Bear Grylls is the world's most easily recognized survivalist. He has been to the top of the Everest and also to the barren stretches of America like Nevada and Utah. He is best known for his TV series Man vs Wild which is aired in many countries. He has also written a number of survival books and is on his way to build a media empire. In July 2009 Grylls made history by becoming the youngest ever Chief Scout. He achieved this feat when he was only 35 years of age.He is also known as the man who ate live trout in Northern Sweden in order to stay alive.
Bear is on a flexible contract for his TV shows and it is estimated that he earns a minimum of $72,000 per episode of "Man vs Wild". However, this payment does not include royalty payments which he gets through the sale of Man vs Wild memorabilia. He has inked quite a few endorsement deals and the most prominent among them is Dockers, the khaki apparel giant. He is also the face of Craghopper's clothing
In 1999 Bear Grylls was on the verge of buying a one-bedroom flat in London that would cost him £200,000 but it was very small. Then he chanced upon a 100-foot barge on the Thames which had three bedrooms and was going for £95,000. Though he has a house in NE England, he prefers to stay in the barge on Thames. He also owns a 20-acre private island off the Welsh coast that includes a cottage. He paid around £90,000 for the whole thing is now a proud owner of the island. It is estimated that the island is now worth £1m and the barge is worth £2.5m. He has also purchased several cottages in different parts of the country as investment vehicle
Grylls grew up in Northern Ireland and was educated at Eton College. He helped the college to starts its first mountaineering club. He graduated from University of London with a part-time degree in Hispanic studies in 2002. He has an active interest in a number of adventure sports like skydiving. He also holds a black belt in martial arts. He became a Club Scout at the age of eight. Grylls married Shara Cannings Knight in 2000. They have three sons and all of them live on the houseboat on River Thames.