MrBeast becomes the most followed person on YouTube

Video sensation Mr Beast now has the most subscribers on YouTube of any individual account with more than 111 million followers – overtaking his closest rival PewDiePie.

The American vlogger from Kansas, whose real name is Jimmy Donaldson, gained tens of thousands of viewers and had 111,846,104 subscribers as of yesterday evening.

Meanwhile PewDiePie from Sweden, whose real name is Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, was on 111,846,079 followers – just over a couple of dozen short of Mr. Donaldson’s number.

MrBeast was gaining followers at a much faster rate having added 159,000 to his account in 24 hours, whereas his closest competitor PewDiePie added 1,500 in the same time frame.

American vlogger MrBeast (pictured) from Kansas, whose real name is Jimmy Donaldson, gained tens of thousands of viewers and had 111,846,104 subscribers as of yesterday evening

PewDiePie from Sweden (pictured), whose real name is Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, was on 111,846,079 followers - just over a couple of dozen short of Mr Donaldson's number, Dexerto reported

PewDiePie from Sweden (pictured), whose real name is Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, was on 111,846,079 followers – just over a couple of dozen short of Mr Donaldson’s number, Dexerto reported

MrBeast, 24, is known for shooting and filming expensive stunts and challenges.  He came to prominence when he donated thousands of dollars to small Twitch users and YouTubers

MrBeast, 24, is known for shooting and filming expensive stunts and challenges. He came to prominence when he donated thousands of dollars to small Twitch users and YouTubers

MrBeast is known for shooting and filming expensive stunts and challenges.

The 24-year-old joined YouTube at the age of 13 and initially focused his content on video game footage and discussing the estimated net worth of stars.

Now only a handful of group accounts and business profiles such as T-Series (229 million), YouTube Movies (158 million), and Cocomelon – Nursery Rhymes (147 million) have more followers than him.

He came to prominence when he donated thousands of dollars to small Twitch users and YouTubers.

Inspired by the Roald Dahl classic Charlie and the Chocolate factory, the multi-millionaire gave away $500,000 to a supporter in June.

He also gained major media attraction and attention for his real-life take on the Netflix series Squid Game, which saw the content creator recruit applicants to play real life games.

And in a separate venture in 2020 he founded MrBeast burger, a virtual brand and takeaway service for customers.

On the Joe Rogan Experience podcast he told the presenter about how he dubs his channels so people speaking different languages ​​can enjoy his content.

He told Rogan: ‘We actually… I’m kind of curious why you don’t do this… we do our videos in other languages ​​as well.

‘So these are the exact same videos on my main channel, but we pay voice actors to dub over them. We translate the text on the video – everything.’

The YouTuber’s Spanish channel is ‘one of the fastest growing channels last year’ and went from 300,000 viewers to a staggering 22 million in a single year.

MrBeast (pictured) standing outside of a Walmart holding his own branded confectionary

MrBeast (pictured) standing outside of a Walmart holding his own branded confectionary

Last year he earned $54million and his clips and shows have garnered 10billion views (Pictured: Global YouTube star MrBeast attends the launch of the first physical MrBeast Burger Restaurant at American Dream)

Last year he earned $54million and his clips and shows have garnered 10billion views (Pictured: Global YouTube star MrBeast attends the launch of the first physical MrBeast Burger Restaurant at American Dream)

Last year he earned $54 million, according to Forbes, having garnered more than 10 billion views on his clips and shows.

Talent manager manager Reed Duchscher, who began his career in the NFL, has been instrumental in helping MrBeast grow his audience, UNILAD reported.

Mr Duchscher told the Iced Coffee podcast: ‘I met Jimmy through a Twitter DM in 2018. A friend of ours started a Twitter group and he was like, ‘you guys need to meet’.

Jimmy had like, 1.3 million subscribers at the time, which is crazy to say now. And we just hit it off from the beginning.’

UniLad reported talent manager Reed Duchscher, who began his career in the NFL, has been instrumental in helping MrBeast (pictured) grow his audience

UniLad reported talent manager Reed Duchscher, who began his career in the NFL, has been instrumental in helping MrBeast (pictured) grow his audience

MrBeast caught up and reached PewDiePie's number of subscribers after hitting 111million on November 11 (Pictured: MrBeast attends Amazon's Prime Day

MrBeast caught up and reached PewDiePie’s number of subscribers after hitting 111million on November 11 (Pictured: MrBeast attends Amazon’s Prime Day “Ultimate Crown” gaming event where MrBeast and Ninja compete head-to-head at HyperX Arena)

MrBeast's rival PewDiePie was aware his closest rival MrBeast was likely to overtake him and said he 'deserves' it

MrBeast’s rival PewDiePie was aware his closest rival MrBeast was likely to overtake him and said he ‘deserves’ it

On November 11 MrBeast caught up with PewDiePie’s number of subscribers after hitting 111 million.

He shared his reaction on Twitter and to celebrate his achievement bought 1,111 tickets and shared a photo of the slips for the ‘North Carolina PowerBall’ lottery.

His tweet caption at the time read: ‘WHAT ARE THE ODDS I RANDOMLY OPEN YOUTUBE TO 111,111,111 SUBSCRIBERS AT EXACTLY 11:11 ON NOVEMBER 11th???’

Meanwhile his competitor PewDiePie has been an active YouTube user since 2010, where he started out publishing gaming content on the platform.

Since then he started producing lifestyle vlog and commentary videos and in August 2019 became the first individual creator to hit 100 million subscribers.

However four months later the Swede decided to take a break from vlogging, claiming he was dealing with burnout and started to post less frequently.

Earlier this year in May he revealed that he had moved to Japan from his home in Brighton, England, and gave his followers an update on what his new lifestyle is like.

Recently he said he knew Donaldson was likely to overtake him and said his counterpart ‘deserves’ it.

He added: ‘Come on, I’ve been retired for like two years now. I can’t wait for it to be over.’

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