Griffin Johnson, 21, and Josh Richards, 18, are two of the top influencers and they both had a very big 2020 and that’s continuing right into 2021.
Yesterday Griffin Johnson announced that he was going to be duetting a couple of TikToks and donating the money directly to The Barstool Fund to help save small businesses. The Fund was created by Barstool’s founder, Dave Portnoy, and has raised over $26,000,000 to help save struggling businesses because of the pandemic. Thus far they’ve helped 140 businesses.
Moments after Johnson announced this, Josh Richards decided to join him and agreed to doing the same thing. Donate proceeds from the TikTok duets. Richards and Johnson then both donated $1000 of their own money. And that was just the start to it all.
Pearpop allowed Johnson and Richards to run this on their platform where they sell duets and Pearpop didn’t charge a fee like they normally would. Pearpop also donated additional cash.
“Thank you Pearpop for allowing me and Josh to sell duets on TikTok where it all goes to the Barstool Fund. Pearpop is an incredible and young platform and I am glad to see they are already making the right moves such as supporting creators through their charity initiatives and beyond.” – Griffin Johnson
Johnson then started challenging his friends who are other influencers and business owners that he knows to donate. And a train started unleashing. They raised over $200,000 from the help of their friends! When something is for a good cause, it’s okay to push in the right direction and with the connections Richards and Johnson have, this $200,000 might keep adding up.
“I come from a small town and wanted to help small businesses in need. Barstool already had the fund and the infrastructure set up, so Josh and I decided to jump right into it.” – Griffin Johnson
Now which friends did they get to donate? You’ll recognize some of the names.
Chad Hurley, Justin Kan, Ryan Kavanaugh, Faze Rug, Mr. Beast, George Strompolos, Cody Ko, Strauss Zelnick, Sean Rad, Logan Paul, Ed Mylett, Matt Higgins, Erik Huberman, Marc Randolph, Anthony Scaramucci, Rich Miner, Keem Star, Tana Mongeau, Josh Wolfe, and Josh Buckley!
Now let’s break it down a little! Here is a full list:
Chad Hurley is one of the founders of YouTube. He was in the CEO position until 2010 when he decided to step down and only advise. He is also a part-owner of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors!
Kan is an internet entrepreneur and investor who co-founded the law-tech company Atrium where he served as CEO. He is the co-founder of live video platforms Justin.tv and Twitch, as well as the mobile social video application Socialcam.
Omg @justinkan founder of twitch just bought a @pearpopofficial duet to raise funds for the @barstoolsports @stoolpresidente COVID relief fund. I’m keeping ZERO!— Griffin Johnson (@lmgriffjohnson) January 16, 2021
Buy yours today! https://t.co/KhgUtsz1hy
Boom! Donated— Justin Kan (@justinkan) January 16, 2021
I just donated – let’s go https://t.co/eYdYsdoZbR— Justin Kan (@justinkan) January 17, 2021
Kavanaugh is a businessman, film producer and film financier. He is the founder and former CEO of Relativity Media and the current president of Warner Bros.
I’m in guys I’ll give 5k— Ryan Kavanaugh (@RyanKavanaugh) January 17, 2021
Faze Rug is one of the most popular YouTubers and content creators who constantly gives back in his videos and it makes sense that he jumped right away to donate to The Barstool Fund.
Mr. Beast continues to shine! He’s one of the smartest, hardest working, and talented creators. His plans and goals to some seem unrealistic but he continues to crush those goals.
Talking about him crushing things – his donation was HUGE!
I’ll join in on the fun 🤪 pic.twitter.com/bk5fmSyGOx— MrBeast (@MrBeastYT) January 17, 2021
Strompolos is a co-creator of the YouTube Partner Program. Mr. Strompolos served as strategic partnerships manager at YouTube and was responsible for establishing distribution channels with new media companies and content producers.
🙌🏼 Let’s gooo pic.twitter.com/CtqTRmPig4— George Strompolos (@gstrompolos) January 17, 2021
Cody Ko is a YouTuber, comedian, podcaster, and rapper. Ko first gained public attention via his short comedy skits on Vine!
Zelnick is the founder, chief executive officer (CEO) and managing partner of private equity firm ZMC, the chairman and CEO of video game company Take-Two Interactive, and the former chairman of media conglomerate CBS Corporation.
Looks like @strausszelnick, CEO and Chairman of Take-Two interactive (@RockstarGames @2K Red Dead Redemption, etc), is coming in. Thank you, Strauss for being a man of the people!— Griffin Johnson (@lmgriffjohnson) January 16, 2021
Please join him. Any amount you can afford is greatly appreciated. https://t.co/aFZxeqQOc9 pic.twitter.com/OK5Ra6aahF
Sean Rad is the Founder of Tinder, and was the company’s CEO & Chairman until late 2016. He also donated to The Barstool Fund!
Logan Paul is one of the top entertainers from his podcast, ImPaulsive, his exclusive content, The Maverick Club, or even his boxing skills. Logan have given back in many ways in the past – now he’s giving back to The Barstool Fund.
Matt Higgins is an American businessman, and the co-founder and CEO of RSE Ventures. He’s also appeared on hit TV show, Shark Tank. He also donated to The Barstool Fund!
Erik Huberman is the founder and CEO of Hawke Media, the fastest growing marketing consultancy in the United States.
Donated again just for you bud!— Erik Huberman (@ErikHuberman) January 17, 2021
Marc Randolph is an American tech entrepreneur, advisor, speaker and environmental advocate. He is the co-founder and first CEO of Netflix.
How about this @lmgriffjohnson and @JoshRichards, for every retweet that this Tweet gets within the next 48 hours, I’ll increase my donation by a dollar – up to $5K.— Marc Randolph (@mbrandolph) January 17, 2021
I appreciate the initiative you’re both taking at such a young age to make a difference.
Let’s go! https://t.co/c5N0TVh8Iq
Anthony Scaramucci is an American financier who served as the White House Director of Communications from July 21 to July 31, 2017. Scaramucci worked at Goldman Sachs’ investment banking, equities, and private wealth management divisions between 1989 and 1996. He is the author of four books. He’s the founder of SkyBridge and SALTConference.
Buckley is a tech builder and investor. He’s a former teenage startup founder and angel investor! Buckley also donated to the fund.
Rich Miner is an investment partner on the GV team. Miner joined the GV team in March, 2009 and is based out of Cambridge, MA. Before joining GV, Miner was a co-founder of Android, Inc.,
Hey all, should I hold him to the promise to switch to android..— Rich Miner (@richminer) January 16, 2021
Keemstar is the host of the popular YouTube show, Drama Alert. He’s one of the most popular creators on YouTube and his snapchat show does very well also.
Tana is one of the most talked about creators and is constantly involved in drama. She is one of the top creators on OnlyFans and she decided to donate as well.
it’s no mr. beast money but hey pic.twitter.com/PdMK4rpDP6— tana mongeau (@tanamongeau) January 17, 2021
Josh Wolfe is the co-founder of LUX Capital he’s on the board of multiple companies. Wolfe donated to The Barstool Fund as well:
DONE. I have seen great stories of positive compassionate giving for small business owners—heartbeat of growth.— Josh Wolfe (@wolfejosh) January 17, 2021
Appreciate you @lmgriffjohnson + @JoshRichards https://t.co/2IT9i2oJ1A pic.twitter.com/IglNEVdJO4
What a huge list! Good job on Griffin and Josh’s part.
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