MrBeast surpasses 100 million YouTube subscribers
MrBeast, the hugely popular YouTube maestro of big money giveaways and offbeat stunts, has taken it to the next level.
On Thursday, July 28, MrBeast’s main YouTube channel surpassed 100 million subscribers (watch his reaction live here).
In a statement, MrBeast (aka Jimmy Donaldson), said: “100 million means so much. I’ve been making videos since I was 11 years old. This figure represents in a way everything I have done in my life and I am very grateful to everyone who has ever watched a video. I hope to do YouTube until the day I die.
To celebrate the achievement, MrBeast plans to release new merchandise via an exclusive purchasable live stream on YouTube. And, according to YouTube, he will upload one of his most expensive videos of all time on August 4.
The 24-year-old is estimated to be the highest-earning YouTuber of 2021, earning $54 million last year. Donaldson remains No. 5 on the list of most subscribed YouTube channels, after T-Series (221 million), Moonbug’s Cocomelon (139 million), SET India (138 million) and PewDiePie (111 million).
MrBeast started uploading videos to YouTube in 2012, gaining popularity in 2018 when he began regularly posting videos in which he donated large sums of money, often to complete strangers. In 2019, he had the most liked creator video (titled, naturally, “Make this video the most liked video on Youtube”). In 2020, he ended the year as the #1 most subscribed creator in the United States.
At the heart of Donaldson’s appeal: He’s taken the traditional YouTube challenge format and taken it to ridiculous new heights, while regularly launching major charity fundraisers (like the recent #TeamSeas fundraiser with YouTuber Mark Robert).
MrBeast’s YouTube empire spans 18 channels, including leading MrBeast, MrBeast Shorts, MrBeast Gaming, Beast Reacts, and Beast Philanthropy. In total, it has over 215 million subscribers and has garnered over 30 billion views to date (including over 8 billion in 2022 alone).
Some of MrBeast’s most memorable videos:
- 456,000 Squid Game In Real Life! : MrBeast recreated every set from Netflix’s hit show “Squid Game” and gave 456 people a chance to win $456,000. The video has over 272 million views on its main channel and millions more on its various multilingual channels.
- I spent 50 hours buried alive: MrBeast spent 50 hours buried completely underground in a coffin with cameras. The video has received over 185 million views.
- I gave people $1,000,000 but ONLY 1 minute to spend it! : MrBeast gave complete strangers 60 seconds to spend the $1 million he would pay. The video has over 100 million views.