With a name like "MrBeast," you might assume that YouTuber Jimmy Donaldson is a professional esports combatant. However, the man actually made a name for himself with ludicrously extravagant and philanthropic videos where he does everything from sitting in slime to giving random strangers thousands of dollars. He even once handed an entire house, fully furnished and mortgage-free, to a pizza delivery guy as a tip.
With all the good MrBeast does, it’s only natural to presume that reality would pay it forward. Well, you know what they say: no good deed goes unpunished. Turns out MrBeast’s life isn’t as rosy as he likely deserves, as he’s had his share of raw deals. Sometimes, MrBeast has suffered the cruel sting of bad luck, and other times he has been the victim of his own success. MrBeast has even stared death in the face once or twice and lived to tell the tale.
While not all misfortunes to befall MrBeast are equal, it’s almost a miracle he can stay in high spirits and post videos with the regularity he does. After reading this article, you might discover some newfound respect for the arguable king of the altruistic YouTube video.
He narrowly avoided a potentially fatal car crash
Statistically speaking, virtually everyone either has been or knows someone who has been in a traffic accident — or narrowly avoided one. Car safety is serious business because all it takes is one distracted driver to crumple 10,000 pounds of rubber and steel around fragile human bodies at over 100 mph. That’s why you aren’t supposed to drive while drunk or tired, but what happens when someone drives while under the effects of an undiagnosed medical condition? MrBeast knows that horror all too well.
During an episode of Logan Paul’s Impaulsive podcast, MrBeast recalled a harrowing drive after he and his crew wrapped up a shoot. They had traveled eight hours to the site and were driving back when the guy behind the wheel (MrBeast didn’t name names) suddenly asked to pull over into a gas station because he "didn’t feel too good." He didn’t even make it that far because the next second, he seemingly fell asleep at the wheel. MrBeast did what he could to keep the car steady, slow it down, and wake up the driver, which is easier said than done on a busy highway.
While MrBeast managed to park the car on the shoulder and save its passengers from a potentially untimely death, he later learned that his friend didn’t pass out but instead momentarily died during the event. Turns out they have a rare condition that makes their heart stop and then start up again, which means for those several tense seconds, a corpse was behind the wheel. Of course, MrBeast’s friend now has a pacemaker to prevent future problems, but nobody knew he even had the affliction until after it almost killed them.
He philanthropizes more than he earns on his videos
MrBeast is estimated to be worth anywhere between $8 million and $16 million, but he is best known for pulling off expensively altruistic stunts, such as giving one lucky cat burglar a $100,000 diamond. You probably wonder how his giveaway videos help pull in enough money to keep his head financially above water, and the short answer is they don’t. But, that doesn’t necessarily mean MrBeast will file for bankruptcy anytime soon.
Early in 2021, MrBeast admitted via Twitter that his videos cost him "a ridiculous amount of money." He didn’t say how much, but he implied that if he solely relied on his primary channel, he would be hopelessly in the red. That’s why he started his gaming and reaction channels — he wants his eccentric giveaways to operate at a loss and to fund them with proceeds from other ventures. MrBeast also hopes to use the clout gained from his philanthropy to open food and homeless shelters.
Granted, while MrBeast doesn’t see much gain from his main videos, they still provide some revenue. He also profits from his merchandising deals and sponsors, but he kind of needs to publish videos to see any returns. For instance, at the tail end of 2020, MrBeast had to scrap a massive three-part series. The trilogy of videos cost an estimated $800,000 he will never get back, which not only gives a decent peek into the money MrBeast funnels into his work but also the reality of YouTube: profit, much like publishing, is not guaranteed.
MrBeast has Crohn’s disease
Stories of celebrities who found success while fighting the challenges of a disability or disease have become common. Many YouTubers have discussed their ADD or depression, but not all problems that plague celebrities are psychological. It’s surprisingly common to find celebrities with a physical disease that can leave them in severe pain if left unchecked. MrBeast is one of these people.
MrBeast suffers from Crohn’s disease. For those who have never heard of it, Crohn’s is an inflammatory bowel disease that can cause a host of digestive issues. While MrBeast can mitigate the stomach pain with a heavily regulated and unfortunately repetitive diet, he can’t do much about the fatigue. But, MrBeast also has to deal with the mental aspect of Crohn’s as it negatively impacts his socializing — whenever his friends go out to eat, he has to pack his own food if he wants to prevent a severe stomach ache. While his friends get to dine on fine pizzas and chow mein, he has to make do with homemade PB&J.
Moreover, as most people with the disease will tell you, dealing with Crohn’s isn’t as simple as making sure you don’t eat anything that upsets your stomach. Like many people with this condition, MrBeast needs to regularly take Remicade, which requires a four-hour stay at a hospital every five weeks.
Everyone thinks MrBeast missed the point of Squid Game…except for its creator
If you only recently heard of MrBeast, you probably learned about him because of his "Squid Game" video, which included all the cash prizes of the source material’s contests with none of the death. The competition is currently the most popular video on MrBeast’s channel, but not everyone was happy when the competition went viral.
After MrBeast posted his video, disapproval came pouring in. Critics around the internet claimed that MrBeast completely missed the point and themes of the show, that it was tone-deaf for him to spend millions to create a video based around an anti-capitalist parable. Some even went so far as to claim MrBeast plagiarized "Squid Game" and wondered if the show’s creator, Hwang Dong-hyuk, would have an aneurysm if he ever found out about MrBeast and his video. Cue poetic irony.
While MrBeast has many detractors because of his happy-go-lucky take on "Squid Game," one of his few supporters is, hilariously enough, Hwang Dong-hyuk himself. During the 2021 Gotham Awards, ET Canada asked the director a few questions, including his thoughts on YouTubers who created their own "Squid Games." MrBeast wasn’t named, but the query was likely about him. Dong-hyuk just laughed and said that he watched some of the videos and "loved it," which is as good an endorsement as any. Plus, MrBeasts’ and the other fan-made "Squid Game[s]" helped promote his show, so if anything, Dong-hyuk probably wants more deathless Squid Games, not fewer.
Is it ironic that fans of "Squid Game" are kicking up more drama over MrBeast than the show’s creator, or like the show itself, does it hold a mirror up to society?
MrBeast is so work obsessed he dreams about new videos
MrBeast literally eats, breathes, and sleeps new concepts for videos, or at least he did at one time, and it seriously had an impact on his health. During an interview with YouTubers Colin and Samir, MrBeast revealed a lot about his early career’s work schedule. He asked Colin and Samir to envision how much a content creator could get done if they worked 12 hours a day, every day, for a year. According to MrBeast, that was nothing compared to the work he got done with his team, probably because they all worked 12 hours a day. MrBeast claims that during that period of his life, he ordered out for food just so he wouldn’t have to stop working for lunch or dinner, and he even once skyped 18 hours straight. He had an unhealthy lifestyle, and he acknowledges this.
Working 12 hours a day sounds like a huge chore, even if it is for your passion, and most people might look for shortcuts to streamline the process. MrBeast did too. He told Colin and Samir that he once tried to train his brain to come up with ideas in his sleep. He wanted to go to bed, brainstorm while slumbering, wake up, and jot down what he literally dreamed up. That plan didn’t pan out…sorta. He managed to invent new concepts for content while sleeping, but not because of any lucid dreams. Instead, MrBeast claims that he obsessed over new ideas so much while awake that his dreams brainstormed for him without any input from his conscious mind. It was the personification of a task failing successfully.