Although Mukbang videos initially started in South Korea, the craze spread to the rest of the world. Influencer Nikocado Avocado jumped on the trend and is now one of the top YouTubers in this bizarre niche. He’s known for eating excessive amounts of food and having the occasional meltdown. As of 2023, Nikocado Avocado has a net worth of $3 million.
Real name Nicholas Perry, he was born on May 19, 1992 in Kherson, Ukraine. His family moved to the United States and settled in the Philadelphia area. At five years old, he began suffering from mental health issues.
Even with this, he was passionate about music. Nikocado became a classically trained violinist and majored in performance arts at college. At 21-years-old, he pursued a career as a freelance violinist in New York City.
He got calls from Oxygen’s The Glee Project and dreamed about getting into a Broadway production. However, being a small musician in a big city was hard for him and worked at Home Depot to pay the bills.
Becoming a Mukbanger
In 2014, Perry started a YouTube channel and his earlier videos were about his vegan lifestyle. He also made violin covers of various popular songs. In a 2016 video, he detailed his reasons for quitting veganism, stating health issues.
Around this time, mukbang eating videos were becoming popular and Nikocado was one of the first Americans to gain notoriety. He started eating massive quantities of food every day. Because of this, he went from 150 pounds to 350 pounds in five years. On the back of the popularity, his subscriber base grew to 3.69 million.
Net Worth and Earnings
According to Social Blade, Nikocado Avocado’s channel receives around 200,000 viewers every day. Based on a CPM of $5, Nikocado makes an estimated $1,000 per day and around $350,000 per year from YouTube ad revenue. However, he also operates five other channels that collectively have over 5.8 million subscribers.
Beyond YouTube, he is active on platforms such as Patreon, Cameo, and OnlyFans. Furthermore, he earns extra money selling merch on his website, ItsJustWaterWeight.com. Avocado’s net worth currently stands at $3 million.
People are drawn to Nikocado Avocado’s uploads for other reasons besides his eating habits. He started using clickbait thumbnails and video titles that indicate he has mental problems.
Not long after, he started using a mobility scooter to get around. Nikocado also had erectile dysfunction and sleep apnea. These health issues sparked a lot of talk from viewers and fellow content creators.
Nicholas Perry is openly gay and married Orlin Home in 2017. They first met in 2013 as members of a vegan Facebook group. Sadly, their marriage was rocky and Perry announced he split up with his husband in 2021. However, it isn’t confirmed if they are officially divorced.