MrBeast is now the most followed YouTube content creator after overtaking PewDiePie
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Jimmy Donaldson, better known as MrBeast, has officially become the number one YouTube influencer with 111 million subscribers and counting.
Dextero posted a clip showing the moment it happened, with MrBeast getting tens of thousands of followers in just one day, while PewDiePie was only getting a tenth of that.
MrBeast has overtaken PewDiePie and is now the most subscribed YouTuber pic.twitter.com/YPXQ4ydWCX— Dexerto (@Dexerto) November 14, 2022
After reaching his longtime goal of acquiring 100 million subscribers in July, MrBeast continued growing his fandom.
According to Forbes, the 24-year-old earned USD $54 million (£39.5m or AUD $80.5m) in 2021, with his net worth currently being USD $25 million (AUD $37.3m or £21.9m).
He reportedly makes around USD $5 million (AUD $7.7m or £4.4m) a month, making him YouTube’s highest-paid content creator.
According to Dexterto, the YouTuber launched his channel a little over a decade ago; however, his platform only really began to gain some traction in 2017 through his impressive stunts and money giveaways.
WHAT ARE THE ODDS I RANDOMLY OPEN YOUTUBE TO 111,111,111 SUBSCRIBERS AT EXACTLY 11:11 ON NOVEMBER 11th??? pic.twitter.com/jcIOlLfySi— MrBeast (@MrBeast) November 12, 2022
In a 2018 video titled ‘How I Gave Away $1,000,000’, MrBeast explained to his followers how he accumulated such wealth through the platform, adding that companies helped him to donate money.
Back when MrBeast was just starting to get a significant number of subscribers on YouTube, he would receive brand deals as a reward.
His first brand deal was worth USD $5,000 (AUD$7,458 or £4,400), and rather than pocketing the money for himself, he thought of a brilliant way to gain attention.
MrBeast would smartly give his brand deal money away to a stranger and video himself doing so.
Of course, these videos would generate millions of views, instantly making him a force to be reckoned with in their digital world.
MrBeast said: "So the first time I got a brand deal is 10 grand, well it's five grand, and I was like double it and I'll go give it away.
"So I literally I just gave away all my brand deals every single time I got one so I did that and the next time.
"I just literally, I would just do a brand deal give it away and then the next brand deal was bigger and I just did that for like two years straight."
Donaldson explained how a couple of years ago, it was challenging to convince people that you could make a living by being a YouTuber.
He said: "Back then you would have to like have f**king five-hour arguments 100 days in a row just to convince your mom that YouTube is a thing, you know, which you just don't have to do anymore.
"It was just a different time for us."
Well, he’s laughing all the way to the bank.