Derek from More Plates More Dates has carved out a unique niche for himself on YouTube. The young entrepreneur has built up a large following covering bodybuilding and self-improvement. Derek first started blogging on his site MorePlatesMoreDates.com (brilliant name) and afterwards began uploading videos to YouTube.
Over the last two years the growth of his channel has skyrocketed. At the start of 2021, he had 300,000 subs and now has more than 1.7 million subscribers. He even got the opportunity to appear on Joe Rogan’s podcast!
While at university, Derek studied business and planned to get a job as an accountant after graduating. His mindset changed when his mentor Good Looking Loser was running a successful online business. Derek started publishing self-improvement related content on his blog in 2016 and developed a small audience.
He had been working in the supplement space for years, which inspired him to launch Gorilla Mind in 2017. Gorilla Mind is a supplements company selling a range of nootropics that claim to boost cognitive performance and pre-workout formulas. Derek owns Gorilla Mind alongside business partners Mike Cernovich and Chris Deoudes.
The 29-year-old also owns a hormone replacement therapy (HRT) clinic called Marek Health. The clinic provides services to help with hair loss, erectile dysfunction, weight loss, thyroid function and more.
His journey to success didn’t happen overnight and it took him two years to get 10,000 subscribers. Now, he’s averaging 1,000 subs per day and is uploading videos every few days to keep his viewers engaged.
Unlike most fitness YouTubers, More Plates More Dates doesn’t limit his content and explores topics such as hair loss prevention, hormone optimization and pharmacology. Over the years, he’s worked with famous actors, pro bodybuilders and elite athletes as his consultation services are in high demand!
MPMD’s rise to internet fame has led to fans becoming interested in his personal life. He even has a Reddit group with nearly 50,000 members. Despite his popularity, Derek keeps his life private and doesn’t share his last name publicly. Believe me I’ve tried to find out his full name out of curiosity but failed. I would never dox him!
Through various entrepreneurial ventures, Derek is earning steady passive income and has an estimated net worth of $1 million. His three main sources of income include YouTube ad revenue, affiliate marketing and Gorilla Mind. On YouTube he makes roughly $5-$10 per 1,000 views as the bodybuilding niche is very advertiser friendly.
For a while Derek was involved in the PUA scene and was sleeping with a lot of women. He no longer follows the PUA lifestyle and prefers to form healthy long term relationships. Although Derek doesn’t talk about his relationship status, it’s believed the girl in the image below is his girlfriend.