The Rise of Mr.Beast (a youtuber)

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Have you ever heard of a 21-year-old youtuber called Mr.Beast? If you haven’t, here is what you need to know about him: He is one of the most successful youtubers today. He is also known for his generosity (excessive generosity), we’ll get back to that later. 

How did Mr.Beast start?

Like many other youtubers, Jimmy Donaldson (aka Mr.Beast) started a youtube channel in 2012 with the hopes that one day he’ll become a global success. At first, he used to upload videos estimating the networth of other youtubers, he also uploaded videos of him playing games like minecraft. Although he barely had some views and subscribers at that time, Mr.Beast was fully dedicated to building his youtube channel. All he wanted to do is find a way to beat youtube’s algorithms which will help him grow. It appears that he did beat the algorithms to become one of the most successful youtubers with 32.7M subscribers at the time of this writing.

Here are some of the craziest things Mr.Beast have ever done:

1- Counting to 100,000 in one video

Mr.Beast did a video of himself counting to 100,000. He claims in the video that it took him around 40 hours to complete. 

2- Watching the same clip for 10 hours straight

Mr.beast literally watched a clip called ‘Dance till you’re dead’ for 10 hours straight. He is known for repeating the same thing for a thousand times like going to the same drive thru 1000 times in one day, and a lot of other crazy repetitions of the exact same thing.

3- Donating and spending huge amounts of money

Beast is mostly known for how much money he spends in his videos. He donated more than $100,000 for twitch streamers in some of his videos. Also he made competitions on his channel in which the winner gets $1,000,000 . He bought all the cars at a car dealership and then gave away all the cars for almost nothing. Mr.beast literally opened a free bank and gave people thousands of dollars for free. He bought a $70,000 pizza and the list is endless.

4- Mr.Beast co-created what is known as ‘Team trees’

This is among the greatest things that Mr.Beast has achieved in his life. He wanted to plant 20,000,000 trees as a celebration for his 20M subscribers so he started an initiative called team trees where people can donate for planting trees. Each $1 equals 1 tree planted. People like Tobi Lutke and Elon Musk donated 1M trees each.

That’s it for today’s article. This article is the beginning of a series of articles where we talk about successful people and their background story. Stay tuned.