Felix Kjellberg dropped out of college and started selling hot dogs; a few years later, the 24-year-old Felix Kjellberg AKA PewDiePie is a leading force on YouTube with 27 million subscribers, earning him about $4 million per year.
According to a profile of Felix published in The Wall Street Journal, Swedish YouTuber Felix Kjellberg, better known as his YouTube username PewDiePie, has 27 million subscribers and pulls in around $4 million in ad sales per year.
He is well known among gamers and non-gamers for his funny videos that are not video game reviews, but programs where he plays video games while narrating his experience. He has posted videos of him playing popular video game titles such as The Forest, Happy Wheels, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Flappy Bird, Grand Theft Auto 5 and many more.
Where did the name PewDiePie come from? Felix says “The original name for the YouTube account was PewDie (“pew” for the sound of a laser gun and “die” for death), but after I lost the account password, I had to come up with a new name, so I added “Pie” to it.”.
Felix admits that the kind of videos he’s making are, in some ways, encouraging developers to create games that are not only fun to play, but to also watch others play. “It’s cool to have this kind of influence, but at the same time it’s kind of scary,” Felix said. Before he rose to fame as a YouTube star, Kjellberg went to college in Gothenburg, Sweden, uploading videos during his spare time. He later dropped out of school and starting selling hot dogs instead.
“I’m so central to YouTube now, and that puts me in the spotlight and raises a lot of questions like ‘Why is he so big?'” Felix said. “I’d much rather prefer to have something like 5 million subscribers.”
His most watched video “A Funny Montage” has garnered more than 50 million views.