PewDiePie is a YouTuber from Sweden who is popular for having the most subscribers on YouTube. For this, he received tons of awards and gained the loyalty of his fans. Unfortunately, he was also criticized and scrutinized by for his racial slurs and use of controversial imagery.
PewDiePie is the epitome of doing what you love and becoming successful because of it. His content revolves around playing video games and making commentaries about it. PewDiePie adopted different video formats later on, most of them exhibiting his unique style of humor.
Find out more about PewDiePie net worth, how his channel got more subscribers, and the negative attention he got due to being the most popular YouTuber.
Celebrity Name: PewDiePie
Real Name: Felix Arvid Ulf Kjelberg
Birth Date: October 30, 1989
Current Age: 30
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
Birth Place: Gothenburg, Sweden
Parents: Lotta Kristine Johanna Hellstrand, Ulf Christian Kjelberg
Height: 5’9″ (175cm)
Weight: 165 lbs (75kg )
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Relationship Status: Married
Spouse: Marzia Bisognin
Profession: YouTuber, Internet Celebrity
PewDiePie Net Worth 2020: $30 million
Felix Arvid Ulf Kjelberg lived with his parents and grew up in Gothenburg, Sweden. His father was a corporate executive and his mother was a chief information officer. He was mostly interested in video games and art. So, he played video games on his SNES and in internet cafes. As for art, Kjelberg learned drawing and manipulating images in Adobe Photoshop. At Chalmers University of Technology, the degree that he chose was Industrial Economics and Technology Management. Not soon after, he left the school because he was not into it and got interested in another endeavor – Youtube.
The account name for his YouTube channel is PewDiePie. It is a combination of “pew” and “die” where “pew” is the sound that lasers make. Felix first registered a channel with “PewDie” as the name but he forgot the password. So, he made another account with the name he is now popularly known as.
PewDiePie started out making commentaries while playing video games. His choice of games were action and horror ones. He plays Call of Duty and Minecraft but he was most noted for playing Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Not soon after, his channel was growing and it reached about 2 million subscribers.
Becoming the Top
The number of subscribers in PewDiePie’s YouTube channel continued growing to 5 million, 6 million, and eventually became the top most subscribed channel with 10 million. Aside from that, his videos also reached 01 billion views. You can already tell that PewDiePie net worth is also starting to grow at this point. Because of this, the Guiness World Records gave PewDiePie a certificate for most subscribed channel on YouTube. This was also the time when he started playing games from other genre.
More Entertaining Video Formats
As his audience was growing, PewDiePie started to experiment on other entertaining video formats like challenges and meme reviews. YouTube themselves also acknowledge his popularity and decided to give the popular YouTuber his own series called Scare PewDiePie. Maker Studios also partnered with him and other YouTubers to create a sub-network of content creators called Revelmode.
PewDiePie announced that he will delete his YouTube channel once it reaches 50 million. It did but he deleted another channel instead. YouTube gave him a Play Button award for hitting the 50 million milestone.
Media Attention and Controversies
The downside of being popular is your mistakes are scrutinized and more pronounced. PewDiePie received quite a number of criticisms because of his humor. He was also scrutinized for using racial slurs and controversial imagery. These caught the attention of the media and other social media outlets like Twitter. People criticized him for those but he apologized and promised to change for the better. Because of this, PewDiePie net worth was affected and his deals with Maker Studios and Scare PewDiePie series were affected. While he mentioned he was sorry, he (and his fans) believed that the media misinterpreted way too far.
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Another YouTube channel that was noticeably growing was T-Series, an Indian record label. It was predicted to surpass PewDiePie’s subscriber count. While Felix was not worried about T-Series in particular, he was concerned that a corporate channel would dominate YouTube. As a result, the “subscribe to PewDiePie” online campaign was born. His followers supported it and encouraged others to do so. This increased his subscriber count to almost 7 million.
He also released songs that joked about the T-Series competition called “Bitch Lasagna” and “Congratulations.” The Indian channel did not take the humor too well so they took it to court. An order from High Court of Deli favored the Indian channel and the two parties made a settlement. As a result, PewDiePie’s two songs were blocked from India but other videos remain accessible.
PewDiePie Net Worth and Current Status in 2020
PewDiePie played Minecraft before but he was reluctant at making content about it. That is because there are plenty of other Minecraft content creators. He believed people just play it to become popular instead of genuinely enjoying the game. When he finally played the game again, he was surprised at how much he was enjoying it. So, he focused mainly on the game and his other content centered on the sandbox video game as well.
This was also the time when he surpassed 100 million subscribers on YouTube, making him the first individual content creator to do so. YouTube gave him a Red Diamond Play Button to celebrate this milestone. In 2020, he announced his hiatus and took a break on January 15. Fans were happy when he came back to making YouTube content on February 21, 2020.
PewDiePie net worth as of 2020 sits at $30 million.
Inspirational Quotes from PewDiePie
“With my channel, and what people associate with Internet, most people think it goes viral, you become this huge thing super quick. I never had an explosion or a huge thing. It’s just been something that has progressively been growing. It’s been building.”
“Don’t be a salad, be the best damn broccoli you could ever be.”
“Money can’t buy you happiness but it buys you all the things you don’t have, even friends”