Mr Beast reveals how he more than doubled YouTube subscribers in 2019

Connor Bennett

YouTube challenge extraordinaire Jimmy ‘Mr Beast’ Donaldson has summed up his insane year of 2019 on the platform, revealing how he managed to double his subscriber count.

When it comes to challenges and incredibly viral videos on YouTube, there’s perhaps nobody who had a bigger year than Mr Beast. The generous content creator kicked the year off by giving away a few thousand dollars in each video before building it up to an incredible end.

On the eve of Christmas 2019, Donaldson capped off his year by giving away $1 million dollars in a who can keep a hand on the money challenge. That climax of the year cemented him as one of the biggest YouTuber’s around, but his stats for the year really paint an incredible picture. 

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MrBeast has a taken on a Santa Claus-esque persona all year round.

With his first upload of 2020, ‘2019 Was The Craziest Year Ever’, Mr Beast showed how he managed to more than double his sub count – amassing over 15,000,000 new subs in the last year. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the YouTuber managed to do it by coming up with innovative and increasingly ridiculous challenges that viewers clearly wanted to watch.

Thanks to SocialBlade, a website that tracks social media stats, you can really see where his growth came. The YouTuber started January 2019 with nearly 13.5 million subscribers, but by the time the middle of the year came around, he had already surpassed 22 million – gaining an additional seven million towards the end.

However, the YouTuber has already promised to kick it up a notch in the new year. “If you thought 2019 was crazy, I can’t wait for you to see what we have in 2020,” he said, closing out his recap.

Just what Mr Beast and his cast of friends have up their sleeves for 2020, though, remains to be seen – but he will have to go some way to beat his 2019.

Maybe, just maybe, he’ll be able to pull off a successful version of his ‘last to leave the rollercoaster’ challenge by throwing his friends onto something a little more high speed than last time.

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