Ali Abdaal is a popular YouTuber.

He has more than three million subscribers on his YouTube channel by the name Ali Abdaal.

Ali is also a blogger, podcaster, entrepreneur, writer and former doctor.


Ali Abdaal was born on 11 May 1994 in Pakistan.

His mother is a doctor.

Ali has a younger brother, Taimur Abdaal.

Taimur is the founder of Causal.

Ali and his brother were raised by a single mother.

Pakistan, Lesotho & UK-

After living in Pakistan for a couple of years, Ali along with his family moved to Lesotho in 1996.

Lesotho is a landlocked country in Southern Africa.

Ali grew up in Lesotho for five years and attended a local school and in Lesotho, his mother worked as a doctor.

Then, he moved to Pakistan and lived there for a year and during that time, his mother moved to the United Kingdom to attempt an exam to secure a medical job in the UK.

And during that time, Ali was raised by his grandmother who was a teacher and she taught him English and maths.

After his mother secured a job as a psychiatrist in the National Health Service, he along with his brother moved to the UK in 2003.

A nerdy kid-

At 12, Ali started learning web design and Photoshop CS2.

While studying in high school, he became addicted to the internet.

Later, as Ali wanted to develop a game, he started learning PHP but after sometime, he quit his idea of game development after realising that it is a very demanding process.

The silver lining was that even though he gave up the game development idea, he learnt PHP.

Then, Ali started doing freelance gigs on RentACoder (now


Ali did his schooling from Westcliff High School for Boys in Southend-on-Sea, England.

After completing his schooling in 2012, he joined University of Cambridge to study for a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in preclinical medicine and psychology.

Initially, Ali wanted to study computer science but he realised that he only loved computers and coding as a hobby and didn’t want to make a career in it and so, he chose to study medicine.

After completing his B.A. in 2015, he studied MBBS from University of Cambridge and graduated in 2018.

Career & founding 6med-

From 2008 to 2012, Ali worked as a teaching assistant at Kumon at Southend-on-Sea, Essex.

In July 2013, while in his second year of B.A., he started 6med.

6med is a medical tutoring startup.

After graduating in MBBS in 2018, Ali worked as a doctor at the NHS Foundation Trust for a couple of years with a focus on obstetrics and gynaecology.

Gaining the confidence to start a blog-

For many years, Ali wanted to start a personal blog but a lack of confidence in putting himself on the online world held him back.

On 2 January 2016, he chanced upon the book, Show Your Work! and this book greatly inspired him to start his blog.

So, in 2016, Ali started his personal blog by the name Ali Abdaal and started blogging.

This confidence later also helped him to start working on his YouTube channel.

Ali hosts his blog on Ghost.

His YouTube channel, inspirations & hockey stick growth-

Even though Ali started his YouTube channel by the name Ali Abdaal on 21 November 2007, he started working on it only from March 2016.

After a few song videos, he started publishing videos of his life as a medical student.

At that time, Ali was inspired by Gary Vaynerchuk and his content marketing strategy and so, he was publishing a lot of educational videos for free with an intention to sell the 6med courses.

After publishing a few videos, he discovered the vlogs of Casey Neistat, Peter McKinnon and Sara Dietschy and got inspired by them and so, he started vlogging, specifically medical vlogging.

On 5 April 2018, Ali published a video titled- How to study for exams – Evidence-based revision tips and this is the first video of his channel to become viral.

Thanks to this video, his YouTube channel started experiencing the hockey stick growth.

On 7 September 2021, Ali started his podcast YouTube channel by the name Deep Dive with Ali Abdaal and here, he interviewed many famous YouTubers like Marques Brownlee, Max Fosh, etc.

He also has a couple of other YouTube channels namely, Ali Abdaal Vlogs and Not Overthinking.

Ali worked on all these channels alongside working full-time as a doctor.

Quitting his job to become a full-time YouTuber-

After working as a doctor for a couple of years, in January 2022, Ali quit his job to become a full-time YouTuber.

On the Ali Abdaal YouTube channel, he focuses on productivity, tools, books, earning money, apps, etc.

Ali also runs various courses like Part-Time YouTuber Academy and several Skillshare courses.

He extensively uses tools like Notion, Evernote, Notability, Ulysses and other applications to plan his videos and daily life.

He uses Sony Alpha ILCE-6400L, Sony Alpha ILCE-7CL and Leica Q2 cameras.

A successful YouTuber-

Now, Ali is a successful YouTuber.

As of October 2022, he has 3.43M subscribers on his Ali Abdaal YouTube channel.

And has 417K followers on Instagram, 224.1K followers on Twitter and 96K followers on Skillshare.

Ali earns through a variety of sources like advertisements on his YouTube videos, selling courses, receiving sponsorships, affiliate marketing, selling merchandise, through 6med, etc.

Thanks to all these, he became a millionaire.

Personal life-

Ali has been in a relationship with Sheen Gurrib.

In 2021, she moved to Dubai for a job and she is also a YouTuber.

Ali lives in London, United Kingdom.

His book recommendations-

The following are some of the books which Ali recommended through his YouTube videos-

Some interesting facts about Ali Abdaal-

  • After being inspired by Graham Stephan and Property Hub podcasts, Ali got interested in real estate.
  • Harry Potter is his favourite book and his favourite YouTube channels are CGP Grey and Tim Ferriss.
  • Ali collaborated with Lana Blakely, a famous YouTuber.
  • He loves playing the piano and guitar and singing covers of pop and Disney songs.
  • Ali is a polyglot as he knows English and Urdu.

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