Mark B. Rober is an American YouTuber, engineer, and inventor. He is well-known on YouTube for his videos discussing popular science and do-it-yourself gadgets. Before joining YouTube, Rober worked for NASA for nine years as an engineer. He later spent four years as a product designer in Apple Inc.’s Special Projects Group. As of 2022, Mark Rober’s net worth is estimated to be $5 Million.
|Full Name||Mark B. Rober|
|Date of Birth||March 11, 1980|
|Birthplace||Orange County, California, United States|
|Profession||Engineer, inventor, YouTube personality|
|Net Worth||$5 million|
Rober grew up in Orange County, California. As a child, he became interested in engineering, making a pair of goggles that helped avoid tears while cutting onions. He earned a mechanical engineering degree from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree from the University of Southern California.
Mark Rober Net Worth & Career
Early Career (NASA)
Rober joined NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in 2004. He worked there for nine years, seven of which were spent working on the Curiosity rover, which is now on Mars.
He designed and delivered hardware on several JPL missions, including AMT, GRAIL, SMAP, and Mars Science Laboratory. While at NASA, Rober was one of the primary architects for “JPL Wired”, which was a comprehensive knowledge capture wiki. He published a case study about applying wiki technology in a high-tech organization to develop an “Intrapedia” for the capture of corporate knowledge.
During his time at NASA, Rober began making viral videos. His videos cover a wide variety of topics, sparking ideas for April Fools’ Day pranks and teaching about tricks like beating an escape room and filming primates in zoos non-invasively. He advocates for science, making videos testing the ability for sharks to smell blood in water, fluidized sand and water purification.
In October 2011, Rober recorded his first YouTube video. It shows a Halloween costume that used two iPads to create the illusion of seeing through his body. His video of the “gaping hole in torso” costume went viral, receiving 1.5 million views in just one day.
The following year, Rober launched Digital Dudz, an online Halloween costume company that specializes in Halloween costumes based on the same concept as the video (to which Rober holds the patent). The company took in $250,000 in revenue in its first three weeks of operations, and by 2013 his app-integrated costumes were sold in retail stores such as Party City. The costumes were widely featured on news channels such as CBS News, CNN, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Fox, Yahoo! News, Discovery Channel, The Today Show and GMA, He sold the company to UK-based costume company Morphsuits in 2013.
In December 2018, Rober posted a video showing how he tricked parcel thieves with an engineered contraption that sprayed glitter on the thieves, emitted a foul odor, and captured video of the thieves. The video went viral, receiving 25 million views in one day.
Rober later removed two of the five incidents caught on tape after discovering that two of the thieves were actually friends of a person he hired to help catch the package thieves. Rober posted a follow-up in December 2019, teaming up with Macaulay Culkin and featuring an improved design.
Rober would post another follow up a year later, featuring a third edition of the bomb. During the process of building the third bomb, Rober collaborated with Jim Browning, ScammerPayback, and various state and federal authorities to use the glitter bomb bait package as a tactic to track and arrest money mules and their supervisors, who were working with scamming call centers in India to rob elderly people of thousands of dollars. Some of the investigations are still ongoing. This was in conjunction with a multi-Youtuber movement to get back at and shut down scam callers, while raising awareness to prevent other people from being scammed in the future.
Rober has contributed articles to Men’s Health, and gave a TEDx presentation in 2015 How to Come Up with Good Ideas and another one entitled The Super Mario Effect – Tricking Your Brain into Learning More. He has also made numerous appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. In 2018, it was reported that Rober had been secretly working on virtual reality projects for Apple Inc., including the company’s on-board entertainment for self-driving cars, for which Rober wrote two virtual reality-related patents. Rober worked as a product designer in Apple’s Special Projects Group from 2015 to early 2020. In 2020, Rober will star in a Discovery Channel hidden-camera show alongside Jimmy Kimmel.
In October 2019, the YouTube community released a project labeled #TeamTrees, organized by MrBeast and Rober following a tweet that suggested that MrBeast should plant 20 million trees. MrBeast and Rober worked with YouTubers across the globe in an effort to make this come true. The goal of this project was to raise $20,000,000 for the Arbor Day Foundation by 2020, and in exchange, the Arbor Day Foundation would plant one tree for each dollar raised. Notable YouTubers who took part in the project were iJustine, the Slow Mo Guys, Marques Brownlee, Hannah Stocking, PewDiePie, The Try Guys, AsapScience, Smarter Every Day, How Ridiculous, Half as Interesting, Life Noggin, minutephysics/minuteearth, It’s Okay to be Smart, and HowToBasic. Then, in 2021, he founded #TeamSeas along with MrBeast , which aims to raise $30,000,000 for cleaning up beaches and seas, along with removing 1 pound for each dollar donated, using help from The Ocean Cleanup.
In 2020, Rober launched a 30-day Creative Engineering class on the online-class platform Monthly.
Mark Rober Net Worth
As of 2022, the net worth of Mark Rober is estimated to be $5 million. The primary source of his earnings comes from his career as an Engineer & YouTube Star.
Mark Rober Net Worth Growth
|Net worth in 2022||$5 million|
|Net worth in 2021||$4.2 million|
|Net worth in 2020||$3.6 million|
Rober moved to Sunnyvale, California, in 2015, where he lives with his wife and son. Rober is an advocate for autism awareness as his son lives with it. In April 2021, Mark Rober and Jimmy Kimmel announced they would be hosting a live stream in support of NEXT for AUTISM. The event was met with criticism due to the organization’s endorsement of Autism Speaks and applied behavior analysis.
In August 2020, during a video filming sharks in the Bahamas, Rober revealed that he tested positive for COVID-19, delaying production of his video.