Yesterday, news on how much YouTube sensation PewDiePie, real name Felix Kjellberg, made last year exploded all over the Internet. Many people were shocked and outraged that someone just making videos for YouTube could earn a massive $7.45 million in 2014 alone, and let their voices be heard all over the web.
“Money is a topic that I purposefully try to avoid for the five years that I’ve been making videos because I just feel like it’s not important to anyone,” PewDiePie said in a video he made to address the massive response to the news on his earnings. As it turns out, it seems as though Kjellberg’s money is extremely important to a lot of people, based on the outrage the news has generated.
Overall, PewDiePie treated the issue and flood of negative comments with good humor. At one point in the video, he reads off his favorite comments from angry people talking about how much money he is paid, and responds with goofy quips typical of his personality.
PewDiePie concludes his thoughts on the controversy over his cash flow by saying, “It seems like the whole world cares more about how much money I make than I do myself.” He then points out that his YouTube channel has helped raise over $1 million for charity, a fact that he says was left out of many articles and media outlets covering the situation.
This isn’t the first time PewDiePie has been the center of controversy. He spoke out against Nintendo’s revenue sharing policies on YouTube, criticizing the Big N for trying to make money off people that he perceives to be generating free advertising the company. He’s also no stranger to negativity, as the overwhelming amount of trolls and hateful comments on his videos prompted him to disable all YouTube comments on his content, but it appears that he has since began allowing comments again.
Kjellberg’s stock continues to rise, and it is likely that his earnings for 2015 will be even larger than what he earned in 2014. After all, PewDiePie made $4 million in 2013, nearly $4 million less than what he made in last year.
Besides YouTube videos, Kjellberg has pursued other ventures, including guest starring in an episode of South Park, releasing his own parody self-help book, and starring in his own mobile game called PewDiePie: Legend of the Brofist. His substantial multimedia presence shows that PewDiePie’s popularity is wide-reaching and ever-growing. PewDiePie dissenters shouldn’t expect the YouTube star to disappear any time soon, and if anything, they should count on him becoming an even more prominent entertainment personality.
Do you feel PewDiePie has rightfully earned the $7.45 million he made in 2014? Are you one of his 37.75 million (and counting) subscribers? Let us know how you feel about PewDiePie in the comments below.