Jimmy Donaldson, better known as MrBeast, is an American YouTube personality. He is recognized for creating a genre of pricey stunt-focused YouTube videos. At the age of 13, Jimmy started using the username “MrBeast6000” to upload videos to YouTube. His early work included Let's plays and “videos estimating the wealth of other YouTubers.”
He first gained fame in 2017 when his “counting to 100,000” video received tens of thousands of views in a matter of days. Since then, he has grown in popularity, with the majority of his videos receiving tens of millions of views. His content style developed over time to include challenging tasks or survival challenges, donation and challenge videos with cash prizes, and unique vlogs.
When his channel became successful, Jimmy invited the help of several of his childhood pals to manage the expanding business. The MrBeast team had 60 members as of 2022.
The name of Jimmy's main YouTube channel is “MrBeast.” Along with Beast Reacts, MrBeastGaming, MrBeastShorts, and a charity channel, he also manages a number of other YouTube channels.
At the age of 13, Jimmy posted his first video to YouTube under the username “MrBeast6000.” His early content included Let’s Plays (primarily centered on Minecraft and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2), videos estimating the wealth of other YouTubers, videos offering advice to up-and-coming creators, and commentary on drama on the platform. Jimmy didn’t appear in many of his videos at the beginning of his channel. Around 240 people were subscribers to his channel, “That-dude,” in July 2013.
“Last To Survive Wins $10,000 - Challenge” is the first video that Jimmy posted on MrBeastGaming. In this video, Jimmy gathers some of his friends and puts them in a competition in Minecraft with a cash prize of $10,000.
Jimmy started to become more well-known on the platform in 2015 and 2016 as a result of his “worst intros” series of videos, which compiled and mocked YouTuber introductions he found on the site. Jimmy left East Carolina University in the fall of 2016 to focus solely on his YouTube channel. This was against his mother’s wishes, and she ordered him to leave the house.
Jimmy recorded a nearly 24-hour-long film of himself counting to 100,000 in 2017. He worked on the stunt for 40 hours, speeding up some sections to “keep it under 24 hours.” Jimmy also became well-known during this time for his activities, including his failed attempts to spin a fidget spinner for a day, watch paint dry for an hour, stay underwater for 24 hours, break glass with 100 megaphones, and stay underwater for an hour.
Jimmy created the MrBeast Gaming channel in 2020 to have a channel solely for gaming content. He and his friends play various games, including Among Us and Minecraft.
As of 2023, Jimmy Donaldson’s net worth is $100 million according to Celebrity Net Worth. MrBeast has earned this overwhelming net worth assessment over his 11-year-long career as a YouTuber. His YouTube channel, merchandise sales, and sponsorships with companies like Microsoft and Electronic Arts brought around $24 million for him in 2020.
He earns a massive portion of that astonishing figure through AdSense revenue from his extremely popular YouTube empire. Celebrity Net Worth and Forbes report Donaldson made around $44 million in 2020 and 2021 combined from his YouTube channels alone. Currently, Donaldson earns around $3 - 5 million each month. Other contributors to his impressive valuation include merchandise sales, sponsorships, and revenues from other business ventures.
On May 7, 1998, Jimmy was born in the U.S. state of Kansas. In Greenville, North Carolina, Donaldson spent most of his childhood alongside his brother Charles “CJ” Donaldson. Donaldson completed his higher schooling at the nearby private school Greenville Christian Academy in 2016. Before dropping out, he briefly attended East Carolina University. Since June 2019, Jimmy has started seeing Maddy Spidell.
MrBeast is a philanthropist by all meanings of the word. Jimmy and Mark Rober, a former NASA engineer and YouTuber, launched the #TeamTrees YouTube fundraising challenge in October 2019. By January 1, 2020, $20 million was to be raised for the Arbor Day Foundation, with the intention of planting trees “no later than December 2022.”
The YouTube channel Beast Philanthropy was established on September 17, 2020. Jimmy launched the charity and food bank in the inaugural video on the channel, “I Opened My Own Charity!” which was published on March 26, 2021. As of January 2022, the channel donates all of the money it earns to various charities.
MrBeast Gaming consists of videos of Jimmy setting up competitions or playing games with various other content creators of the platform. The upload schedule of this channel is quite irregular with one video per month to sometimes three videos per month.
In this video, Jimmy pits various villains of Minecraft against one another to see who will prevail.
Jimmy, in this video, attempts to survive at Minecraft Hardcore for 100 days.
Jimmy and his friends compete in the Minecraft version of Squid Games.
Jimmy creates a competition in which whoever builds the best car in minecraft wins a Lamborghini.
With 32 influencers competing for a $250,000 top prize in April 2020, Jimmy's rock, paper, scissors competition stream became YouTube's most watched live Original event at the time, drawing 662,000 concurrent viewers.
Jimmy has Crohn's disease, which is an inflammatory bowel disorder.
Large cash awards, in Jimmy's opinion, are a key component of viewer engagement. As a result, he frequently donates large sums of money to individuals in his videos, many of which are sponsored by different companies.