The King of Random: 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Grant Thompson

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By: Cindy Castillo | Victor Padilla Posted: 4:27 PM, Dec 3, 2018 Updated: 9:14 AM, Dec 4, 2018

If you’re an avid YouTube watcher, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of The King of Random. And if you haven’t, get ready to click “subscribe” and join the millions of fans who’ve watched creator Grant Thompson experiment his way into their hearts. Since launching his channel in 2010, Grant has built a YouTube empire, amassing over 10 million subscribers and two billion views – thanks to his curiosity and willingness to learn how the world works. So to help you get to know him a little better, The List chatted with the father of four and rounded up seven fun things you should know about The King of Random.

1. His Biggest Pet Peeve

The King of Random is always up for a challenge, and certainly doesn’t shy away from pushing boundaries. So we weren’t surprised when he told us his biggest pet peeve is people telling him “I can’t.” Sounds like Grant should change his name to King of Perseverance!

2. Family Comes First

Grant Thompson keeps busy with a bustling business, but his family always comes first! We asked The King of Random to tell us what keeps him most accountable, and his answer will make you swoon! “It’s my responsibility to support, provide and protect as a husband and father of four kids,” said the YouTube star. Aaaww!

3. What Empowers Him

In case you haven’t noticed, Grant loves thinking outside the box when it comes to creating content. But don’t just take our word for it! The King of Random tells us what makes him feel most empowered is taking risks, trying unorthodox things, and getting results. And the proof is in the pudding! Find out what happens when he fills a six-foot balloon with liquid nitrogen.

4. His Inspiration

Nothing fires up your neurons like conducting a science experiment, but Grant also enjoys stimulating his brain with books – a few of which have really inspired him! “I’ve been most inspired through books like The Richest Man in Babylon, Rich Dad, Poor Dad and The E-Myth,” shares The King of Random. “These are the books that gave me a foundation for growth and have actually changed my life.” Looks like we’ve got a few titles to add to our reading list!

5. His Secret Skill

We’ve seen The King of Random accomplish a lot on his channel, but what’s his secret skill?  “I’m a master of modification,” he proclaims. “I can take anything and make it better.” You know, kinda like that time he took boring old potatoes and turned them into glowing, magical mud. Witness the alchemy yourself below!

6. Self-Sufficiency is King

The King of Random’s success isn’t quite so random. And as a matter of fact, this self-made man would empower everyone around him with self-sufficiency if he could. “[I would] teach people not to depend on a system for support, but instead create the results they want for themselves.” As the saying goes, you gotta pull yourself up by the bootstraps!

7. Downtime with The King of Random

When he’s not running a multi-million dollar company, The King of Random is the King of Downtime! On his off days, Grant says you’ll find him spending time with his kids, going on road trips, and playing virtual reality on their HTC Vive. Work hard, play hard!


If you don’t already love Grant Thompson, now you’ve got seven more reasons to subscribe to his channel and binge-watch his exhilarating videos!

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