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MrBeast reveals how he went from “$1 a day” to millions in Casey Neistat interview

Published: 28/Mar/2019 23:39 Updated: 24/Apr/2019 17:00

by Calum Patterson


YouTuber MrBeast has skyrocketed in popularity over the past 12 months, now gaining over one million subscribers a month, but he came from humble beginnings, as he revealed in an interview with fellow YouTuber Casey Neistat.

Known for a variety of videos, many of which go insanely viral, MrBeast, real name Jimmy Donaldson, now has over 16 million YouTube subscribers, an increase of 14 million since January 2018.

His success is certainly an anomaly, as not many YouTubers boast such a rapid rise in popularity in such a short period of time, especially with the, let’s say, unique style of content he provides.

MrBeast often donates large sums of money to small Twitch streamers.

Some of his most popular videos include “Spending 24 hours straight underwater” and “I spent 24 hours straight in an insane asylum”, or even “saying PewDiePie 100,000 times.

Perhaps the content he is best known for, however, is donating large sums of money to Twitch streamers and recording both his and their reactions – but how has he managed to afford such lavish philanthropy?

“I used to make a dollar a day, so I didn’t even have a microphone,” Donaldson explains, “My mindset was just ‘reinvest everything I make – every time I got a paycheck, that was the month’s budget.”

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“So I saved up a dollar a day to buy a microphone, when I made a few thousand, I just spent a few thousand, when I made ten thousand, I just spent ten thousand. As I made more videos, I was like ‘I want to spend it on videos somehow.”

Of course, the millions of dollars which he has handed out – to streamers, homeless people, waiters and Uber drivers to name but a few – is not all out of his pocket.

Rather, he has used brand deals and sponsored videos to support these efforts, who in turn receive exposure through the millions of views each upload generates.

MrBeast / YouTubeMrBeast recently hosted a massive IRL battle royale game for many of the most popular content creators on YouTube and Twitch.

MrBeast also explained why he thinks those videos do so well, stating: “There’s a big misconception that controversy and negativity is the only way to get clicks, because that’s how it is in the media, for the most part, they don’t want good stories, they just want bad things.

“But I think on YouTube, it’s different, and people just haven’t realized it: positivity is just as clickbait as negativity.”

  • More: Call of Duty pro and 100 Thieves CEO Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag has also taken to donating large sums to his followers. His latest campaign saw him give out almost $150,000 in a new partnership with Cash App.

    With so many personalities frequently utilizing their status to give back to their communities, there’s no telling who will be the next one to take part in the trend. 


Conor McGregor explains why YouTube boxing is “good business” for the sport

Published: 16/Jan/2021 1:20

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Jake Paul and Logan Paul helped popularize ‘YouTube Boxing’ in recent years, although it’s often described as a mockery of the sport. However, Conor McGregor explained why he isn’t against it and thinks it’s good business.

Conor McGregor has been focused on his upcoming UFC 257 bout against Dustin Poirier for a while now. However, that hasn’t stopped Jake Paul from doing his best to rope the former double champion into an exhibition boxing match.

Jake first called him out back in November 2020 after he knocked out Nate Robinson. Then, he taunted him to accept a $50 million fight offer several weeks later and has been flailing about ever since. 

He still hasn’t managed to get his attention. However, his antics did draw out comments from UFC President Dana White and Conor’s coach, John Kavanagh. Now, Conor has finally shared his thoughts on YouTube boxing as a whole, and here’s what he had to say.

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Jake Paul has tried and failed to bait a response from Conor McGregor.

“A lot of people are criticizing [YouTube boxing] as maybe making a bit of a mockery of fighting,” asked an interviewer. It’s the predominant view among fans of combat sports. “I want you to weigh in on that for me.” 

“If they are fighting, well, then it can’t make a mockery of fighting, right?” said Conor. “They’re getting in, and they’re competing. I am not so much against it. The YouTube kid and the NBA star competing [was] good business.

“Am I into those competitions myself? It’s not the most high level if any level… [but] as they say if it makes dollars, it makes sense,” he added. “I know Dana and the UFC are not really into it, but… I’m not so against it. I think if people are willing to get in and take the risk of making that walk, I am certainly a viewer.”


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Conor’s opinion might come as a surprise to fans who expected him to make scathing comments. However, as a businessman himself, it seems like he’s all for it. Plus, as he said, YouTube boxers are still fighting and giving it their all.

On another note, Conor didn’t seem too incensed about Jake. He barely mentioned him at all. 

Still, it’s only a matter of time before Jake responds, and there’s no doubt he won’t be too thrilled about being referred to as “the YouTube kid.”