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MrBeast: YouTuber who is knocking T-Series down for most subscribers

MrBeast: YouTuber who is knocking T-Series down for most subscribers

  • author, Lev McMahon
  • Role, Technology reporter

MrBeast has overtaken T-Series as YouTube’s biggest channel in a long-running battle to attract the most subscribers.

Indian music company T-Series, which uploads trailers and music videos, held the record for the largest YouTube channel for five years, before being ousted on Sunday.

MrBeast, whose real name is Jimmy Donaldson, was actually the person with the largest following.

But the 26-year-old has now made history on the platform with a seemingly insurmountable 269 million subscribers, displacing T-Series and putting it above all else.

Across nearly 800 videos, MrBeast has made a name for himself with huge stunts — including abandoning private islands, getting buried alive, and performing a real-life version of the Netflix hit Squid Game.

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In a subsequent post, MrBeast said his channel set the record for the largest daily rise in subscribers, which rose by more than 2 million on Saturday.

T-Series set the record in 2019 by overtaking PewDiePie – with the Swedish YouTuber saying “all it takes is a huge corporate entity with every song in Bollywood” in a music video explaining its defeat.

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MrBeast has become the most subscribed person and channel on YouTube which means he has expanded his hold and wealth on the platform even further.

It has several other channels dedicated to gaming, charity, and reactions to other content — accounting for tens of millions of subscribers for each.

“Don’t email me asking for money, I give money because it makes me happy,” his channel description tells viewers, referring to the massive amount of money — measured in the millions — that he has dished out over the course of his YouTube career.

A video he posted in April saw one person win $250,000 (£196,000).

Elon Musk, who encouraged MrBeast and other video creators to post on his platform X (formerly Twitter), was among those who congratulated him.