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.