MrBeast (real name Jimmy Donaldson) is a YouTuber who has gained widespread popularity for his video series Worst Intros on YouTube as well as his massive donations.
He was born on May 7, 1998, in Greenville, North Carolina.
Jimmy graduated from the Greenville Christian Academy in 2016.
Donaldson began his YouTube channel on February 19, 2012. His popularity increased when he started posting video game-related videos, like – ”Buried Round 50 Gameplay Black ops 2 Zombies” and ”Minecraft Factions: A Guy Sent His Home in Our Base.”
His series, “Worst Intros On YouTube,” was another reason why his YouTube channel had gained popularity. In these videos, he showcases and rants on horrible YouTube intros, typically made by young people. The series had about 70+ videos. On March 28, 2018, Jimmy has made all his ”Worst Intros” videos private.
During PewDiePie vs T-Series, a competition to become the most-subscribed channel on YouTube, Donaldson bought radio advertisements and billboards to help PewDiePie gain more subscribers than T-Series. Also, MrBeast advertised PewDiePie on newspapers and public posts.
Jimmy has earned over 16 million subscribers to his YouTube channel since its beginning.
In January 2017, he published an almost day-long video of himself counting to 100,000. The stunt took him to about 40 hours, with some parts sped up to “keep it under 24 hours.”
A follow-up video entitled “Counting to 200,000 (Road to a Mil)” was uploaded the next month, however, according to Jimmy, it too had to be sped up because the full 55 hours of counting exceeded YouTube’s upload limit.
At Super Bowl LIII, Jimmy bought seats by the end zone so he and his affiliates could wear shirts word by word saying “SUB 2 PEWDIEPIE” and was seen on T.V. by more than 110 million viewers.
On November 25, 2018, Donaldson said PewDiePie 100,000 times. At the start of the YouTube video, Jimmy tells his fans and new-comers to subscribe to PewDiePie “and to help him win the war.”
On March 12, 2019, Donaldson uploaded a video titled “$200,000 Youtuber Airsoft Battle Royale” which is his most expensive video to date. It was a real-life version of hit battle royale game Apex Legends, featuring 39 top YouTubers facing off in a massive arena to win $200,000. The video was sponsored by Apex.
Here’s the star-studded list of competitors:
- FaZe Blaze;
- Jaiden Animations;
- Danny Duncan;
- Typical Gamer;
- FaZe Replays;
- FaZe Adapt;
- FaZe Rug;
- Cole LaBrant;
- Nick Eh 30;
- Tanner Fox;
- Anthony Padilla;
- Leon Lush;
- Alex Ernst;
- Mini Ladd;
- Roman Atwood;
- What’s Inside’s son Lincoln;
- What’s Inside;
- Caspar Lee;
- LazyRon Studios;
MrBeast’s girlfriend is named Maddy Spidell, a social media influencer who has over 199,000 followers on Instagram.
She wrote on her Twitter:
“I don’t want MrBeast for his money, just want a bf with good taste in anime who can make me laugh.”
MrBeast is 6ft 3 in (190 cm) tall.
“One of the reasons I like giving away money is I just like to see how people react.”
”If you’re not giving away $100,000, people aren’t watching your videos.”
“I’d rather be poor than do anything beside YouTube.”
During an online interview, Jimmy said that he has Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). According to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, the disease is more common in people between 15 and 35 years old, however, it can develop in people of any age. Males are just as likely as females to develop the condition.
Crohn’s disease causes inflammation of your digestive tract, which can lead to abdominal pain, fatigue, weight loss, severe diarrhea, and malnutrition. It is one of a group of long-term health conditions, that also includes ulcerative colitis, known as inflammatory bowel disease.
Crohn’s disease differs from ulcerative colitis in that the inflammation can extend deep into the lining of the entire digestive tract. In ulcerative colitis, only the colon is affected.
In May 2018, Jimmy was criticized by Taylor Lorenz of The Atlantic for his supposedly homophobic tweets which contained slurs like “fag.” Donaldson responded by stating that:
“I’m not offensive in the slightest bit in anything I do.”
He has been described as “YouTube’s biggest philanthropist,” and frequently vlogs about his extreme acts of charity which include:
- he has donated money to ”Attractive Twitch Streamers”;
- he has donated $30,000 to a Fortnite Twitch streamer, known as SpaceLyon;
- he had donated $30,000 to Ninja (an American YouTuber, eSports Gamer, and Twitch streamer who is mostly known for playing and streaming Fortnite on Twitch) to help the Suicide Prevention Center;
- he gave $100,000 worth of items to homeless shelters in December 2018;
- he tipped a waitress $10,000 for serving him two glasses of water;
- he tipped a pizza deliveryman $10,000;
- he has donated to a random homeless guy $10,000;
- he has donated 3 million pennies ($30,000) to his 3 millionth subscriber;
- he has donated $50,000 to Ninja to help St. Judes Cancer Research Charity.
In addition, Jimmy featured his mom in his YouTube video titled “Surprising My Mom With $10,000 + Home Makeover.”
Donaldson explained his generosity in a video. He said:
“I genuinely enjoy helping people. It’s something I’ve had an issue with, I’m that much of a nice guy.”
“I don’t know why—and I’m not just saying this to look good—I’ve just always been a really nice guy.”
Many of these videos are being sponsored (although he has donated without a sponsor in the past) by Quidd, a platform for sharing, creating, and collecting exclusive and hard-to-get stickers, GIFs, and 3D content from your favorite anime, movies, shows, comic books, and YouTubers.
To celebrate reaching 20 million subscribers on YouTube, he started a campaign to plant 20 million trees. The project was created in collaboration with the Arbor Day Foundation. For every $1 raised, one tree will be planted in an area of high need around the globe.
MrBeast pledged over $100,000 himself. Donations were also made by influencers like Doctor Mike, Simply Nailogical, Ninja, and Jeffree Star as well as tech execs like Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Elon Musk.
MrBeast (Jimmy Donaldson) – Net Worth & Salary
Donaldson has earned most of his wealth from advertisements on his YouTube channel. Currently, he has about 4,200,000,000 views, which translates in around $9 million in revenue. He once said:
“If you want the special secret, if you want to know where it all came from — my parents aren’t that rich.”
Jimmy later added:
”I’m only 20 years old, every dollar I’ve ever made came from YouTube, and YouTube just pays better than you think.”