Bear Grylls Net Worth 2023: Income, Salary, Records, Career

What is Bear Grylls’ Net Worth?

NameBear Grylls
Net Worth$25 Million
ProfessionAdventurer, Television Presenter
CountryUnited States of America
BornJune 7, 1974
Salary$5 Million Per Year
Last Updated2023

Bear Grylls is a British adventurer and television presenter who has a net worth of $25 million. Grylls has become one of the most recognizable faces of survival and outdoor adventure around the world with his show “Man Vs Wild”.

He subsequently gained recognition when he starred in the seven seasons of the Discovery Channel’s Emmy Award-nominated “Man vs. Wild” TV series one of the most popular shows on the planet with 1.2 billion viewers.

Grylls was trained in martial arts and he served three years in the British Special Forces as a member of the 21 SAS Regiment. He also went on to be one of the youngest Everest climbers, despite fracturing his back in a free-fall accident only a few months prior.

He has hosted more extreme adventure TV shows on more global networks than anybody else in the world. He also appears in a number of wilderness survival tv shows including, Running Wild with Bear Grylls and The Island with Bear Grylls.

Guinness World Records

  • Grylls set a world record for the highest open-air formal dinner party, which they held under a hot-air balloon at 7,600 meters, dressed in full mess dress and gas masks.
  • Grylls achieved a Guinness world record for the longest continuous indoor freefall in 2008 along with double amputee Al Hodgson and Scotsman Freddy MacDonald.

Early Life and Education

Edward Michael Grylls was born on June 7, 1974, to Sir Michael Grylls and Sarah. Grylls has an older sibling, Lara Fawcett. He was raised in Donaghadee, Northern Ireland until he was four years old and later his family moved to Bembridge, Isle of Wight.

He began climbing and sailing at a young age with his father who was a member of the elite “Royal Yacht Squadron”. He also learned to skydive as a teenager and obtained a second dan black belt in Shotokan karate.

Grylls attended Eaton House, Ludgrove School, and Eton College, where he co-founded the school’s first mountaineering club. He pursued Spanish and German at the University of the West of England, Bristol, and at Birkbeck College, where he earned a 2:2 bachelor’s degree in Hispanic studies part-time in 2002.

Military Career

Grylls was a member of the “British Special Forces” 21 SAS Regiment for 3 years. He was in the British Army Reserves from 1994 to 1997. He was an unarmed combat soldier who had received training in desert warfare, winter warfare, explosives, parachuting, survival, and climbing. He also served as a survival instructor in North Africa twice. His career in the SAS was cut short in 1996 when his parachute failed to open, breaking his 3 vertebrae.

Bear Grylls Net Worth and Career
Bear Grylls Net Worth


Bear took some time off and recovered through medicine and rehabilitation after the injury. In 1997, he became the youngest British climber to reach the summit of Mount Ama Dablam. He went mountaineering in the Himalayan Mountains of Sikkim and West Bengal and in 1998, he ascended Mount Everest and entered his name into the Guinness Book of Records.

In 2000, he led a group of Jet Skis around the UK to raise funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). This was a breakthrough initiative and the expedition lasted thirty days.

In 2003, he led an expedition to the north Atlantic Arctic Ocean with a team of 5 members. He set a new record in 2005 when he hosted the largest open-air formal dinner party. That same year, he headed an expedition to paramotor over Angel Falls, the world’s highest waterfall.

He set a new record in 2007 when he flew a para jets across the Himalayas. In 2010, he and a team of five embarked on a 2,500-mile Northwest Passage trip in a rigid-inflatable boat.


Grylls has authored over 95 books. His debut book “Facing Up” was one of the top ten best-selling books in the United Kingdom and the same book was released in the United States under the title “The Kid Who Climbed Everest”.

Grylls also wrote an autobiography “Mud, Sweat, and Tears” which spent 15 weeks at the top of the Sunday Times book list and has sold more than 19 million copies worldwide. The book was even named China’s most influential book in 2012. The names of some of his books are given below.

  • A Survival Guide for Life
  • The Blizzard Challenge
  • To My Sons: Lessons For The Wild Adventure Called Life
  • Facing Up: A Remarkable Journey To The Summit Of Mt. Everest
  • Mission Survival 1: Gold of the Gods.
  • The Sea Challenge
  • Fuel For Life
  • How To Stay Alive: The Ultimate Survival Guide For Any Situation
  • The Ghost Flight
  • Burning Angels
  • Soul Fuel


Grylls has teamed up with several major brands as he rose to fame via his adventurous TV shows including:

  • LG
  • Heinz
  • Ducati Corse Motorcycles
  • Omega watches

Personal Life

Grylls has been married to Shara Cannings Knight since 2000, and the two have 3 children: Jesse, Marmaduke, and Huckleberry. Bear Grylls left his 11-year-old kid on an island as the tide came in leaving him to be rescued by RNLI lifeboat volunteers in 2015. The boy was not harmed but the RNLI afterward chastised him for his stunt.

Bear Grylls Net Worth and Personal Life
Bear Grylls Net Worth and Personal Life


He has supported numerous charitable organizations including:

  • The Prince’s Trust
  • The JoLt Trust
  • Global Angels
  • Hope and Homes for Children
  • SSAFA Forces Help
  • Royal National Lifeboat Institution
  • The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme


Grylls owns a home in London and an island off the coast of Wales that includes a nature reserve, and he and his family reside on a converted barge on the River Thames.

His own island retreat is 20 acres in size and five miles offshore, with no access to the outside world, electricity, or running water. The bay is home to gray seals, bottle-nosed dolphins, otters, and porpoises, and the rocky grass-covered island is around 2,000ft long and 650ft broad.

Car Collection

Grylls’ garage contains a variety of high-end vehicles including:

  • Land Rover Defender
  • Lincoln Navigator
  • Land Rover Discovery

Interesting Facts About Bear Grylls

  • Grylls comes from a family of cricketers.
  • Grylls’s father was a Conservative politician.
  • Grylls’ sister nicknamed him “Bear” when he was a week old.
  • Bear Grylls is a big fan of the Indian Army.
  • Grylls’ first break was appearing on a deodorant ad.
  • Grylls created an exclusive Man versus Wild game for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii.
  • Grylls has a long history of terrible injuries and nearly 4,319 mosquito bites.
  • Bear also accompanied India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi into the woods, setting a new record for the “world’s most trending broadcast event” with 3.6 billion impressions.
  • Bear has also taken some of the world’s most famous people, including former President Barack Obama, Julia Roberts, Will Ferrell, and Channing Tatum, on remarkable experiences.


Bear joined the Cub Scouts when he was 8 years old and he has since stayed strongly committed with the organization ever since. In 2009, he received the huge honor of being named Chief Scout. Bear still holds the title as of 2016, and he is quite engaged in the scouting movement, which he says ‘humbles’ him every day.

Television Career

Bear has built a television career that has elevated him to the top tier of the survival and adventure genres. Grylls was chosen by the UK Ministry of Defense to lead the Army’s anti-drugs television campaign and he appeared in Harrods’ first major advertising campaign.

Grylls has also appeared on various talk shows like “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!”.

Grylls has also recorded two commercials for Post’s “Trail Mix Crunch Cereal” which ran in the US in 2009. He’s been in shows for both UK and American networks, and Survivor Games, made in collaboration with Dragon TV has recently reached the Chinese market.

His long-standing working agreement with the Discovery Channel network resulted in his shows being seen all over the world, and he currently works with the NBC network in America, while also creating shows for Channel 4 in the UK.

His notable shows include “Born Survivor (also known in different areas as Man vs. Wild and Ultimate Survival), Bear’s Wild Weekend, Escape to the Legion, Worst Case Scenario, Bear’s Mission, Get Out Alive, Escape From Hell, The Island, Running Wild with Bear Grylls,
Bear Grylls Wild Adventure, You vs. Wild and World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji”. As of July 2022, Bear Grylls has a net worth of $25 million.

Other Works

Outside of television, Grylls is a motivational speaker who travels the world giving presentations to corporations, churches, schools, and other organizations. He owns a franchise of the Juice Plus dietary supplement company.

Bear is the founder of a variety of outdoor adventure holidays for adults and children in collaboration with “Craghoppers”. He is also working on a survival line of basics for survival items like knives and gear with Gerber, an American knife maker.

Awards and Achievements

Grylls was awarded the honorary rank of lieutenant commander in the Royal Naval Reserve in 2004 as well as the honorary title of lieutenant colonel in the Royal Marines Reserve in 2013. He also received two BAFTAS for his work on the Channel 4 show The Island with Bear Grylls. He’s also been nominated for three Primetime Emmys for his work on television.

He received Daytime Emmy nominations for You vs. Wild: Out Cold and the GQ Men of the Year Award for Man Vs. Wild. Grylls was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by the Queen of England in 2019.


As of 2023, Bear Grylls’ net worth is estimated to be $25 million. The “Man vs. Wild” series is aired in 180 countries across the world being America’s one of the most popular tv shows. Grylls earned roughly $30,000 – 60,000 per episode of the show ‘Man vs. Wild.’ Apart from this, he makes millions each year from children’s books to camping knives, various merchandise, and TV shows.

He reportedly received $3,900,000 from the sales of Bear Grylls’ children’s books, $67,280,000 from the sales of Bear Grylls’ Ultimate Pro Knife in its first year, and $4,440,000 from Bear Grylls’ UK merchandising arm.

He has received a $6 million contract fee for season 6 of Running Wild with Bear Grylls in 2021. Thus, Bear Grylls is considered a famous name in many households throughout the world due to his incredibly adventurous spirit.

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