by around 3 seconds.

Grylls’ final expedition for the Global Angels charity was in 2010 when he led a team of five on an ice-breaking RIB (rigid-inflatable boat) on a 5,700 nautical mile expedition over the Northwest Passage.


Grylls has released a number of titles detailing his adventures.

His first was called Facing Up in the UK but The Kid Who Climbed Everest in the U.S. It described the Mount Everest expedition and his achievement to climb the summit.

Grylls’ second book was called Facing the Frozen Ocean and his third book was called Born Survivor: Bear Grylls, which was written to go alongside a TV series.

Grylls has also written Bear Grylls Outdoor Adventures, which is a guide to extreme outdoor pursuits.

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In Addition To His Biographies, Grylls Has Released A Series Of Adventure Books. Credit:Scouts.org

He released an autobiography in 2012 called Mud, Sweat and Tears: The Autobiography. Later that year, he released Survival Guide for Life and True Grit, in 2013.

Bear Grills has also written a series of books for children called Mission Survival.

His second autobiography Never Give Up was released in October 2021.

TV Appearances

The UK Ministry of Defence used Bear Grylls to head an anti-drugs TV campaign for the Army. He also featured in Harrods’ first-ever major advertising campaign.

Aside from advertisements, Grylls has appeared on talk shows like the Oprah Winfrey ShowFriday Night with Jonathan Ross, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Late Show with David Letterman, Attack of the Show!, Harry Hill’s TV Burp, Piers Morgan Life Stories, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Gryll’s major TV stints include Escape to the Legion, a show that followed Grylls and other recruits to recreate the basic desert training for the French Foreign Legion in the Sahara Desert.

In 2006, Grylls was also in a series called Born Survivor: Bear Grylls, which was broadcast in other countries as Man Vs. Wild or Ultimate Survival. It featured Bear Grylls being put into different inhospitable places and showing people how he could survive.

Over five years, there were seven seasons of the show.

Other shows he was involved in include Worst Case Scenario, Get Out Alive, Bear’s Wild Weekend, Escape from Hell, The Island, Running Wild with Bear Grylls, Mission Survive, Bear Grylls Survival School, Bear’s Mission, You Vs. Wild, World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji, and Bear Grylls Wild Adventure.

In the series Running Wild with Bear Grylls, the adventurer takes a number of celebrity/high profile figures into extreme environments and puts their survival skills to the test.

Guests have included tennis player Roger Federer and former US President Barack Obama.

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Grylls With Former US President Barack Obama. Credit:Variety.com

Charity and Politics

A lot of Grylls’ expeditions have been for charitable organizations.

He is an ambassador for The Prince’s Trust and has worked a lot with Global Angels.

Grylls is also a Care for Children ambassador, which supports children in Asia.

Politically speaking, Bear Grylls backed the “Remain” campaign in the 2016 UK EU referendum. Following the UK leaving the EU, Bear Grills asserted his right to Irish citizenship and obtained an Irish passport.

In 2019, Bear Grylls was recognized by the Queen and was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to charity, young people, and the media.

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Grylls Receiving His OBE From The Queen. Credit:Freepressjournal

Personal Life

In 2000, he married Shara Cannings Knight. Together they have three sons. The couple met on the north coast of Scotland when Grylls was preparing to climb Mount Everest. After his return from the expedition, he proposed to Shara.

The couple’s first son Jesse was born in March 2003. Then in April 2006, they welcomed Marmaduke. Finally, in January 2009, Huckleberry was born.

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Bear With His Wife Shara. Credit:OK!Magazine

The family split their time between London and a holiday home on an island off the North Wales coast, which they own.

Bear Grylls Quotes

“Being brave isn’t the absence of fear. Being brave is having that fear but finding a way through it.” – Bear Grylls

“I always wanted to be Robin Hood or John the Baptist when I was growing up.” – Bear Grylls

I was always brought up to have a cup of tea at halfway up a rock face

Bear Grylls

“The appeal of the wild for me is its unpredictability. You have to develop an awareness, react fast, be resourceful and come up with a plan and act on it.” – Bear Grylls

“I love Ray Mears. He’s brilliant. He’s so rude about me in the press, it’s outrageous.” – Bear Grylls

“My faith isn’t very churchy, it’s a pretty personal, intimate thing and has been a huge source of strength in moments of life and death.” – Bear Grylls

“As a young boy, scouting gave me a confidence and camaraderie that is hard to find in modern life.”

– Bear Grylls

Summary: Bear Grylls Net Worth

  • Bear Grylls Net Worth is $25 million
  • He was born in London, grew up in Northern Ireland until the age of 4, and then moved to the Isle of Wight.
  • Bear Grylls was in the SAS but left after a parachuting accident where he broke three vertebrae.
  • He has spent his life doing expeditions and seemingly impossible tasks. He’s climbed Mount Everest and has crossed the Atlantic in an inflatable boat, among other things.
  • Bear met his wife in Scotland just before he went to Everest and proposed shortly after he returned.
  • He was married in 2000 and has three sons called Jesse, Marmaduke, and Huckleberry.

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