PewDiePie talks about his $7.5mil 2014 earnings in new video
In response to all the hate YouTube star Felix Kjellberg has received since how much money he makes was released to the public, he made a video addressing the issue. Recently, we found out that he made $7.5 million last year, many people were shocked and some even angry. In his video he stated that he doesn't care how much money he makes, and that it hasn't made him any happier.
Kjellberg, also known as PewDiePie is famous for his Let's Plays on YouTube as well as his comedy videos. He has the largest following on YouTube with over 38 million subscribers. With such a large number of views, Kjellberg questions why anyone is surprised by the amount of money he makes.
In his 6-minute video, Kjellberg discusses his humble beginnings before internet fame when he was struggling to make money.
He has dropped out of college in order to get a job which gave him enough money to start making videos. Like most YouTubers starting out, he didn't make any money. Though five years have passed, and he is a YouTube superstar, Kjellberg assures fans that he has always made videos because he simply loves doing it, and that it's not about the money.
"Money is a topic that I've purposely tried to avoid for the five years that I've been making videos," he said. "I just feel like it's not important to anyone. And I just want to make entertaining videos."
However, Kjellberg wonders why so many people are surprised. He has over 9 billion views on his videos and those videos have ads.
"So whenever it comes out how much I made a certain year, people just get so shocked. A lot of people also were very, very, angry. They thought it was unfair, they thought that I just sit on my ass all day and I just yell at the screen all day...which is true! But there's so much more to it than that."
Kjellberg also mentioned in the video that it's frustrating that his earnings are so important to people, however his charity work is not often publicized.
Kjellberg has raised over $1 million for organizations such as St. Jude's Hospital, Charity: Water, the World Wildlife Fund, and Save the Children.
To conclude his video he thanked his fans and those who support him in his effort to do what he loves.
GameSkinny StaffJuly 10, 2015, 10:44 amContributorI can't stand the guy, but he's been able to launch a massive brand, build the biggest following on YouTube, and has kept up the momentum for 5 years.... that's impressive no matter how you slice it. As much as people bemoan 'all he does is scream at a camera all day', there are literally hundreds of thousands of copy-cat PewDiePies on YouTube who have no idea how to build a brand or grow an audience. He does happen to have a skill set, even if it's what are traditionally called "soft" skills.
Pip SimonJuly 10, 2015, 3:22 pmFeatured ContributorGood point about the copy-cats. PewDiePie clearly knows you to work an audience in ways many others can't. I'm definitely impressed by his abilities. I also think people are less aware of the fact that he makes many more videos than just the comedic ones that are on Youtube. I really like his simple Let's Plays.
Left FootJuly 9, 2015, 3:06 pmContributorPeople are always going to hate the guy on top.
Pip SimonJuly 9, 2015, 4:58 pmFeatured Contributortoo true!
Fireboltz_7795July 9, 2015, 2:20 pmFeatured ContributorI personally enjoy watching the guy play games. Most of the games I've played myself (the horror ones at least), and it didn't depreciate any of the experience when I played the game. The dude does his thing, just like we all do ours.
Pip SimonJuly 9, 2015, 4:59 pmFeatured ContributorI definitely agree. I love watching his videos. Often when I'm playing something I think "oh man I hope Pewds plays this on his channel."
RothalackJuly 9, 2015, 2:10 pmMaster O' BugsThe guy deserves every penny he gets. I don't watch him and understand why some people find him annoying, but that doesn't mean he shouldn't be a millionaire. More power to him.
Pip SimonJuly 9, 2015, 5:00 pmFeatured ContributorAgreed. I actually think making youtube videos is a pretty difficult thing to do. He puts out so much content and has made a brand for himself. That's a lot of work.
RothalackJuly 9, 2015, 5:02 pmMaster O' BugsIndeed, the haters are in denial of just how much work he does. They have no idea.