Sir Ranulph Fiennes
RESEARCHER, AUTHOR AND HOLDER OF SEVERAL ENDURANCE RECORDS
According to The Guinness Book of Records, Sir Ranulph Fiennes is the “World’s Greatest Explorer”. His global expeditions include Transglobe (the world’s first surface journey around the world’s polar axis), the North Polar Unsupported Expedition, the Anglo-Soviet North Pole Expedition, and the Ubar Expedition, which discovered Ptolemy’s long-lost Atlantis of the Sands. Fiennes also led the Pentland South Pole expedition, which was the first unsupported crossing of the Antarctic Continent and the longest unsupported polar journey in history. In 2003, just three and a half months after suffering a heart attack and having double bypass surgery, Fiennes ran seven marathons on seven continents in seven days. Six years later, he successfully summitted Mount Everest, raising nearly £3 million for Marie Curie Cancer Care. All in all, Fiennes has raised over £14.2 million for UK charities during his lifetime. He is author of 18 books and recipient of the Sultan of Oman’s Bravery Medal (among others).