Famous Male Adventurers

Updated June 14, 2019 13.6k views 33 items

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
Photo:  Jamie Gray/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 2.0

Edward Michael Grylls (born 7 June 1974), better known as Bear Grylls, is a British former SAS serviceman, survival instructor, and honorary lieutenant-colonel, and, outside his military career, an adventurer, writer, television presenter and businessman. He is widely known for his television series Man vs. Wild (2006–2011), originally titled Born Survivor: Bear Grylls for the United Kingdom release. Grylls is also involved in a number of wilderness survival television series in the UK and US. In July 2009, Grylls was appointed the youngest-ever Chief Scout of the United Kingdom and Overseas Territories at age 35, a post he has held for a second term since 2015. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 44

Birthplace: Isle of Wight, United Kingdom

More Bear Grylls 

Is Bear Grylls's Show Faked? #221 of 274 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World #68 of 175 The Celebrities You Most Want To See Play Survivor

Marco Polo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Adventurers
Photo: Metaweb (FB)/Public domain

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 on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 70 (1254-1324)

Birthplace: Republic of Venice

More Marco Polo 

20 Things You Might Not Know About Marco Polo #52 of 2,444 The Most Influential People of All Time #160 of 1,471 The Greatest Minds of All Time

Aron Ralston is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Adventurers
Photo: Metaweb (FB)/GNU Free Documentation License

Aron Lee Ralston (born October 27, 1975) is an American outdoorsman, mechanical engineer and motivational speaker known for surviving a canyoneering accident by cutting off his own arm. During a solo descent of Bluejohn Canyon in southeastern Utah he dislodged a boulder which pinned his right wrist to the side of the canyon wall. After five days he was able to amputate his forearm with a dull pocketknife, make his way through the rest of the canyon, rappel down a 65-foot (20 m) drop, and hike 7 miles (11 km) to 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 where he is portrayed by James Franco. After ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 43

Birthplace: Marion, Ohio

Thor Heyerdahl is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Adventurers
Photo: Metaweb (FB)/Public domain

Thor Heyerdahl (Norwegian pronunciation: [tuːr ˈhæɪəɖɑːl]; October 6, 1914 – April 18, 2002) 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 (5,000 mi) 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 ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 88 (1914-2002)

Birthplace: Larvik, Norway

More Thor Heyerdahl 

#129 of 452 Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person #73 of 148 140+ Notable Atheists #612 of 1,282 Every Person Who Has Been Immortalized in a Google Doodle