Sir Ranulph Fiennes is, according to The Guinness Book of Records, The World's Greatest Living Explorer and the Daily Telegraph listed Ranulph Fiennes as “One of the world's top ten speakers”. That was back in 1984, and since then he has broken many more world records and led many more expeditions to the most remote regions of our planet.
He is the first person ever to have climbed Mount Everest and crossed both Antarctica and the Arctic Ocean via the Poles.
Born in 1944 and educated at Eton, Sir Ranulph served with the Royal Scots Greys before joining the elite SAS. In 1968, he joined the Army of the Sultan of Oman and in 1970 was awarded the Sultan's Bravery Medal. In the same year he married his childhood sweetheart, Virginia, who, in 1987, became the first woman to be awarded the Polar Medal. She passed away in 2004.
'Look for a brave spirit' is the Fiennes family motto - a thousand years of courageous and resourceful ancestors, traceable directly through 48 generations to Charlemagne, live on in Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes Bt.
Sir Ranulph has led over 22 major expeditions to remote parts of the world. In 1982, the Transglobe Expedition accomplished the first surface polar circumnavigation of Earth, having taken seven years to plan and three years to complete.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Charlie Burton were the first men to reach both poles. Fascinated by the legends of the Lost City of Ubar, described by Lawrence of Arabia as the Atlantis of the Sands, Ranulph Fiennes led several expeditions in the great deserts of Arabia, before finally finding the city in Oman in 1992.
In 1993, Sir Ranulph and Dr. Mike Stroud completed the first entirely unassisted polar journey across the Antarctic Continent, the longest polar journey in history. For ninety-seven days the two men fought pain, starvation and snow-blindness, dragging 500-pound sledges across the frozen roof of the world. Their physical struggle against the elements soon turned into a psychological and mental struggle between the two explorers.
In 1993, Sir Ranulph was awarded an OBE for 'human endeavour and charitable services', and in 1995 was unique in being awarded a double clasp to his Polar Medal in recognition of his outstanding achievements in Polar exploration. Other honours include the Sultan of Oman's Bravery Medal, the Founder's Medal of the Royal Geographical Society and the New York Explorer's Club Gold Medal.
To-date, Sir Ranulph Fiennes has raised over £18.9 million for different UK charities including the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, the British Heart Foundation and Marie Curie. He has been named in 2011 as the UK's top fundraiser by JustGiving, the UK's most popular online fundraising platform, and has raised more than any other celebrity fundraiser featured on JustGiving.com during the same period. To-date he has raised £8.3 million for Marie Curie alone.
Also a published best-selling author, Sir Ranulph has written over 25 books – both fiction and non-fiction including ‘Where Soldiers Fear To Tread' (1983), ‘Living Dangerously' (1987), ‘The Sett’ (1996), ‘Beyond The Limits' (2000), ‘Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know’ (2008), ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen' (2009), ‘My Heroes' (2011), ‘Cold' (2013), ‘Heat’ (2015) and ‘Fear’ (2016).