Jimmy Donaldson is an American YouTuber, businessman, social media personality, and philanthropist best known for his YouTube channel. He was born on 7 May 1988 in Wichita, Kansas, United States. His real name is Jimmy Donaldson but he is known by his channel name ‘MrBeast.’ He has been a part of this profession since 2012.
As of 2023, Jimmy Donaldson has an estimated net worth of $105 million.
Jimmy Donaldson Early Life
Jimmy Donaldson was born to his parents Sue Donaldson and Stephen Donaldson on 7 May 1988 in Wichita, Kansas, U.S. His mother is a homemaker, whereas his father is a businessman by profession. Donaldson and his brother Charles “C.J.” Donaldson grew up in Greenville, North Carolina. His mother raised him along with his brother. He received his education from a private high school, Greenville Christian Academy, and graduated in 2016. During high school, Jimmy Donaldson announced his diagnosis of Crohn’s disease in public. He attended East Carolina University (ECU) but dropped out after some time. His brother Charles also runs a YouTube channel named ‘CjTheseDays’ and has 4.35 million subscribers.
Jimmy Donaldson Career
In February 2012, Jimmy Donaldson created his first YouTube channel at the age of 13. He uploaded his very first YouTube video under the username ‘MrBeast6000.’ His earlier content includes videos of other YouTubers, gaming, Tips to become a successful YouTuber, and commentaries on YouTube drama.
He caught the public’s attention with his ‘Worst Intros on YouTube’ series in 2015 and 2016. Jimmy gained almost 30,000 subscribers by the mid of 2016. Unfortunately, he dropped out of his college to become a full-time YouTuber. His mother didn’t agree to it so he had to move out of his family house.
Donaldson hired four of his childhood friends to help him with his growing channel. In 2017, Jimmy gained popularity for his stunt videos. He received the title of “YouTube’s biggest philanthropist” in 2018. In March 2019, Jimmy collaborated with ‘Apex Legends’ and arranged a real-life battle royale competition in Los Angeles. He even recorded the entire event and kept prize money of $200,000. Electronic Arts Inc. sponsored the event and prize money.
Jimmy organized a competition ‘Rock, paper, scissors’ featuring 32 influencers with a grand prize of $250,000 in April 2020. His event received around 662,000 views and became the most-watched streamed video on his YouTube Channel. Jimmy hosted another tournament for influencers in October 2020. He featured 24 influencers with a grand prize of $300,000.
On 1 Jan 2021, Jimmy released two videos ‘YouTube rewind 2020’, and ‘Thank God It’s Over.’ After a month he signed a Facebook and Snapchat content distribution contract with Jellysmack. In November 2021, Jimmy recreated a survival television series called ‘Squid Game’ in real life. He uploaded the drama on his channel featuring 456 competitors with a cash prize of $456,000. His video has received around 376 million views as of 1 March 2023.
In December 2021, Jimmy Donaldson hosted his third tournament for influencers featuring 15 competitors with grand prize money of $1,000,000. He received the title of ‘YouTube’s highest-earning creator’ from Forbes in January 2022. Jimmy Donaldson gained more than $100 million subscribers on his main channel as of 28 July 2022. He became the second individual YouTuber and fifth channel to achieve this milestone.
On 17 November 2022, Guinness World Record mentioned him as the ‘Most Subscribers for an Individual Male on YouTube’ for 112,193,139 subscribers on his channel ‘Mr.Beast.’ Fortnite Battle Royale added two outfits of Mr.Beast and some other cosmetic items in December 2022. Epic Games also organized a tournament in Fortnite called ‘MrBeast’s Extreme Survival Challenge’ with prize money of $1 million. In February 2023, the NFL featured him in a viral commercial during Super Bowl LVII.
Donaldson donates large amounts of money to different people through his videos. Mostly, various companies sponsor his videos in exchange for advertisements including large-scale brand deals. Donaldson has earned tens of millions of dollars from advertising sales.
In June 2020, Donaldson released a one-time multiplayer mobile game titled “Finger on the App.” He released this game in collaboration with Brooklyn-based art collective MSCHF. On 4 September 2022, Donaldson launched his virtual restaurant called ‘MrBeast Burger’ at the American Dream Mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
In January 2022, Donaldson created a new food company called ‘Feastables.’ He introduced his brand of chocolate bars called ‘MrBeast Bars.’ Donaldson started with 3 flavors of chocolate bars including original, almond, and quinoa crunch. In June 2022, he released this video on YouTube featuring Gordon Ramsay as a cake judge and a money prize of $500k. On 2 February 2022, Feastables joined hands with Turtle Beach Corporation and Roccat to giveaway prizes for the sweepstakes.
Jimmy Donaldson is an investor in the tech startup Backbone. In March 2021, he announced a partnership with Creative Juice’s financial network for juice funds. In April 2021, the financial technology company announced Donaldson as its long-term investor and partner.
As of 2023, Jimmy Donaldson has around 138 million subscribers on his main YouTube channel ‘MrBeast.’
Jimmy Donaldson Philanthropy Work
On 25 October 2019, Donaldson along with former NASA engineer and YouTuber Mark Rober initiated a fundraising challenge event on YouTube titled #TeamTrees. His goal was to raise $20 million in funds for the Arbor Day Foundation before 1 January 2020. He also challenged the planting of trees for every dollar donated no later than December 2022. As of 19 December 2019, they surpassed their goal of $20,000,000. On 11 February 2023, they surpassed their original goal of planting 20 million trees and planted over 24.3 million trees in the ground.
On 29 October 2021, Donaldson in collaboration with Rober organized another fundraising challenge event on YouTube called #TeamSeas. They started this challenge to raise funds of $30 million for the Ocean Conservancy and The Ocean Cleanup by 1 January 2022.
In January 2023, Donaldson paid thousands of people for the procedure of their cataract surgery.
Jimmy Donaldson Net Worth
Jimmy Donaldson has an estimated net worth of $105 million as of 2023.
Jimmy Donaldson’s Annual Salary
Shane Dawson makes an annual salary of around $29 million approximately.
Jimmy Donaldson’s Monthly Salary
Shane Dawson earns around $3 million on a monthly basis.
Jimmy Donaldson Income Source
Jimmy Donaldson has earned most of his fortune from his YouTube career. He also makes money from the business profession. Apart from his main channel ‘MrBeast’, he makes money from his 4 other YouTube Channels. He is one of the most famous social media personalities and earns money from his social media accounts like YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram. Apart from his social media accounts, Jimmy Donaldson’s advertisement deals also add to his total income.
Jimmy Donaldson’s Social Media Accounts
Jimmy Donaldson is a famous YouTube star with 5 YouTube Channels.
|MrBeast (Primary & Main Channel)||138 million subscribers|
|MrBeast Gaming||31.6 million subscribers|
|Beast Reacts||22.1 million subscribers|
|MrBeast 2||20.3 million subscribers|
|Beast Philanthrophy||12.2 million subscribers|
Other than his YouTube Channels he is also socially active on other social media platforms including Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
|24.3 million followers|
|19.1 million followers|
|12 million followers|
Jimmy Donaldson Assets
Now if we look into Donaldson’s assets, he owns houses in Kansas, Georgia, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and New York. Jimmy Donaldson has a fairly large and expensive car collection including models from Mercedes, Audi, Porsche, Ford, and a few more.
Jimmy Donaldson Awards and Achievements
Being a successful social media personality, Jimmy Donaldson has been honored with numerous awards and achievements. He won 9th 10th 11th and 12th ‘Streamy Awards for consecutive 4 years (2019,2020,2021,2022). He also received ‘the 12th Annual Shorty Awards’ in 2020, the ‘2022 Kids Choice Awards’, and the ‘2023 Kids Choice Awards.’
Jimmy Donaldson is one of the most viewed and highest-paid content creators on YouTube. He has an estimated net worth of $105 million as of 2023. He is also a businessman, social media personality, and philanthropist. Donaldson is best known for his epic videos on YouTube. He started his YouTube career in early 2012.
Jimmy Donaldson earns an annual income of around $ 29 million and a monthly income of almost $3 million. He has earned most of his wealth from his YouTube channel. He has been awarded numerous awards including Streamy Awards, Annual Shorty Awards, and Kids Choice Awards. He is also famous for his charity work. Jimmy Donaldson is currently living in Greenville, North Carolina, U.S.