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Jimmy Donaldson (born May 7, 1998), better known as MrBeast, is an American YouTuber and philanthropist. He is credited with pioneering a genre of YouTube videos that centers on expensive stunts.[5] His YouTube channel reached 130 million subscribers in January 2023,[6] making it the fourth-most-subscribed on the platform.[note 1]

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Donaldson in 2022
Personal information
BornJimmy Donaldson
(1998-05-07) May 7, 1998 (age 24)
OriginGreenville, North Carolina, U.S.[1]
YouTube information
Years active2012–present[2]
  • Comedy
  • entertainment
  • vlogs
  • gaming
  • reaction
Subscribers134 million
(February 2023)
Total views
  • 23.6 billion (main channel)
  • 35 billion (combined)
Associated acts
YouTube_Silver_Play_Button_2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2016[3]
YouTube_Gold_Play_Button_2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2017[4]
YouTube_Diamond_Play_Button.svg 10,000,000 subscribers 2018[4]
YouTube_Ruby_Play_Button_2.svg 50,000,000 subscribers 2021
YouTube_Red_Diamond_Play_Button.svg 100,000,000 subscribers 2022

Last updated: March 21, 2023

Donaldson began posting videos to YouTube in early 2012 at the age of 13[9] under the handle MrBeast6000; his early content ranged from Let's Plays to "videos estimating the wealth of other YouTubers."[10] He went viral in 2017 after his "counting to 100,000" video earned tens of thousands of views in just a few days, and he has become increasingly popular ever since, with most of his videos gaining tens of millions of views.[10] Over time, his style of content diversified to include challenge and donation videos that reward thousands of dollars, videos with arduous tasks or survival challenges, and original vlogs.[11] Once his channel took off, Donaldson hired several of his childhood friends to help him run the growing brand. As of 2022, the MrBeast team is made up of 30 people, including Donaldson himself.[12]

Other than MrBeast, Donaldson runs the YouTube channels Beast Reacts, MrBeast Gaming, MrBeast 2 (formerly MrBeast Shorts),[13] and the philanthropy channel Beast Philanthropy.[14][15] He formerly ran MrBeast 3 (initially MrBeast 2), which is now inactive.[16][17] He was also one of the 10 highest-paid YouTubers of 2020.[18] Donaldson is also the founder of MrBeast Burger and Feastables, and a co-creator of Team Trees, a fundraiser for the Arbor Day Foundation that has raised over $23 million,[19][20] and Team Seas, a fundraiser for Ocean Conservancy and The Ocean Cleanup that has raised over $30 million.[21] Donaldson won the Creator of the Year award three times at the Streamy Awards in 2020, 2021, and 2022; he also won the Favorite Male Creator award twice at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in 2022 and 2023.