It is impossible to talk about YouTubers without mentioning MrBeast; he is among the most influential on the platform and social media. In 2018, a rivalry between T-Series and PewDiePie, another social media heavyweight gaming account, MrBeast went above and beyond to ensure the latter won. Even though PewDiePie didn’t win, MrBeast had made a name for himself. Continue reading to find out more astonishing MrBeast facts.
1. MrBeast Declined the Offer to Visit the Wreck of the Titanic with OceanGate
In June 2023, OceanGate, a private company that provided crewed submersibles for tourism and exploration, took a few tourists to view the wreck of the Titanic. Unfortunately, the submersible imploded, killing all five aboard. Interestingly, MrBeast revealed that he was offered the chance to travel with the other tourists but turned the offer down.
2. He Is Famous for His Philanthropy Work
MrBeast made a name for himself through his philanthropic deeds. So far, he has built wells in Africa, given millions to charity, donated 100 cars, helped 1,000 deaf people, assisted 1,000 blind people, and given away two private islands.
3. The Name “MrBeast” Was Suggested to Him By an Xbox Game
MrBeast was born James Stephen Donaldson. Most of his close friends and relatives, including his mother, often refer to him as “Jimmy,” as seen in the many online interviews. “MrBeast” was a username first suggested by Xbox, so he kept it for his subsequent online accounts.
4. MrBeast Has the Most Subscribed Individual YouTube Accounts
With over 226 million subscribers at the time of writing, MrBeast boasts the most subscribed to individual YouTube accounts. He ranks second overall, only behind T-Series, an Indian record label. He also has other successful channels, including Beast Philanthropy, MrBeast Gaming, MrBeast 2 (formerly MrBeast Shorts), and Beast Reacts.
5. He Started Posting on YouTube in 2012
While MrBeast is seen as a yardstick for upcoming content creators, he has earned the position over the years. He recorded and posted his first video on YouTube in 2012 when he was only 13. Most of his debut videos estimated how much other celebrities earned and Let’s Play (LP).
6. MrBeast’s First Viral YouTube Video Was of Him Counting to 100,000
Even though MrBeast posted his first video in 2012, it took about seven years for one of his clips to go viral. He taped himself counting from 1 to 100,000, gaining tens of thousands of views within a few days. It took him 40 hours to complete the challenge, so he cut some parts of the video to keep it under 24 hours.
7. MrBeast’s Videos Are Outrageous
After counting to 100,000, MrBeast looked to capitalize on the found fame. He subsequently made equally or more outrageous videos. Most notable ones include running a marathon in the world’s largest shoes, burying himself in a coffin for seven days, and watching “It’s Everyday Bro” for 10 straight hours.
8. He Dropped Out of College to Become a YouTuber
After graduating from Greenville Christian Academy in 2016, he wanted to continue making YouTube videos rather than go to college. However, his mother gave him an ultimatum: he had to continue his studies or move out of their home. MrBeast reluctantly joined East Carolina University but soon dropped out and rented his own house.
9. MrBeast Helped Raise $20,000,000 to Plant Trees
Through a collaborative fundraiser dubbed “Team Trees,” MrBeast helped fundraise more than $20,000,000 to plant 20,000,000 trees. The initiative notably caught the attention of wealthy figures such as Elon Musk, who contributed $1 million towards the project.
10. Previous MrBeast Employees Have Complained of Being Mistreated
To the world, MrBeast is YouTube’s most prominent philanthropist. He gifts houses to the homeless, feeds the starving, and digs boreholes for the thirsty. However, more than MrBeast’s former employees have, over time, come forward and accused the star of mistreatment.
For instance, Matt Turner, MrBeast’s editor from 2018 to 2019, claimed that the YouTuber constantly bullied and called him a “retard.” Nine other former employees complained that Mr. Beast was a different, horrible person when the cameras were off. Most of the people who came forward with the claims received death threats from MrBeast’s fans.
11. MrBeast Was Diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease
MrBeast has often described himself as an introvert struggling to maintain a social life and relate with others. According to his mother, Susan “Sue” Parisher, MrBeast’s withdrawn lifestyle is a result of Crohn’s disease, a type of inflammatory bowel disease which he was diagnosed with earlier.
12. MrBeast Has Invested in More than Just YouTube Videos
To date, MrBeast has invested in more than just YouTube videos. In 2020, he collaborated with MSCHF, an artwork company, to create a one-time multiplayer mobile game, Finger on the App. He is also associated with MrBeast Burger and Feastables.
13. He Previously Used Homophobic Slurs on Social Media
In 2018, MrBeast was accused of using homophobic slurs on social media. An article published by The Atlantic reported that as a teenager, the YouTuber was in the habit of referring to others as “fags” on X (formerly Twitter). The content has since been deleted, with MrBeast’s spokesperson issuing a public statement saying the creator had grown up and matured into someone who doesn’t talk like that anymore.
14. MrBeast Actively Defends His Childhood Friend Who Recently Came Out as Transgender
Perhaps as a way of proving that he, indeed, is no longer homophobic, MrBeast recently publicly defended his childhood friend and employee, Kris (previously Chris) Tyson, who came out as transgender.
15. He Identifies As an Agnostic
Even though he grew up in a strict Christian setting, MrBeast announced in 2022 that he now identifies as an agnostic. An agnostic is someone who believes that more than one god exists. The YouTuber further clarified that he no longer agrees with what the church taught him about LGBT and would go back in time to stop it if he could.
16. MrBeast Recreated Netflix’s Squid Game
After Netflix released its hit show “Squid Game,” MrBeast sought to recreate it without the excessive violence depicted in the original. He spent about $4 million and awarded the winner with $456,000. This was one of his most expensive videos; more than 225 million people watched it.