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List of famous male adventurers, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male adventurers list contains the most prominent and top males known for being adventurers. There are thousand of males working as adventurers in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic adventurers have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a adventurer then the people below should give you inspiration.

This list includes David Mayer de Rothschild, George Kourounis and more people.

While this isn't a list of all male adventurers, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male adventurers?" and "Who are the best male adventurers?"
Bear Grylls is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Adventurers
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Edward Michael "Bear" Grylls is a British adventurer, writer and television presenter. He is widely known for his television series Man vs. Wild, originally titled Born Survivor: Bear Grylls in the United Kingdom. Grylls is also involved in a number of wilderness survival television series in the United Kingdom and the United States. In July 2009, Grylls was appointed the youngest-ever Chief Scout at the age of 35. ...more

Age: 43

Birthplace: Isle of Wight, United Kingdom

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Marco Polo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Adventurers
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Marco Polo was a Venetian merchant traveller whose travels are recorded in Livres des merveilles du monde, a book that introduced Europeans to Central Asia and China. He learned the mercantile trade from his father and uncle, Niccolò and Maffeo, who travelled through Asia, and met Kublai Khan. In 1269, they returned to Venice to meet Marco for the first time. The three of them embarked on an epic journey to Asia, returning after 24 years to find Venice at war with Genoa; Marco was imprisoned and dictated his stories to a cellmate. He was released in 1299, became a wealthy merchant, married, and had three children. He died in 1324 and was buried in the church of San Lorenzo in Venice. Marco ...more

Age: Died at 70 (1254-1324)

Birthplace: Republic of Venice

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Aron Ralston is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Adventurers
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Aron Lee Ralston is an American outdoorsman, engineer and motivational speaker. He survived a canyoneering accident in south-eastern Utah in 2003, during which he amputated his own right forearm with a dull pocketknife in order to extricate himself from a dislodged boulder, which had him trapped for five days and seven hours. After he freed himself, he had to rappel down a 65-foot sheer cliff face to reach safety. The incident is documented in Ralston's autobiography Between a Rock and a Hard Place and is the subject of the 2010 film 127 Hours starring James Franco. ...more

Age: 42

Birthplace: Marion, Ohio, United States of America

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Thor Heyerdahl is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Adventurers
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Thor Heyerdahl was a Norwegian adventurer and ethnographer with a background in zoology, botany, and geography. He became notable for his Kon-Tiki expedition in 1947, in which he sailed 8,000 km across the Pacific Ocean in a hand-built raft from South America to the Tuamotu Islands. The expedition was designed to demonstrate that ancient people could have made long sea voyages, creating contacts between separate cultures. This was linked to a diffusionist model of cultural development. Heyerdahl subsequently made other voyages designed to demonstrate the possibility of contact between widely separated ancient people. He was appointed a government scholar in 1984. In May 2011, the Thor ...more

Age: Died at 88 (1914-2002)

Birthplace: Larvik, Norway

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