The sun has just risen above the snow-covered summit of Mount Kenya when Ben Simpson lifts off from the backyard of his tin-roofed cottage on Kenya’s Laikipia Plateau. A lean, sun-weathered 39, Simpson is among the most- experienced and -sought-after bush pilots on the African continent, Bloomberg Pursuits will report in its Summer 2014 issue.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes became the first man, with fellow soldier Charles Burton, to circumnavigate the globe by crossing the Arctic and Antarctic ice caps, from 1979 to 1982. When he climbed Mount Everest in 2009, he became the first person to cross both ice caps and summit the world's highest peak. His various attempts on the Poles, as well as mountaineering and running exploits have spanned more then four decades. Since 1984, he’s used his expeditions to raise more than 16 million pounds ($23.8 million) for charities, becoming one of the U.K.’s top fundraisers.