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Donaldson in December 2018
Personal information
BornJimmy Donaldson
(1998-05-07) May 7, 1998 (age 21)
ResidenceGreenville, North Carolina
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
YouTube information
Also known asMrBeast (formerly MrBeast6000) and BeastHacks
Years active2012–present
GenreEntertainment, Comedy
Subscribers24.8 million
(October 15, 2019)
Total views3.5 billion
(October 2, 2019)
NetworkNone (formerly ScaleLab)[1]
Associated actsPewDiePie[2]
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2016 MrBeast

2018 BeastHacks

YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2017 MrBeast

2019 BeastHacks

YouTube Diamond Play Button.svg 10,000,000 subscribers 2018 MrBeast
Updated September 27, 2019

Jimmy Donaldson[3] (born May 7, 1998), more commonly known by his online alias MrBeast, is an American YouTuber.



Donaldson began YouTube in 2012[4] at age 13, under the handle "MrBeast6000"; his early content ranged from Let's Plays to "videos estimating the wealth of other YouTubers".[5] However, his videos remained in relative obscurity — averaging around a thousand views each – until the release of his 2017 "counting to 100,000" video that "earned tens of thousands of views in just a few days".[5] As of September 2019, Donaldson has over 24 million subscribers on YouTube and is managed by the Dallas-based talent management company Night Media.[4]

Content and style

Jimmy's videos typically feature "attention-grabbing stunts". He often makes videos on donating thousands of dollars to Twitch streamers, many of these videos being sponsored (although he has donated without a sponsor in the past).[6] In January 2017, Donaldson published an almost day-long video of himself counting to 100,000. The stunt took him 40 hours, with some parts sped up to "keep it under 24 hours". Donaldson missed several numbers (including "81,933" and "99,913") and counted "24,219" three times.[7] A subsequent video titled "Counting to 200,000 (Road to a Mil)" was uploaded the next month, although, according to Donaldson, it too, had to be sped up because the full fifty-five hours of counting exceeded YouTube's upload limit.[8] Additionally, Donaldson has tried to break glass using a hundred megaphones, watched paint dry for an hour,[6] and unsuccessfully attempted to spin a fidget spinner for a day.[9] In March 2019, he organised and filmed a real-life battle royale competition in Los Angeles with a prize of $200,000.[10]

Donaldson publicizes his extreme acts of charity[11][12] such as giving $100,000 worth of items to homeless shelters in December 2018,[13] donating $32,000 to the Veterans Army Wounded Warrior Program, $70,000 to Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital, and $10,000 to a local animal shelter in Los Angeles.[14] During PewDiePie vs T-Series, a competition to become the most-subscribed channel on YouTube, MrBeast bought billboards and radio advertisements to help PewDiePie gain more subscribers than T-Series;[2] at the Super Bowl LIII, he bought multiple seats with occupants whose shirts spelled out, "Sub 2 PewDiePie."[15][16] Donaldson also uploaded what is now the most liked non-music video on the platform and the 21st most-liked video overall as of September 21, 2019.[17]

Media reception

In May 2018, Donaldson was criticized by Taylor Lorenz of The Atlantic for his supposedly homophobic tweets that contained slurs like "fag" and using the word "gay" pejoratively.[11] He responded by stating that "I’m not offensive in the slightest bit in anything I do."[11]

Personal life

Donaldson was born on May 7, 1998.[18] He resides in Greenville, North Carolina, and graduated from the Greenville Christian Academy in 2016.[6] According to Newsweek, Donaldson dropped out of college in order to pursue a full-time career as a YouTuber.[5] During an online interview, Donaldson said that he has Crohn's disease.[19] He has an older brother named CJ Donaldson, who owns a channel named "MrBro".[20]

Awards and nominations

Year Ceremony Category Result Ref.
2019 11th Shorty Awards Vlogger of the Year Nominated [21]


  1. ^ "MrBeast6000 YouTube Stats, Channel Statistics -". SocialBlade. February 23, 2017. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Griffin, Louise (November 28, 2018). "Inside the world of Mr Beast, the YouTuber helping PewDiePie keep his top spot". Metro. Retrieved December 27, 2018.
  3. ^ Hale, James Loke (October 29, 2018). "YouTuber 'MrBeast' buys Smorgasbord Of Advertising To Help PewDiePie Stay Ahead Of T-Series". Tubefilter. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Night Media Signs Top Influencer, "MrBeast"". Business Wire. January 23, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c Asarch, Steven (April 2, 2019). "How YouTuber MrBeast Pulled Off a Real-life Battle Royale in three Weeks". Newsweek.
  6. ^ a b c Wanbaugh, Taylor (July 30, 2018). "Greenville YouTuber MrBeast racks up millions of views". Business North Carolina.
  7. ^ Farquhar, Peter (January 12, 2017). "Millions of people watched YouTuber 'MrBeast' count to 100,000". Business Insider.
  8. ^ MrBeast (February 17, 2017). "Counting To 200,000 (Road To A Mil)". YouTube. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  9. ^ Grasso, Samantha (May 28, 2017). "Watch these YouTubers attempt to break a fidget spinner record". Daily Dot.
  10. ^ "MrBeast Hosts Real-life Battle Royale Tournament". Associated Press. March 14, 2019.
  11. ^ a b c Lorenz, Taylor (May 24, 2018). "'YouTube's Biggest Philanthropist' Has a History of Homophobic Comments". The Atlantic.
  12. ^ Palmer, Ewan (October 22, 2018). "Who is MrBeast? North Carolina Server tipped $10,000 for two drinks by YouTube star". Newsweek.
  13. ^ "Giving $100,000 To A Homeless Person". YouTube. December 23, 2018.
  14. ^ "Donating $100,000 To Shroud In Real Life".
  15. ^ "YouTubers MrBeast, Jake Paul spotted at Sup Dogs". The East Carolinian. February 5, 2019.
  16. ^ Hamilton, Isabel Asher (February 4, 2019). "PewDiePie's war with T-Series hit the Super Bowl, as YouTuber Mr Beast turned up to the game with 'Sub 2 PewDiePie' shirts". Business Insider.
  17. ^ "Make This Video The Most Liked Video On Youtube". YouTube. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  18. ^ MrBeast (May 7, 2016). "18th Birthday QNA - Mom's Hair Dryer Age?". YouTube. Retrieved April 14, 2019.
  19. ^ MrBeast Fake Videos? #DramaAlert MrBeast (INTERVIEW!) Deji Interrupts!, April 5, 2018, retrieved November 6, 2018
  20. ^ "MrBro". YouTube. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  21. ^ "MR. BEAST Nominated in VLOGGER OF THE YEAR". Shorty Awards. Retrieved March 7, 2019.

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