Mr Beast (Jimmy Donaldson)
Net Worth: $8 million
Mr Beast was born on May 7, 1998 as Jimmy Donaldson. He grew up in eastern North Carolina in the city of Greenville, and graduated from a private high school there in 2016. He was just13 years old when he uploaded his first video to YouTube back in February 2012 under the username “MrBeast6000.” For the first few years, Mr Beast attempted, unsuccessfully, to master the YouTube algorithm by creating the content he thought would attract the biggest audience. “If it gets the most views, its because people click on it and I want to give them what they want,” Mr Beast later said. As Mr Beast attempted to game YouTubes algorithm, the aspiring YouTuber went through stages of trends on his channel: funny compilations of highlights in playing “Minecraft” and “Call of Duty,” estimating YouTubers wealth, offering tips and tricks to aspiring creators, and commentating on YouTuber drama.
Mr Beast himself made very few appearances in his videos in the early days. Mr Beast started to gain a following in 2015 and 2016 thanks to his “worst intros” series of videos, which rounded up and poked fun at YouTuber introductions he discovered on the platform. By mid-2016, Mr Beast hit 30,000 subscribers. In late 2016. Mr Beast enrolled in college. The YouTuber later said he lasted only two weeks in college before he dropped out, telling his mom: “Id rather be poor than do anything beside YouTube.” His mom made him move out of his North Carolina childhood at 18 “because she loves me and just wanted me to be successful.” Mr Beast wrote on Twitter in November 2019. Mr Beast first went viral in January 2017, when he uploaded a video showing himself counting to 100,000 which he later revealed took him 44 hours. “I just really wanted it.”