Mr Beast is the pseudonym of Jimmy Donaldson, a popular social media star. With more than 4.8 million subscribers on his self-titled channel, Mr Beast is one of the most popular YouTube stars in the United States of America. He first gained prominence as a YouTuber when he posted a video series titled ‘Worst Intros on YouTube,’ but his popularity reached newer heights when he started posting unique videos that no one else had seen or heard before. He is also popular on other social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram.
Early Life & Career
Mr Beast was born Jimmy Donaldson on May 7, 1998, in Greenville, North Carolina, United States of America. He was raised by his mother, and spent his childhood along with his brother.
He created his YouTube channel in 2012, and started posting random videos. He first gained prominence when he posted a video series titled ‘Worst Intros on YouTube.’ His popularity increased when he started posting video game-related videos, such as ‘Minecraft Factions: A Guy Sent His Home in Our Base’ and ‘Buried Round 50 Gameplay Black ops 2 Zombies.’
After posting game-related videos for a couple of years, he came up with expensive videos that involved a lot of money. In fact, Mr Beast started spending thousands of dollars online and also started posting unique videos like ‘5$ For Hot Girls To Advertise Your YouTube Channel.’
Mr Beast gained nationwide recognition when he starting posting heart-warming videos, such as ‘Giving A Random Homeless Man $10,000.’ He continued posting such videos and claimed that an app called ‘Quidd’ was sponsoring the money that he was giving away.
He then started donating money to random Twitch streamers. By now, his channel had started accumulating millions of views, but Mr Beast did not stop there as he came up with videos that no one else had seen or heard before.
Some of the most viewed videos on his channel include ‘I Bought A Car Using Only Pennies,’ ‘I Donated $30,000 To A Random Twitch Streamer,’ ‘I Flew Using Only Leaf Blowers,’ and ‘Can 100,000 Pieces Of Paper Stop A Bullet?’
One of his recent videos titled ‘Gave $500,000 To Random People,’ has already gathered more than 1.9 million views. With more than 500 million views and over 4.8 million subscribers, his YouTube channel is one of the fastest growing channels in the States. He also has a secondary YouTube channel with a subscriber base of over 176,000.
Mr Beast is also popular on other social media platforms. He owns an online store, which sells T-shirts and other clothing. Mr Beast is associated with a company called ‘Quidd.’
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In 2018, a YouTuber named FlyyDoesYT accused Mr Beast of faking his videos. The 25 minute-long video, which was full of accusations was taken seriously by many, as FlyyDoesYT had worked for Mr Beast for a week as an editor.
According to fellow YouTuber’s video, Mr Beast was accused of mistreating his employees by asking them to film his videos. He had also stated that Mr Beast pretends in front of the camera, and it is not his real self.
Mr Beast responded to the accusations by tweeting that he had given away lots of money for real and that he was not faking anything in front of the camera. He said ‘FlyyDoesYT’ or anyone for that matter is free to walk up to those who had received the money and ask them if they had received it for real.
He also rubbished the accusation which claimed that he was mistreating his employees by saying that he is suffering from Crohn's disease and that whenever he doesn’t feel well, he asks his employees to help complete the videos.
Mr Beast is close to his mother, who has appeared in a couple of his videos. One of his videos titled ‘Giving My Mom $100,000 (Proudest Day of My Life)’ has so far gathered more than 4.3 million views. She has featured in some of his prank video as well.
Mr Beast is quite vocal about his political views. In 2016, he had made many comedic videos on Donald Trump. Mr Beast is a philanthropist and is quite generous when it comes to helping those around him.