Who is Rhett McLaughlin?

Rhett James McLaughlin was born on 11 October 1977 under the zodiac sign of Libra, in Macon, Georgia USA. He’s a 44-year-old YouTube personality, comedian, actor, writer, and producer, probably best recognized for being half of the famous YouTube comedy duo known as Rhett & Link, along with his friend Link Neal. The duo gained fame for creating the YouTube series “Good Mythical Morning”.

How rich is he, as of now? Rhett McLaughlin Net Worth

As of late-2021, Rhett McLaughlin’s net worth is estimated at over $20 million; earned through his successful Internet-based career that includes video monetization, and creating sponsored content for such brands as Alka-Seltzer, Cadillac, Wendy’s, and McDonald’s, among many others. He also increases his wealth through the sales of a line of merchandise.

Early Life, Parents, Siblings, Nationality, Ethnicity, Educational Background

Rhett McLaughlin spent his early years in his hometown of Macon, where he was raised by his father, Jim McLaughlin, and his mother, Diane McLaughlin. At the age of three, he moved with his family to Thousand Oaks, California, and two years later they moved to Buies Creek, North Carolina, where his father worked as a law professor at Campbell University. He has an elder brother named Cole McLaughlin. He holds American nationality and belongs to White Caucasian ethnic group.

Educational Background and Career Beginnings

Regarding his education, Rhett McLaughlin went to Buies Creek Elementary School, where he met his friend Link Neal on the first day when both wrote swear words on their desks, after which they were punished by staying in during recess, and given coloring books to fill out with mythical creators, such as unicorns, so the name of their YouTube channel and the show is “Good Mythical Morning”.

They even wrote a song and made a documentary about that, entitled “Looking For Ms. Locklear”. Thereafter, the guys attended the same middle and high school, Harnett Central High School. While there, they wrote a screenplay for “Gutless Wonders”, a film that was never finished, and filmed a 25-minute parody of Oedipus Rex. At the time, they were also members of the punk rock band The Wax Paper Dogz.

Upon matriculation, both Rhett and Link enrolled into North Carolina State University, and became roommates. In 2001, Rhett studied Civil Engineering, and graduated magna cum laude, while Link majored in Industrial Engineering, and also graduated summa cum laude, after which both of them spent some time working in their fields, Rhett at Black & Veatch, and Link worked for International Business Machines Corporation (IBM).

Rhett McLaughlin

Side by side, they started making videos and performed sketches for the Christian organization Cru. Once they developed their style as a duo, Rhett and Link quit their jobs to pursue their careers as full-time entertainers.

Rise to Prominence: “Rhett & Link” and “Good Mythical Morning”

On 5 June 2006, they created their first YouTube channel under the name ‘Rhett & Link’. Their debut video entitled “The Dam”, was uploaded the following month, and gained them numerous views. This encouraged them to continue creating more content, and they started working on comedy sketches, and later expanded it by adding parodies, funny songs, and vlogs. To date, they have garnered more than five million subscribers, while their videos have been viewed more than 930 million times in total.

Their most popular videos are “My OCD (Song)”, “Epic Rap Battle: Nerd vs. Geek”, and “I’m On Vacation (Song)”, to name a few.

Furthermore, the two launched their second YouTube channel under the name ‘Good Mythical Morning’ on 17 September 2008. It’s now their main channel, on which they have over 17 million subscribers, with more than seven billion views in total. They achieved enormous popularity when they started working on their morning show of the same title as the channel, in which they talk about various topics. They also interview popular social media personalities as well as actors, such as Bill Hader, PewDiePie, Daniel Radcliffe and Amy Schumer. Some of the most popular episodes of the show are “Amazing Game Show Cheaters”, “World’s Hottest Pepper Challenge: Carolina Reaper”, and “Eating a Scorpion: Bug War Challenge”, among others.

The show received numerous awards, including an International Academy of Web Television Award for Best Variety Series in 2013. They now also have another channel dedicated to the show called ‘Good Mythical MORE’.

Podcasts, Albums, and Other Major Projects

In addition to their career on YouTube, Rhett and Link have created several podcasts; their first named “RhettandLinkast” was created for iTunes in 2007. They later launched another entitled “Ear Biscuits”, which reached No. 14 on the iTunes US Comedy Charts, and earned them the 2016 Shortly Award for Best Podcast. The guys also run a YouTube channel dedicated to the podcast. In 2021, it was announced that they will appear in the podcast “Ronstadt”, for which they will also serve as co-producers.

They’ve released two studio albums, “Just Mail Us The Grammy” (2001) and “I’m Sorry, What Was That? (Live In The Living Room)” (2005), and published two books, “Rhett & Link’s Book Of Mythicality: A Field Guide To Curiosity, Creativity And Tomfoolery” (2017), and “The Lost Causes Of Bleak Creek” (2019). Moreover, they had a TV show, “Rhett & Link: Commercial Kings” which was broadcast on the Independent Film Channel during 2016 and ‘17. It follows them traveling around the country and creating commercials for various small businesses. Concurrently, they worked on the YouTube Premium series “Rhett & Link’s Buddy System” (2016-2017).

They also run their own production company, which was founded in 2009 under the name Rhett & Link, Inc., later changed to Mythical Entertainment, and acquired the Smosh brand (Smosh, Smosh Games, Smosh Pit & ElSmosh) in 2019.

Other Social Media Platforms and Merchandise

Besides YouTube, Rhett and Link are active on other social media platforms. They have almost three million subscribers on Instagram, on which they go by the name ‘mythical’. They also run their official Twitter account under the same username ‘@Mythical’, on which they have over 880,000 followers. They are active on the highly popular TikTok app too, on which they’ve amassed more than three million subscribers with 38 million likes. They’ve attracted over 4.6 million followers to their own Facebook page.

Appearance and Vital Statistics

Rhett McLaughlin has long light brown hair and green eyes. He stands at a height of 6ft 6ins (2.01m), while his weight is around 176lbs (80kgs). Information about his vital statistics, biceps size, and shoe size isn’t available.

Personal Life and Trivia

Rhett McLaughlin is a married man – the name of his wife is Jessie Lane, with whom he exchanged wedding vows at a ceremony held in 2001. They are the parents of two sons, their first named Locke McLaughlin born on 24 February 2004, while their second son, named Shepherd McLaughlin, was born in 2009. The family currently resides in La Crescenta-Montrose, California.

Rhett enjoys playing basketball, singing, snow skiing, off-roading, and reading horror novels.

He hates anything from Albertsons.

His favorite food is pizza.

His favorite singer is Rihanna.

His favorite animals are giraffes.

He is deathly afraid of heights.

His favorite board game is Risk.

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