Many people consider Brian Shaw the strongest man ever. And he definitely has some claim on it. He won the Arnold Strongman Classic and World’s Strongest Man contest in the same year two times. He accomplished that feat in 2011 and 2015. And he is the first man to do it. Now, he works as a popular YouTube personality. How much is Brian Shaw’s fortune?
Shaw created his channel to produce content entertaining to viewers with world-class feats of strength. He also helps others improve their body and mind. Brian won World’s Strongest Man competition in 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2016. Now, the 4-time champion talks about the strongman diet, nutrition, workouts, routines, and much more.
Brian is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist. And an ambassador of the strongman sport. As of August 2020, Brian Shaw net worth is more than $1 million.
|Name:||Brian Keith Shaw|
|Birthday:||February 26, 1982|
|Net Worth:||$1 million|
|Occupation:||American Professional Strongman Competitor|
Career Ups and Downs
Born in Fort Lupton, Colorado, Brian started his career in 2005 by entering the Denver Strongest Man contest with no formal training. Both of his parents were taller than average. And he had uncles of exceptional stature. So, in a way, height was always in his genes.
During his high school years, he excelled in basketball. After high school, he enrolled in Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colorado. He formed an inside combination with Bob Austin and led the Rattlers. After Otero, he got a full basketball scholarship at Black Hills State University. There, he got his degree in wellness management.
Even during his basketball career, Brian loved weights. He got hooked on them. The weight room served as his sanctuary. In October 2005, he entered the Denver Strongest Man contest with no formal training. And he won the competition. Seven months later, he joined the professional ranks.
In 2009 he entered the Strongest Man on Earth competition in Canada. He finished in third, but he was the only man to lift six Atlas stones weighing between 300 and 425lbs. For his next competition, he went to Romania and competed in the World Strongman Super Series. In September the same year, he traveled to Valletta for the World’s Strongest Man contest.
In his first World’s Strongest Man competition, Shaw made it to the podium. And his career really took off.
In 2010, he qualified for the finals at the World’s Strongest Man in Sun City, South Africa. He lost to Zydrunas Savickas, the former champion. They were tied at the end of the finals, but the system of scoring counts places throughout the finals. Savickas had 2 first places and 1 second place while Shaw had 2 first places and 1 fourth place.
By the end of 2010, he won the Strongman Super Series Swedish Grand Prix. The next two years were some of his best. In 2011, he won the Arnold Strongman Classic and World’s Strongest Man in the same year. Brian was the first person to ever do that.
In 2011, at the World’s Strongest Man competition, he finally beat out Zydrunas Savickas. He took first place by beating him on the final event, the Atlas Stones. Shaw beat Savickas again in 2013 on the Atlas stones. He won the World’s Strongest Man competition again in 2015 and 2016.
In October 2018 he competed in the World’s Ultimate Strongman competition in Dubai. He struggled with some of the events including the deadlift. He trained with different bar height. Brian also struggled at the yoke. But eventually, he performed well, lifting all the objects in the overhead medley. He finished just one point behind Hafthor Bjornsson going into the final event.
In the final event, he lifted all six Atlas stones, but that wasn’t enough to surpass Bjornsson.
Now, Shaw operates his YouTube channel, ShawStrength. He took a break from strongman competition to focus on his media career.
In 2019, he took part in The Strongest Man in History mini-series on History Channel. In the first episode, he pulled a 12,000 pounds Viking ship on a 60 feet incline course. Here are some of his Strongman records:
– Deadlift with straps – 1,014lbs
– Rogue Elephant Bar Deadlift with straps – 1,021lbs
– Hummer Tire Strongman Deadlift with straps – 1,140lbs
– Log Lift – 440lbs
– Atlas Stone/Manhood Stone – 560lbs
– Keg Toss – 8 kegs in 16.59 seconds
– Keg Toss – 7.25m
Brian Shaw earned a lot of money through his Strongman competition. But YouTube generates much more revenue. As of 2020, his channel has more than 1.5 million subscribers and generated more than 200 million views so far.
Brian gets an average of 260,000 views per day from different sources. That generates more than $1,300 per day in revenue or more than $480,000 per year from ads alone.
He makes extra income through prize money from competitions. For comparison, the prize money range between $80,000 and $100,000 depending on his ranking. And to top it all, he has sponsorship deals with ark Bell Sling Shot, Rogue Fitness, and Redcon1.