Sir Ranulph Fiennes is ‘The World’s Greatest Living Explorer’.
One of our longest represented clients, the Gordon Poole Agency has worked closely with Sir Ranulph for over 30 years on brand partnerships, lectures and TV programmes.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes was born in 1944 and educated at Eton College.
He followed in his father’s military footsteps serving with The Royal Scots Greys before passing SAS selection.
In 1968 he joined the Sultan of Oman’s army. Fiennes was awarded the Sultan’s Bravery Medal by HM the Queen.
Ranulph Fiennes has led 22 major expeditions in the world’s remotest areas, including both Poles.
He is the only person alive to have travelled around the Earth’s circumpolar surface. Furthermore, he was the first explorer to cross the Antarctic continent unsupported.
Aged 65, in 2009, Fiennes climbed Mount Everest. As a result, he became the oldest Brit to conquer Everest.
Since leading the British Expedition on the White Nile in 1969, Ranulph Fiennes has been at the forefront of many groundbreaking exploratory expeditions.
“My admiration for Ran is unbounded, and thank God he exists.”
HRH Prince Charles
- Transglobe (1979/82) – This was the first surface journey around the world’s polar axis. As a result, Fiennes and Charles Burton became the first people to reach both Poles by surface travel.
- North Polar Unsupported Expedition (1986).
- Anglo-Soviet North Pole Expedition (1990/91).
- Ubar Expedition (1991) – Discovered Ptolemy’s long-lost Atlantis of the Sands.
- Pentland South Pole Expedition (1992/93) – The first unsupported crossing of the Antarctic Continent and the longest unsupported polar journey in history.
- 7x7x7 (2003) – Ranulph Fiennes, with Dr Mike Stroud, ran seven marathons, in 7 days, on seven continents. Furthermore, Sir Ranulph completed the challenge despite having a heart attack and double bypass operation four months prior.
- The Eiger (2007) – Climbed the North Face of the Eiger raising over £1.71 million for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
- Everest (2009) – Conquered Everest (aged 65) raising funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
- The Coldest journey (2013) – Attempted to lead the first team on foot, across Antarctica, during the southern winter. Unfortunately, due to frostbite, he was evacuated from the Antarctic.
In 2018, along with his cousin, actor Joseph Fiennes, Sir Ranulph embarked on a new adventure series for National Geographic. ‘Egypt with The World’s Greatest Explorer’ follows the Fiennes’ as they recreate Sir Ranulph’s famed 1969 expedition along the River Nile.
Sir Ranulph was awarded the Polar Medal by HM the Queen in 1986 for Outstanding Service to British Polar Exploration and Research. Furthermore, his late wife, Virginia, was the first female to be awarded the Polar Medal.
In 1994, he received the 2nd clasp to his Polar Medal in recognition of his outstanding achievements in Polar exploration. No other person has a double clasp medal, each of which acknowledges both Arctic and Antarctic achievements.
Furthermore, Fiennes has raised over £15 million for UK charities through his expeditions. As a result, in 1993 he was awarded an OBE for Human Endeavour and Charitable Services.
Ranulph Fiennes Books:
A prolific author, Sir Ranulph released his first book in 1970. He has since written many best-sellers.
- Living Dangerously
- The Feather Men
- Atlantis of the Sands
- Beyond the Limits
- Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know
- My Heroes: Extraordinary Courage, Exceptional People
In one of his most recent books FEAR, the world’s greatest explorer delves into his own experiences to explain what fear is, how it happens and how he’s overcome it.
Motivational Speaker: Living Dangerously
As one of the world’s most famous Motivational Speakers, Sir Ranulph Fiennes draws an analogy between his most dangerous challenges and our day-to-day business challenges.
The elements vital to the success of an expedition include teamwork, determination, patience, discipline, enthusiasm and creative thinking. Building a team with the correct character and attitude is of paramount importance.
Persistence, planning, organisational ability, flexibility to beat unexpected obstacles, goal-setting and performing under extreme pressure are factors in the success of Sir Ranulph’s remarkable endeavours. The same qualities are all crucial to success in the business world.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes Speaking Titles:
- Living Dangerously: A Life of Adventure.
- Nothing is Beyond Your Reach: Motivation, Determination & Resilience.
- A Commitment to Challenge: Motivation, Leadership and Teamwork.
- Atlantis of the Sands: The Long Search for the Lost City of Ubar.
- Transglobe – To the Ends of the Earth: Journey around the Earth’s polar axis.
Presentations vary in length from 30 to 75 minutes and are available as a motivational keynote or after-dinner speech.
As a top after-dinner speaker, Sir Ranulph’s speeches are witty and entertaining. Once you’ve heard it, you’ll never forget the ‘Sir Ranulph Fiennes fingers‘ story!
For speaking engagements, brand partnerships and media opportunities, please contact us and speak to the Sir Ranulph Fiennes agent.