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MrBeast has overtaken T-Series in their long-running battle to become the biggest YouTube channel by subscribers.

Indian music label T-Series, known for uploading trailers and music videos, held the record for the largest YouTube channel for five years until it was surpassed on Sunday.

MrBeast, whose real name is Jimmy Donaldson, was already the individual with the largest following.

Now, at 26 years old, he has made history on the platform with a seemingly unbeatable 269 million subscribers, dethroning T-Series and towering over all other channels.


In a post on X, MrBeast said he had finally "avenged" YouTube star Felix Kjellberg, known as PewDiePie, by surpassing T-Series' 266 million subscriber count.

In a follow-up post, MrBeast revealed his channel broke the record with its largest ever daily spike in subscribers, gaining over 2 million on Saturday.

T-Series initially set the record in 2019 by overtaking PewDiePie, to which the Swedish YouTuber responded, "All it took was a massive corporate entity with every song in Bollywood," in a music video explaining his defeat.


MrBeast's ascent to the most subscribed channel extends his dominance and wealth on the platform even further.

He runs several other channels focused on gaming, philanthropy, and reaction videos, each with tens of millions of subscribers.

"Do not email me asking for money, I give away money because it makes me happy," reads his channel's description, highlighting the millions he has distributed during his YouTube career.

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

In 2022, Forbes estimated his net worth to be around $500 million and ranked him first on its list of the top 50 creators in 2023.

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

Making X more appealing for creators is central to Mr. Musk's strategy for profitability.

In January, MrBeast revealed he earned $250,000 from his first video posted on X.

MrBeast's record-breaking achievement is also good news for Amazon, which has signed him to a TV deal reportedly worth as much as $100 million.