Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg (October 24, 1989), known as PewDiePie, is a Swedish YouTuber famous for his videos on the YouTube platform, where he works mainly doing comedy and criticizing memes. He was the first influencer to reach 10 million subscribers. If you want to find out more about PewDiePie’s net worth and biography … Read on!
PewDiePie was not always famous
Felix was born and raised in Gothenburg, Sweden. During his childhood, he was interested in art. Son of Ulf Christian Kjellberg and Lotta Kristine Johanna, he has a sister named Fanny Kjellberg. In 2010, her mother was named Swedish Chief Information Officer.
Already in high school, he began to have a passion for video games and repeatedly missed classes, so he could go with his friends to play. He graduated from “Göteborgs Högre Samskola” in 2008.
In 2010, YouTuber enrolled at Chalmers University of Technology to pursue a degree in Industrial Economics and Technology Managemen. In April of the same year, he created a YouTube account for the second time under the name “PewDiePie”, as he had lost access to his previous account named “PewDie”.
Its pseudonym is made up of “Pew” for the sound that lasers make, and “Die” which means die. Later I would add the “Pie”. The following year, for reasons of disinterest, he decided to drop out of university, which caused his parents to withdraw his financial support. This action forced him to work on his own, selling Photoshop art and running a mobile hot dog stand.
From hot dog vendor to YouTuber
At the same time, he began to get more involved in the YouTube platform, making gameplays of horror and action video games, among them “Amnesia: The Dark Descent”. Likewise, since September 2, 2011, she started uploading her famous weekly vlog “Friday with PewDiePie”.
As his channel grew, the content of his videos varied from action to comedy. In December of that year, it had more than 60 thousand subscribers. In July 2012, it managed to reach one million subscribers and two months later, it reached 2 million. Thanks to this rapid reach, in December of that year, PewDiePie managed to sign with Maker Studios.
In May 2013, the YouTuber won the Swedish Social Star award during the Starcount Social Star Awards. Thus, he became the second YouTube user with the most subscribers with the incredible rise in July.
Since August 15, 2013, it remained the YouTuber with the most subscribers, being surpassed between November and December of that year by the Spotlight channel. In just one year, he rose from 3.5 million to nearly 19 million followers.
In March 2014, the influencer announced that he would decrease the number of videos, from that moment on. Maker Studios launched an official PewDiePie app for August of the same year. This app allowed users to view their content, customize the list of videos, and share them with others.
Pewdiepie’s net worth is about 25 million dollars, according to several reports. In September, Kjellberg began streaming his “BroKen” series, and that same year his channel gained almost 14 million new subscribers.
In 2015, this channel became the first of the entire platform to reach 10 billion views. For the year 2016, the famous influencer had more than 50 million subscribers, and in June of the same year, he reached more than 12 billion views in all his videos.
Time magazine awarded him a position among the 100 most influential people in the world. That same year he launched his series “Scare PewDiePie”, through Youtube Red.
PewDiePie is a great influencer
Many media, journalists, and important television personalities have strongly criticized PewDiePie and its content, cataloging it as “grotesque” and “meaningless”, among other negative terms.
However, other media declare that it has known how to manage its audience and that it grows more every day. However, Felix has stated that he does not like to be described as famous or influential since his intentions are the opposite.
Despite this, their opinions about something cannot escape the great scope they generate, within a community that follows and admires it. In 2015, he appeared on the cover of “Variety”, Famechangers edition, identifying him as “# 1 Famechangers”.
Although its claims are different, PewDiePie has influenced the sale of many independent games, making its gameplays while testing them. It also influenced the sales of better-known video games, such as: “Slender: The Eight Pages” and “Goat Simulator”.
Kjellberg has had great rewards throughout his short career as a YouTuber and influencer. In October 2015, he was included in the list of wealthiest stars on YouTube in Forbes magazine, with 12 million dollars obtained that same year.
Likewise, he has had the opportunity to participate in other projects such as “Epic Rap Battles of History,” with Mikhail Barýshnikov. He was a guest judge alongside Anthony Padilla, Ian Hecox of “Smosh” and Jenna Marbles in the second season of “Internet Icon,” and a couple of issues of the Youtube Rewind.
He was also part of the radio program “Sommar I P1”, he hosted one of the episodes of the 18th season of “South Park”, in which he appeared again as a guest star in a couple of episodes. He was also invited to the program “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”.
On September 24, 2015, PewDiePie released its video game “PewDiePie: Legend of the Brofist,” developed by the Canadian Outerminds in the company of the YouTuber. Also, through the British publisher Penguin Group, published on October 20 “This Book Loves You”, a text that parodies self-help books.