Jimmy Donaldson’s Net Worth (MrBeast YouTuber)

Jimmy Donaldson's Net Worth (MrBeast YouTuber)

We recently shared an article about the Richest YouTubers of 2021. Jimmy Donaldson, better known on YouTube as Mr.Beast made the cut. He came in at number 22. Moreover, he makes the list of YouTubers with a net worth exceeding $10 million. But what exactly is Jimmy Donaldson’s net worth? Let’s take a look at the details of his work and earnings to uncover what MrBeast is worth.

Who Is MrBeast?

Obviously, MrBeast is a YouTuber. In fact, he’s a highly successful YouTuber. He’s best-known for his unique challenges, huge giveaways, and gaming content. His main channel, simply named MrBeast, has nearly 70 million viewers. His MrBeast gaming channel has over 21 million subscribers. Moreover, he has four smaller channels. So, although he’s best known for the gaming, antics, and giveaways, he’s not afraid to play with varied content.

Who is Jimmy Donaldson?

People online might know him as MrBeast but who is the guy behind the channels? Jimmy Donaldson is just 23 years old. And yet, he’s been actively creating and promoting YouTube content for over a decade. He started putting out YouTube videos when he was just 12 years old. Business Insider reports that he went to Greenville Christian Academy in his hometown of Greenville, North Carolina. He started college but quickly decide to drop out and focus on YouTube content creation instead. Rumor has it he only lasted two weeks in college.

In fact, as widely reported, including by Bloomberg, he was certain that he could crack the YouTube code. He’d spend all day studying which videos went viral. He’d talk to friends, working together to analyze the most popular videos. Bloomberg reports that he never wanted to be famous in any other way. Instead, he always dreamed of being YouTube famous. Therefore, he put all of his energy into that. Obviously, his hard work paid off. Really, MrBeast and Jimmy Donaldson are inextricable from one another.

YouTuber MrBeast Net Worth

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MrBeast’s Most Popular Content

As aforementioned, Jimmy Donaldson has about half a dozen YouTube channels. He first “cracked the code” less than a year after dropping out of college. It was early 2017, and he decided to create “I Counted to 100,000!” The video, which is exactly what it sounds like, takes about a full day to watch if you sit there from beginning to end. It became a strange viral sensation. To date, it has never 23 million views, 1 million likes, and over 120,000 comments.

He has since replicated the basic concept in many different ways. Basically, he thinks up challenges. Then he finds ways to take them to the extreme. Numbered stunts often result. For example, other popular videos in the MrBeast playlist include:

  • “I Spent 50 Hours Buried Alive” which has over 126 million views
  • Similarly, “I Spent 50 Hours in Solitary Confinement” has over 140 million views
  • “I Put 100 Million Orbeez In My Friend’s Backyard” is also in that same view count range
  • “Going Through The Same Drive Thru 1000 Times” is another popular one

The list goes on. Bloomberg reports that in a single year every single video he released exceeded 20 million views each. This is a huge, and uncommon, accomplishment on the site.

Recent Content Is More Philanthropic

MrBeast continues to do outrageous things to the extreme. However, his most recent content has a twist: philanthropy. He often gives away large sums of money as part of his video. For example, he’s given away money to homeless people as well as to random people he’s met on the street (who are not necessarily homeless people.)

He also invites people to participate in games and stunts to earn large sums of cash. “Would You Sit In Snakes For $10,000?” has over 84 million views. Other videos doing well in this niche of MrBeast’s site include:

  • “Would You Quit School for $100,000?”
  • “Anything You Can Fit in the Triangle, I’ll Pay For”
  • “Extreme $500,000 Game of Tag” (which he released about four months after “Extreme $100,000 Game of Tag”

People are mesmerized by his combination of outrageousness, giveaways, and collaboration with other YouTubers.

Making These Videos Isn’t Cheap

Before we get into Jimmy Donaldson’s net worth, let’s talk about his expenses. Sure, when he was 12 years old, he made videos on his iPhone. However, these days he pays a lot of money to create each video. Some videos take months to plan. Moreover, they take almost a week of professional filming to execute. BossHunting reports that MrBeast spends about $65 million per year just making his videos!

Bloomberg reports that he has spent over $1 million on a single video in the past. That was a money giveaway video of, as you might guess, $1 million. It ended up costing him more than that because he felt bad for the losers and ended up giving a bit off money to each of them as well. He once bought and rebuilt an island to give away for one of his videos.

Business Insider reports that he pays a steady salary to four of his childhood friends, employing them to work on his videos. Unfortunately, he’s gained a reputation for a negative work environment, as reported by nearly one dozen employees. Perhaps, though, that’s simply because he’s a perfectionist and expects the same of those around him. In 2020, he chose not to release three videos that already cost six figures in production costs because they just weren’t up to his standards.

As a result of his video costs, he sometimes spends more than he earns on a video. However, remember that he continues to earn over time. Often, people stumbling across his old content is what drives his current income. Counting to 100,000 almost five years ago continues to earn him money today.

MrBeast’s Income Stream

Obviously, most of Jimmy Donaldson’s net worth comes from his YouTube ads and sponsorships. However, he’s smart enough to look for additional ways to support himself through diversified income. He has his own merch store online for starters. And in 2020, he launched a hamburger chain. He’s also invested in a variety of different startups and fintech.

What Is Jimmy Donaldson’s Net Worth?

As we explained in our article about this year’s richest YouTube celebrities, it’s not easy to determine their net worth. Some of the information about their earnings is easy available. However, they make their money from a variety of different income streams. As a result, it’s tough to get an exact number.

We turned to about half a dozen reputable sources for that original article. By looking at numbers across those sources, we were able to get a net worth range with accuracy that seems highly likely. From those sources, we find that the low end guess as to Jimmy Donaldson’s net worth is about $16 million. On the other hand, MrBeast’s net worth at the high end is predicted around $24 million.

Therefore, we can confidently say that we believe that Jimmy Donaldson’s net worth is between $16 – 24 million. This is comparable to other rich YouTubers with similar content. For example, Logan and Jake Paul each have a net worth of about $20 million. Similarly, Preston Arsement falls into the same net worth range. So, if you’re wondering how much money people make on YouTube for gaming, pranks, and challenges, then ~ $2o million net worth for the richest of them is a very good guess.

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Richest YouTubers 2021

Richest YouTubers 2021

You can make a lot of money through YouTube. Of course, it’s not easy to become a YouTube millionaire. For every one out there are thousands, maybe millions, of YouTubers who make little to nothing on their accounts. However, if you want to get rich on YouTube, then sometimes it can help to look at those who do succeed. After all, watching how those accounts make money can give you ideas of your own. So who are the richest YouTubers of 2021?

What Does It Mean to Be The Richest YouTubers in 2021?

We scoured the Internet for information about the richest YouTubers in 2021. Using information published online between February 2021 and early July 2021, we discovered that there are a range of different rankings for Richest YouTubers 2021. Although most of the lists have similarities, they definitely aren’t all the same. So, what accounts for the differences?

Well, there are lots of different reasons that one list might differ from another. But the two main ones are that it depends a lot on what you’re factoring in to consider someone among the Richest YouTubers 2021. Some lists look specifically at the person’s net worth. Others look at the annual income generated from the income. Plus sometimes you have outliers like a list that might include someone who earned the most for a single video. So, no list is all-inclusive / definitive.

Moreover, most lists only include people who make a majority of their income from YouTube itself. Or at the very least, a large portion of it. However, some lists include people of high net worth who only have YouTube as a small side income. For example, John Green is best known for authoring “The Fault in Our Stars.” However, only a tiny portion of his $17 million net worth comes from YouTube.

With all that said – after comparing and contrasting 5 top lists, we’ve come up with what we think is the best list of Richest YouTubers 2021. The lists we compared came from: Wondershare Filmora, CommonCentsMom, Gulf News, Slice, and Pressfarm.

40 Richest YouTubers 2021 by Net Worth

Combining the information from all of those lists, we came up with a list of the 40 richest YouTubers by net worth.

Figuring Out a YouTuber’s Net Worth Isn’t Always Simple

Sometimes all sources agreed on a person’s net worth. For example, everyone lists Jeffree Star as having a net worth of $200 million. Similarly, multiple sources agree that Ninja has a net worth of $25 million.

In other cases, there are tiny discrepancies. For example, sources sometimes list Jake Paul at $19 million but other times as $20 million. In a few instances, there are huge discrepancies. For example, Dude Perfect’s range is from $30 – $50 million although most sources will shoot for the middle and say $40 million. And then consider DanDTM; most sources say his net worth is between 35 – 40 million. However, Slice lists it as just $18.5 million. This is in spite of the fact that Slice’s numbers are comparable to other sources on many other of the Richest YouTubers in 2021.

Highest Net Worth YouTubers 2021

In any case, here’s what we came up with as our list of the top 40 richest YouTubers 2021, by net worth. The image below shows the Top 10. However, you can also click on the image below to go to a PDF that shows the list in more detail:

Here’s the top 40, including their net worth and a brief description of what their YouTube channel is all about:

  1. Jeffree Star: $200 million, beauty/makeup channel
  2. Daniel Middleton of DanTDM: $35 – 40 million ( although Slice says only $18.5 million), gaming channel, particularly known for MineCraft videos
  3. Ryan Kaji of Ryan’s World (formerly RyanToysReview): $32 – 50 million (although Gulf News says $80 million), unboxing and toy reviews
  4. Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal of Rhett and Link: $32 – 40 million, comedy/talk show channel
  5. Benny and Rafi Fine of FBE: $32 million, varied content including sitcom
  6. Felix Kjellberg of PewDiePie: $30 – 50 million, mostly gaming along with comedy and some other content
  7. Dude Perfect (note that there are five member so it’s divided between them): $30 – 50 million, sports channel
  8. Andre Willem Benz of Trap Nation: $30 million, music channel
  9. Mark Edward Fischbach of Markiplier: $28 – 35 million, gaming channel with some comedy content
  10. Evan Fong of VanossGaming: $25 million, gaming channel
  11. Tyler Blevins of Ninja: $25 million, gaming channel
  12. Lewis George Hilsenteger of Unbox Therapy: $24 million, unboxing and tech reviews
  13. James Charles: $22 – 25 million, beauty/makeup channel
  14. Troom Troom: $21 million, crafty/DIY and recipes channel
  15. Nastya (also known as Like Nastya): $20 million, unboxing and reviews channel
  16. Jake Paul: $19 – $20 million, comedy, pranks, controversy, music and more
  17. Preston Arsement: $19 – $20 million, gaming and pranks channel
  18. Logan Paul: $19 million, similar content to brother Jake Paul above
  19. Rosanna Pansino: $18 million, baking/cooking channel
  20. Collins and Devan Key: $17.5 million, comedy channel
  21. John Green: $17 million, author of “Fault in Our Stars”
  22. Jimmy Donaldson of Mr. Beast: $16 – 24 million, gaming and challenges channel
  23. Lilly Singh of IISuperwomanII: $16 – $20 million, comedy and commentary channel
  24. Stevin John of Blippi: $16 – 17 million, children’s content channel
  25. Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla of Smosh: $15 – 20 million, comedy as well as other content
  26. David Dobrik: $15 – 20 million, daily life vlogging
  27. KSI: $15 million, music
  28. Roman Atwood: $14.5 million, daily life vlogging
  29. Matthias Fredrick of Hi-5 Studios: $14 million, all-ages, multi-content across multiple channels
  30. Zoe Sugg and Alfie Deyes of Zalfie: $12 million (combined), her content is lifestyle/beauty while his is gaming/ daily life vlogging
  31. Bright Side: $10.1 million, trivia and tips channel
  32. Ryan Higa of Nigahiga: $10 million, comedy channel
  33. Emma Chamberlain: $8 million, comedic daily vlogging known for her own original style to content creation
  34. Liza Koshy: $6 million, an actress and comedienne who started on YouTube
  35. Nikkie de Jager of Nikkie Tutorials: $6 million, beauty and makeup channel
  36. Alia Marie Shelesh of SSSniperWolf: $6 million, gaming and reactions videos channel
  37. The Try Guys: $6 million, comedic challenges content
  38. Shea and Syd McGee of Stuido McGee: $5 million, interior design channel
  39. Mark Wiens: $4.7 million, travel with an emphasis on food
  40. Babish Culinary Universe: $4 million, cooking channel

How Many YouTubers Have a Net Worth Over $10 Million?

As you can see, 32 YouTubers have a net worth of $1o million or more. And at least 15 of them have net worth exceeding $20 million. Jeffree Star by far and away has the largest net worth at $200 million. PressFarm reports that he earned $18 million on YouTube alone in 2018.

Highest YouTube Earnings 2021

We don’t have a comprehensive list of the YouTube earnings for all of our Top 40 Richest YouTubers in 2021. However, Wondershare Filmora compiled a Top 10 list. As you can see, we’ve added that to our aforementioned PDF. Here’s that Top 10:

Highest Earning YouTubers

According to their list Daniel Middleton of DanTDM currently has the highest earnings at $16.5 million. And as you can see, everyone on the list is earning more than $10 million. PewDiePie, Markiplier, and Logan Paul are all in the middle with earnings of $12.5 million each. And it’s not too shabby for Lilly Singh to bring up the rear at $10.5 million in earnings.

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How Much Do YouTubers Make?

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Almost everyone has seen a video hosted on the giant video streaming site YouTube. When the site launched over a decade ago millions of people took to it to voice their opinions, listen to others and entertain themselves. A few individuals have also been able to make a substantial amount of money through the site.

You probably follow at least one YouTube star. Faces like Jenna Marbles and Lilly Singh are becoming more and more recognizable and more YouTube stars are landing big roles in films. So, how much do YouTubers make?

How Much Do YouTubers Make?

YouTubers can make a pretty penny if their channel turns out to be successful. Some YouTubers have even been able to make six figures a year from the video streaming site alone. Channels generating this type of income generally have millions of subscribers and billions of views. Rosanna Pansino, for instance, has more than 8.6 million subscribers and over 2 billion views on her YouTube channels.

In addition to YouTube revenue, many YouTube stars also diversify their income by seeking out other opportunities. YouTube makeup artist Jaclyn Hill used her YouTube channel to kickstart an entire business and makeup line. Other YouTubers have landed roles in movies and participated in paid endorsements to earn extra cash as well. Because each of them have such reach on the internet (through YouTube) companies are itching to pay them to endorse their products.


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Who Are the Richest YouTubers?

Now that you know how much money YouTubers make, who are the richest? There are a fair number of YouTubers that have made millions through the site and their various endeavors. Here are a few of the richest:

Michelle Phan (Net Worth $50 Million)

How Much Do YouTubers Make
Michelle Phan is one of the richest YouTubers out there. Her net worth is estimated to be about $50 million and she’s been able to launch her very own makeup line (valued at $100 million). Phan’s entire career stemmed from her makeup tutorials on YouTube, where she’s still raking in six figures a year.

PewDiePie (Net Worth $18 Million)

How Much Do YouTubers Make
There are a few YouTubers out there whose channels focus on video games. PewDiePie is one of the YouTubers who has done just that… and made millions. Like many other YouTubers, PewDiePie is making about six figures a year from YouTube. He is also earning a bit of case from various other endeavors, including video hame competitions.

Smosh (Net Worth $11.8 Million)

How Much Do YouTubers Make
Smosh is a YouTube duo that currently has an estimated net worth of $11.8 million. Since launching their first Youtube channel they have made films and even launched secondary channels on the streaming site to generate more revenue. The pair is easily pulling in $1 million a year from YouTube alone.

Rosanna Pansino ($9 Million)

How Much Do YouTubers Make
Like many YouTubers, Rosanna Pansino took a hobby and decided to make it into a career. She hosts her own baking show on YouTube and has joined a YouTube network as well. Her current estimated net worth is $9 million. While most of her cash has come from her online endeavors (like YouTube) she has also made money through her published cookbook and baking supply line.

Markiplier (Net Worth $9 Million)

How Much Do YouTubers Make
Markiplier is similar to PewDiePie in that both star’s channels focus on gameplay. Markiplier, however, adds commentary that draws viewers in. Sometimes his commentary includes cursing, laughing and even crying. He is pulling in about six figures a year from YouTube as well and, like other gamers, competing for extra cash.

You’re not alone if you’ve ever thought about launching your own YouTube channel to see if it would take off. If you have a good enough niche you can make millions through the website. These YouTubers, and many more, have already done so. Have you ever thought about starting your own channel? 

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