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YouTuber MrBeast Shares How Much An Average Video Costs To Make For Him

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YouTuber MrBeast Shares How Much An Average Video Costs To Make For Him

MrBeast has revealed the whopping average figure his YouTube videos cost to produce. 

MrBeast – real name Jimmy Donaldson – has more than 94 million subscribers, making him one of the current most popular YouTubers on the platform.

It's not hard to believe the 23-year-old's admission that he is often losing 'a ridiculous amount of money' as a result of the highly creative but extreme stunt videos he produces, particularly after he went viral for his life-size recreation of hit Netflix survival show Squid Game.

The YouTuber has since revealed just how much it costs him on average to create videos for his main channel.

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YouTuber MrBeast reveals how much he spends on average to produce his videos. Credit: MrBeast/ YouTube
YouTuber MrBeast reveals how much he spends on average to produce his videos. Credit: MrBeast/ YouTube

Donaldson splashed out almost $4 million on his recreation of Squid Game, however the average amount he spends on videos is still a hefty sum.

As of today the cost of producing his videos stands at roughly a million dollars, and not all videos are even profited from.

The YouTuber told Rolling Stone: "I could be doing cheaper videos. But I just don’t want to.

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"I want to push the boundaries to go bigger, bigger.”

YouTuber MrBeast explains how he wants to 'push the boundaries' and 'go bigger'. Credit: MrBeast/ YouTube
YouTuber MrBeast explains how he wants to 'push the boundaries' and 'go bigger'. Credit: MrBeast/ YouTube

It's not just his videos that cost a ton to produce either.

Donaldson splashes out a cool $10,000 on each thumbnail in order to entice YouTube users in even further, alongside titles optimised for the site's algorithm.

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The YouTuber also doles out the cash within his videos, having previously awarded the Squid Game recreation winner a $456,000 prize fund.

In another video, he tipped a waitress at a hot dog joint $10,000 for two glasses of water.

A third saw him donate to those who lost their jobs in the pandemic, giving out a total sum of $200,000.

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Some have questioned the YouTuber's motivations in donating such large sums of money and recording it for content for his channel.

He responded: "I know myself, and I don’t have anything to prove to anyone. I think what I’ve done speaks for itself.

"I have an entire channel built around my nonprofit that I’ve invested ungodly amounts of hours into building, that I’ll never see a single penny out of.…

"I lose five figures and dozens of hours every month. The opportunity cost could go to projects that make millions of dollars. So I don’t care. I don’t say this stuff publicly, because that’s not why I do it."

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Despite some people doubting his motivations, MrBeast explained invests 'never see[s] a single penny' from a channel he's built around his nonprofit. Credit: MrBeast/ YouTube
Despite some people doubting his motivations, MrBeast explained invests 'never see[s] a single penny' from a channel he's built around his nonprofit. Credit: MrBeast/ YouTube

Despite his hefty outgoings, in 2021, Donaldson raked in a reported $54 million in revenue on his MrBeast channel.

However, he noted how the money 'doesn't matter' to him despite it mattering to 'other people'. Instead, he simply views the cash as a way to 'do bigger stuff'.

Reflecting on how his safety could potentially be comprised by having such a public career where his money is clear for the world to see, Donaldson concluded: "I can create whatever world I want, do whatever I want for content, and I choose this. [In] the end, I have tons of influence. If I wanted to, I could have tons of money. Boohoo, people have expectations of me. I’ll live."

Featured Image Credit: MrBeast/ YouTube

Topics: YouTube, Viral

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