MrBeast's Yearly Income Soars to an Astonishing $82 Million, Surpassing All Other Digital Creators
In the world of online content creation, MrBeast, also known as Jimmy Donaldson, stands out as a financial juggernaut. According to a recent Forbes report, the YouTube sensation amassed a staggering $82 million in earnings over the past year, a figure that surpasses the earnings of any other internet creator by more than double.
This remarkable achievement has landed MrBeast a coveted spot on the Forbes 2023 Top Creators List. This list, now in its second year, recognizes the 50 highest-earning and most influential creators across various social platforms, including YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, Twitch, and more. Forbes arrived at these earnings estimates by calculating each creator's gross income between June 2022 and June 2023.
MrBeast, who boasts an impressive 186 million subscribers on YouTube, has built his online empire not only through wildly popular videos but also through multiple business ventures and a commitment to charitable causes. Notably, Forbes reports that he is set to become a board member of the company upon the completion of the proposed sale of an 82% stake to auto-technology magnate Austin Russell, a transaction that values Forbes at nearly $800 million.
However, it's not all smooth sailing for MrBeast. Currently, he finds himself embroiled in a legal dispute with the virtual restaurant company responsible for operating his fast-food chain, MrBeast Burger. In his lawsuit against Virtual Dining Concepts, MrBeast seeks to terminate their agreement, alleging that the burgers served were damaging to his reputation, describing them as "disgusting," "revolting," and "inedible." In response, Virtual Dining Concepts has countersued for $100 million, citing breach of contract.
Among the other top earners in the digital creator space for the period spanning June 2022 to June 2023, Forbes highlights YouTube talk-show duo Rhett & Link, gamer PrestonPlayz, and kid YouTuber Ryan Kaji, each of whom earned an estimated $35 million.
Furthermore, the Forbes list includes well-known names such as the Paul brothers (Jake and Logan), the D'Amelio sisters (Charli and Dixie), podcasters Alex Cooper and Emma Chamberlain, and TikTok sensation Khaby Lame.
Collectively, the 50 creators featured in Forbes' list have collectively earned approximately $700 million this year, marking a 23% increase from the previous year. They command a combined audience of 2.6 billion followers across various platforms. Forbes compiled this ranking based on three key factors: earnings, entrepreneurship, and influence (measured by follower count and engagement ratio). To gather this data, Forbes collaborated with social-media marketing firm Influential.
Here are the top 20 highest-earning creators for 2022, according to Forbes:
1. MrBeast (Jimmy Donaldson): $82 million
2 (tie). Rhett & Link: $35 million
2 (tie). PrestonPlayz (Preston Arsement): $35 million
2 (tie). Ryan Kaji (Ryan’s World): $35 million
5. Jake Paul: $34 million
6 (tie). Markiplier (Mark Edward Fischbach): $30 million
6 (tie). FuckJerry (Elliot Tebele): $30 million
8. Jacksepticeye (Sean McLoughlin): $27 million
9. Matt Rife: $25 million
10. KSI (Olajide Olatunji): $24 million
11. Charli D’Amelio: $23 million
12. Logan Paul: $21 million
13 (tie). Emma Chamberlain: $20 million
13 (tie). Alex Cooper: $20 million
15. Brent Rivera: $17.5 million
16. Khaby Lame: $16.5 million
17. Amouranth (Kaitlyn Siragusa): $15 million
18 (tie). Huda Kattan: $13 million
18 (tie). Zach King: $13 million
18 (tie). Bailey Sarian: $13 million