If you are a fan of YouTube, you have probably heard of MrBeast. He is the king of viral videos, known for his extravagant stunts, generous giveaways, and epic challenges. He has been named as one of the 100 most influential people of 2023 by TIME Magazine, a recognition that reflects his impact on the online culture and the world at large.
MrBeast’s real name is Jimmy Donaldson. He was born on May 7, 1998, in Greenville, North Carolina. He grew up with a passion for video games and YouTube. He started his first channel in 2012, when he was only 13 years old. He uploaded videos of himself playing games like Minecraft and Call of Duty. He also experimented with different formats and genres, such as comedy sketches, reaction videos, and commentary.
However, his early videos did not attract much attention. He struggled to gain views and subscribers for years. He even considered quitting YouTube several times. But he never gave up on his dream. He kept making videos and learning from his mistakes. He also studied the algorithm and trends of YouTube, trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t.
How Did MrBeast Go Viral?
He finally found his breakthrough in 2017, when he uploaded a video titled “Counting to 100,000 in One Video”. The video was exactly what it sounds like: MrBeast counting from one to 100,000 for over 24 hours straight. The video was absurd, ridiculous, and hilarious. It went viral and gained millions of views. It also established MrBeast’s brand as a creator who does crazy things for entertainment.
From then on, MrBeast started to make more videos that involved extreme challenges, such as watching paint dry for an hour, spinning a fidget spinner for a day, or saying “Logan Paul” 100,000 times. He also began to incorporate philanthropy into his videos, such as donating money to random strangers, homeless people, or streamers. He also collaborated with other popular YouTubers, such as PewDiePie, Markiplier, and Logan Paul.
MrBeast’s popularity skyrocketed in 2018 and 2019. He reached 10 million subscribers in January 2019 and 20 million in June 2019. He also launched several other channels, such as MrBeast Gaming, MrBeast Shorts, and Beast Reacts. He diversified his content and expanded his audience. He also hired a team of friends and staff to help him produce his videos.
In 2020 and 2021, MrBeast continued to grow his empire and influence. He created some of his most ambitious and impressive projects ever, such as planting 20 million trees with Team Trees, creating a private island and giving it away to a lucky winner, opening free restaurants and banks with MrBeast Burger and MrBeast Bank, and re-creating Squid Game in real life with a $456,000 prize pool.
In 2022 and 2023, MrBeast reached new heights of fame and success. He surpassed 100 million subscribers on his main channel in January 2022 and became the most subscribed individual YouTuber in the world. He also won several awards and honors, such as the Streamy Awards for Creator of the Year and the Breakthrough Social Star Award at the MTV Movie & TV Awards. He also made history by becoming the first YouTuber to be featured on the cover of TIME Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of 2023.
TIME Magazine praised MrBeast for his creativity, generosity, and vision. They wrote: “The path to making his videos go viral and dominating social platforms—including YouTube, where he has 140 million subscribers—is clear and obvious to him. He’s constantly raising the bar for creators whether it’s through re-creating Squid Game in real life or paying for the eye surgeries of 1,000 blind people.”
MrBeast is not only a YouTuber but also a philanthropist, an entrepreneur, an innovator, and a leader. He has inspired millions of people around the world with his content and actions. He has shown that anything is possible with hard work, dedication, and passion. He has also demonstrated that YouTube is not just a platform for entertainment but also for social good.
MrBeast is one of the most influential people of 2023 because he has changed the game of YouTube and the world for the better.