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Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls is a British adventurer, writer as well as a television presenter. Bear Grylls is famous for his appearance in the popular television series ‘Man vs. Wild’. Likewise, he made an appearance in several other survival shows in his career.

Early Life and Childhood

Bear Grylls is 48 years old. He was born on June 7, 1974, in Donaghadee, County Down, Northern Ireland. His father’s name is Sir Michael Grylls who is a Conservative politician and his mother’s name is Sarah, Lady Grylls.

Since his childhood, he had a keen interest in sailing. He learned to climb and sail with his father at an early age.

Furthermore, he belongs to British nationality and mixed ethnicity of English, Irish, Cornish, Jewish (Sephardi and Ashkenazi), distant Scottish, and Welsh.


Talking about his educational history, he attended Eaton House, Ludgrove School, and Eton College. Later, he also studied Spanish and German at the University of West of England and Birkbeck, University of London. Further, he graduated with a 2:2 bachelor’s degree.

Bear Grylls – Net Worth 2023

Bear Grylls has earned a decent sum of money through his hard work and dedication toward his work. His estimated net worth is around $20 million.


Bear Grylls has been involved in several controversies in his professional life. He was criticized by Sir David Attenborough for killing animals in his show.

In addition, he has also become part of another controversy after he was fired from ‘Man vs Wild’ by the Discovery Channel. Though, there are no rumors concerning his life and career at present.

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Caption: PM Modi in an episode of Bear’s show (Source: today)

Professional Life

Reflecting on Bear Grylls’s professional life, he initially served in the British Army with 21 SAS from 1994 to 1997. Then, he also received the honorary rank of lieutenant commander in the Royal Naval Reserve in 2004.

Likewise, after his several adventures like the Northwest Passage expedition, the longest indoor freefall, Paramotoring over the Himalayas, and Crossing the North Atlantic, he joined the television world.

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Caption: PM Modi in an episode of Bear’s show (Source: Business Today)

Moreover, he made an appearance in several television shows to date.

He has also appeared in shows including ‘Bear Grylls: Face the Wild’, ‘Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls’, ‘Survivor Games with Bear Grylls’, ‘The Island with Bear Grylls’, and ‘Running Wild with Bear Grylls’ among others.

In addition, Grylls works as a motivational speaker too. He also became the youngest-ever Chief Scout at age 35. Further, he has been part of several charity works and is an ambassador for ‘Care for Children’.

Likewise, he appeared with Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi in a special episode shot in India’s Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand in August 2019. The episode was showcased in more than 180 countries across the world on Discovery, Inc.

Also, he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2019 Birthday Honours for services to young people, the media, and charity.

On 16 May 1998, he achieved his childhood dream of climbing to the summit of Mount Everest in Nepal, 18 months after fracturing three vertebrae in a parachuting accident. At the age of 23, he became among the youngest person to have achieved this feat at that time.


Reflecting on Bear Grylls’s awards, he won the TV Personality of the Year Award in 2016.

Personal Life

Talking bout Bear Grylls’s relationship status he is a married man. He got married to Shara Cannings-Knight in 2000. They are blessed with three children from this relationship, Marmaduke Mickey Percy Grylls, Jesse Grylls, and Huckleberry Edward Jocelyne Grylls.

However, he is very happy with his family. Likewise, there is no news regarding any extramarital affairs at present, and also no sign of divorce anytime soon.

Body Measurements

Bear has an amazing and tall personality. He has a height of 6 feet 10 inches (1.82 m) and weighs around 78 kg. Moreover, his hair color is brown and his eye color is grey.

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Caption: Bear on his show (Source: Wallpaper Cave)

Bear Grylls – Social Media

Bear Grylls is highly active on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. He has accompanied a huge number of fans following. Likewise, he has more than 1.4M followers on Twitter, more than 3.7M followers on Instagram, and around 7M followers on Facebook.


  • Bear Grylls Served in the British Special Air Services (SAS).
  • Likewise, he has also climbed Mount Everest.
  • He has received a Black Belt in Karate.
  • He broke his back in three places on a parachuting jump over Southern Africa.
  • In June 2005, he broke a world record by creating a dinner party at a table suspended below a hot air balloon at 24,500 feet.
  • He is an avid skydiver.
  • He led the first unassisted crossing of the frozen North Atlantic Ocean in an open, rigid inflatable boat.
  • Also, he owns an island on the Welsh coast, which has a nature reserve and lives on a converted barge on the River Thames with his wife Shara and their sons Jesse and Marmaduke.
  • Grylls spends time as a motivational speaker.
    His father died in 2001.

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