Whether you love, loathe or feel complete indifference towards PewDiePie, it’s impossible to overemphasize his YouTube success story. Currently, PewDiePie’s channel contains over 39 million subscribers and his official Twitter account has amassed nearly 6.5 million followers. Perhaps the most extraordinary feat came on the 6th September, as he became the first YouTube celebrity to surpass 10 billion total views. A report in July suggested he earned approximately $7.5 million in 2014 and generates over $4 million in ad revenue per year. This caused quite a deal of criticism as it’s such an obscene amount of money. Nevertheless, PewDiePie addressed these concerns and said:
“Money is a topic that I purposefully tried to avoid for the five years I’ve been making videos. I just feel like it’s not important to anyone. I just want to make entertaining videos.”
“Whenever it comes out how much I made a certain year, people just get so shocked. A lot of people were also very angry. They thought it was unfair. They thought I just sit on my a** and I yell at the screen over here–which is true–but there’s so much more to it than that.”
“I understand that haters are going to hate, but I really think that money doesn’t make you happy. I’m just as happy now as I was five years ago. I’m very happy that I don’t have to worry about paying rent.”
Personally, I do not enjoy PewDiePie’s content and prefer to spend my time watching other channels. The whole ‘brofist’ mentality and screaming over horror videos isn’t to my taste. However, he has almost become the face of YouTube and you have to acknowledge his achievements.
Today we made history! 10 billion views! THIS IS INSANE. Thank you all so much! Kisses pic.twitter.com/L3Td2HMX4N
— Felix Kjellberg (@pewdiepie) September 6, 2015
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