Ranulph Fiennes: Biography highlights

Sir Ranulph Fiennes is an adventurer par excellence whose dedication and passion put him in a class of his own.

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Full biography of Ranulph Fiennes

Best known for crossing both the Arctic and Antarctic and conquering both poles he also completed the gruelling Marthaon des Sables at the age of 71. His contagious passion and captivating story-telling style make him one of the best speakers available anywhere.

Ranulph Fiennes’ Awards, Accolades, Achievements & Honours

  • The only living man to have travelled the Earth’s circumpolar axis
  • The only person to have received a double-clasp Polar Medal for exploration in the Arctic and Antarctica
  • The oldest Briton to reach the summit of Mount Everest
  • The oldest Briton to complete the Marathon des Sables
  • First to successfully reach both Poles (with Charles Burton)
  • First to cross the Antarctic and Arctic Ocean (with Charles Burton)
  • First and only circumnavigation of the world along its Polar Axis (with Charles Burton)

Extreme dedication, discipline and determination have enabled Sir Ranulph to become the successful explorer he is today, qualities he shares with his audience as he leads them through his adventurous life. Frequently humorous, often inspired and always approachable, Fiennes motivates teams and organisations to achieve their goals.

Sir Ranulph has set numerous record-breaking expeditions in some of the world’s most inhospitable environments. Best known for his expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic, Fiennes is an adventurer whose dedication and passion have led him to reach both poles, circumnavigate the world’s Polar Axis and to reach the summit of Everest at the age of 65. His experiences and adventures make him one of the most engaging and captivating speakers you could choose. In 1984, the Daily Telegraph named him as one of the top 10 speakers in the world.

He has worked with JP Morgan, British Airways and BT; he has been selected as chief motivational speaker by both IBM New York and AMWAY.

His accolades, too numerous to list in full include;

  • Founder’s Medal, National Geographic Society
  • The World’s Greatest Living Explorer, Guinness Book of Records
  • Double Clasp Polar Medal
  • UK’s Top Celebrity Fundraiser Just Giving
  • Above and Beyond Award – Marie Curie
  • Greatest Briton Award for Sport – ITV
  • Oldie of the Year Award, The Oldie magazine


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Defeating Vertigo With Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Defeating Vertigo With Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Sir Ranulph Fiennes by Alfred Dunhill
Sir Ranulph Fiennes by Alfred Dunhill
Highest Mountain - Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE - Guinness World Records 60th Anniversary
Highest Mountain - Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE - Guinness World Records 60th Anniversary
My Lifetime of Adventure | Sir Ranulph Fiennes | Google Zeitgeist
My Lifetime of Adventure | Sir Ranulph Fiennes | Google Zeitgeist

Truly remarkable proving that a can-do spirit is still alive in the free world

Ronald Reagan
RICS QS & Construction

Thank you again for making the evening so memorable, not only for myself but for the 590 people in attendance on the night, the feedback was overwhelmingly positive

Saatchi & Saatchi

A truly amazing evening. Ranulph not only left our guests in tears of laughter, but moreover inspired by his unparalleled, motivational spirit

Team Manager
Chester Festival

He thrilled and delighted the audience with his gripping stories from his expedition and adventures

His Royal Highness Prince Charles

My admiration for Ran is unbounded, and thank God he exists. The world would be a far duller place without him


You lead such an inspiring life and not only defy the odds but also ensure that those who need help receive it with the many millions you and your team have raised over the years

Rolls Royce plc

I wanted to thank you personally for such an outstanding contribution to what became a hugely successful Conference. You have the unique gift to motivate and inspire people to push themselves to the limits

Head of Professional Development-Finance

The session was amazing, Sir Ranulph’s story is beyond anything I could’ve imagined and was fascinating from beginning to end. We even had some people say he is the best speaker they’d ever heard/seen!

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