MrBeast makes a name for himself with expensive stunts and philanthropy

Emerald Pellot
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If you’re not familiar with “stunt YouTube,” then buckle up because Gen Z’s wild antics are paying off — big.

MrBeast’s over the top pranks are the backbone of his massive charitable donations. He has the 35th most-subscribed YouTube channel in the U.S. as of writing. Though he’s consistently raking in millions of dollars from the popularity of his channel, MrBeast is fairly mysterious.

Who is MrBeast?

MrBeast, whose real name is Jimmy Donaldson, is a YouTuber known for his expensive stunts and philanthropy. The social media star launched his channel in February 2012 and has since amassed a whopping 45.3 million subscribers. If you count yourself as one of them then you’ve already watched him host an $800,000 competition to see who can stay on his private island he longest or fill his brother’s house with slime

Some of his charitable efforts include planting of 20 million trees in 2019 and donating $1 million worth of food during the pandemic. 

How old is MrBeast?

Donaldson was born on May 7, 1998, in Kansas and is currently 22 years old. 

How much money does MrBeast have?

MrBeast’s net worth is an estimated $8 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. However, Naibuzz did some math and believes MrBeast is worth as much as $18 million.

How did MrBeast make his money?

According to Business Insider, MrBeast’s massive charitable donations (in 2018 he donated $1 million) and wealth come from in-video advertisements to the tune of six figures apiece. But Distractify claims that Donaldson also relies heavily on his own ability to go viral. The more eyes on his videos, the more enticing he is to brands and the more revenue he earns through AdSense (the YouTube ads that play before a video). 

MrBeast hosts an annual tournament known as the Creator Games. 

The Creator Games is a yearly competition where 24 mega-popular influencers, like Charli D’Amelio, Addison Rae and Ninja, go head to head to win the title of “smartest creator in the world.” In 2020, Charli and sister Dixie D’Amelio won the $300,000 prize for her fans. The tournament also set a YouTube record for the most live concurrent viewers with 1,000,000 people tuning into the event

Little is known about MrBeast’s personal life.

Despite eight years on YouTube and massive popularity, Donaldson is pretty private. Very little is known about him besides a few details. MrBeast has Crohn’s disease, which causes chronic inflammation of the bowels.

At age 18, his mom made him move out of the family home in North Carolina. He later dropped out of college in 2016 to pursue YouTube full time. In 2019, he shared that he was dating Maddy Spidell in an Instagram post.

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