Ben struggled with depression growing up and was forced to drop out of college. Searching for purpose, he created the world’s greatest bucket list with his three childhood friends.
They borrowed a rickety, old RV and criss-crossed North America, achieving the unthinkable. And most importantly, every time they accomplished a dream of their own, they helped a complete stranger cross something off their bucket list. From playing basketball with President Obama to having a beer with Prince Harry, from raising over $400,000 for charity to placing a record-breaking $250,000 bet on roulette—Ben’s bucket list quest has inspired millions to believe that impossible is truly possible.
Ben is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of What Do You Want To Do Before You Die? and a star of the MTV show The Buried Life.
As the co-founder of The Buried Life movement, Ben’s message of radical possibility has been featured in major media including The Today Show, Oprah, CNN, FOX, ABC, CBS, NBC News, and more. Oprah called Ben and his friends “truly inspiring.”
2018 University of Utah Commencement Address
What they're saying
5x #1 NY Times Bestseller, Host of The Tim Ferriss Podcast, Angel Investor, Speaker
President, Camden Property Trust
44th President of the United States
Market President, CIGNA HealthCare
Leadership Development, Lululemon Athletica
VP of Global Marketing, Levi Strauss & Co
Talk Show Host, Actress, Producer, and Philanthropist
Senior Athletics Director, Stanford University
The poem that inspired the name
"But often, in the world's most crowded streets,
But often, in the din of strife,
There rises an unspeakable desire
After knowledge of our buried life;"
— The Buried Life, Matthew Arnold, 1852
How to Cross Anything Off Your List
Ben Nemtin has delivered over 500 inspiring keynotes to brands and organizations around the world including AMEX, Amazon, Microsoft, Nationwide, Viacom, Verizon, Levi's, FedEx, Harvard and more. See why Inc. Magazine called Ben’s live performances ‘Powerful and inspiring’.
Torri was born with one hand, and her biggest dream was to have a bionic arm. Ben and his friends heard Torri's story and gave her the surprise of a lifetime, continuing their mission to help strangers cross items off their bucket list.
19 Years Old and Hugging Dad for the First Time