Richest Celebrities
Net Worth:
$25 Million
Date of Birth:
Jun 7, 1974 (49 years old)
Place of Birth:
Isle of Wight
6 ft (1.83 m)
Writer, Presenter, Author, Motivational speaker, Actor
United Kingdom
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What is Bear Grylls' net worth?

Bear Grylls is a British adventurer and writer who has a net worth of $25 million. Bear Grylls first became widely-known thanks to his television series "Man vs. Wild," which was known as "Born Survivor: Bear Grylls" in the United Kingdom. Famous for his passion for the outdoors and survival in the wild, he was appointed the youngest-ever Chief Scout (head of The Scout Association) at the age of 35. Man Vs. Wild aired 73 episodes between 2006 and 2011.

Early Life

Edward Michael Grylls was born on  June 7, 1974, in London, England. He grew up in Donaghadee, Northern Ireland until the age of four when his family moved to the Isle of Wight. From an early age, his father taught him to climb and sail. As a teenager, he took up skydiving and earned a second black belt in Shotokan karate.

Grylls studied at Eaton House, Ludgrove School, and Eton College. He was part of the group of students who started Eton's first mountaineering club. He studied Spanish and German at the University of West of England and at the University of London. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Hispanic studies in 2002. After graduation, he went mountain hiking in the Himalayan mountains in West Bengal and Sikkim.

Grylls served in the British Army reserves from 1994 to 1997. He was a trooper trained in unarmed combat, desert warfare, winter warfare, explosives, parachuting, survival, and climbing. He was stationed in North Africa twice as a survival instructor. His time in the Army reserves ended when he was in a free-fall parachuting accident in Kenya. His parachute didn't open and he broke three vertebrae.

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Grylls entered television work with an appearance in an advertisement for deodorant, featuring his ascent of Mount Everest. Grylls filmed a four-part TV show in 2005, called "Escape to the Legion," which followed Grylls and eleven other "recruits" as they took part in a shortened re-creation of the French Foreign Legion's basic desert training in the Sahara.

Grylls has been a guest on numerous talk shows on both sides of the pond including "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "Late Night with Conan O'Brien", "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Late Show with David Letterman," and "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

He has also starred in several other reality TV series including "Bear Grylls Wild Weekends," LBear Grylls: Breaking Point," "Bear Grylls: Mission Service," "Bear Grylls: Survival School," "The Island with Bear Grylls," "Running Wild with Bear Grylls," and more. He also executive produced the television series Bear Grylls: Mission Service and The Island with Bear Grylls.

Grylls hosts a series titled "Born Survivor: Bear Grylls," (UK)/ "Man vs. Wild" (Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India, and the United States)/"Ultimate Survival" (Europe, Asia, and Africa.) The series features Grylls dropped into inhospitable places, showing viewers how to survive.

In 2012, Grylls was fired by The Discovery Channel after a dispute over his contract.

"Running Wild With Bear Grylls" premiered on NBC in 2014. 2020 marks the show's fifth season. On the show, Grylls takes A-list celebrities like Brie Larson, Channing Tatum, and Armie Hammer, on outdoor adventures that push the pampered celebrities beyond their comfort zone. Reviews of the show have called it a cross between "Survivor" and "The Amazing Race."

In 2020, Amazon Prime released Grylls' latest show called "The World's Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji," which documents the world's toughest race in Fiji. Sixty-six teams from 30 countries raced non-stop 24 hours a day for 11 days across 416 miles of terrain in Fiji. Of course, Grylls makes a point of hanging out of a helicopter during the show. The 10 episode series follows the competitors in the race as they hike, climb, bike, paddle, and climb over the mountains, through the jungles and swamps, and across ocean waters. A total of 330 people took part in the competition. They were competing for a $100,000 cash prize. The average temperature during the event was 82 degrees.

In July 2020, Grylls announced that he was forming a digital network called The Bear Grylls Digital Network. It is slated to launch this fall. The network will focus on adventure and outdoor lifestyle programming aimed at young audiences. Gryll's hopes to attract a new generation of viewers to his adventure lifestyle. Shows will be distributed across his social media channels including YouTube, Snap, Facebook, Instagram, and more.


Grylls is the author of  15 books. He wrote six books about his extreme adventures. Grylls has also written a series of five children's adventure books in his "Misson Survival" series. He has written two novels in the thriller genre. He's also written a Christian book called "Soul Fuel."

Personal Life

On May 26, 1998, he fulfilled his lifelong dream of climbing to the summit of Mount Everest, just 18 months after breaking three vertebrae in a parachuting accident.

His older sister and only sibling Lara Fawcett gave him the nickname 'Bear' when he was a week old.

Grylls married Shara Cannings Knight in 2000. They have two sons: Marmaduke and Huckleberry.

Grylls, along with the double-amputee Al Hodgson and the Scotsman Freddy MacDonald, set a Guinness world record in 2008 for the longest continuous indoor freefall. The previous record was 1 hour 36 minutes by a US team. Grylls, Hodgson, and MacDonald, using a vertical wind tunnel in Milton Keynes, broke the record by a few seconds. The attempt was in support of the charity Global Angels

Grylls has been involved in charity work and has served as an ambassador for The Prince's Trust.

Real Estate

Grylls owns a small, private island hideaway in Wales, U.K. It's 20 acres and five miles offshore with no electricity, or running water. It has a little lighthouse beside the house and is surrounded by amazing sea cliffs, seals, and dolphins.

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