Some of the highest-paid celebrities in the world at the moment are those who found fame on YouTube. These include the likes of Logan Paul, KSI, and in this instance, PewDiePie. With one of the most successful and subscribed channels on the video-sharing platform, one can only imagine what the gamer’s net worth is. Well, throughout this article we will look further into it.
PewDiePie’s Most Successful Years
The growth of PewDiePie’s channel has been steady since he first started making videos. He saw success in 2011 as he reached the 60,000 subscribers’ benchmark. This continued in 2012 as he reached one million subscribers in July but then managed to double that in September. It was here that he signed with Maker Studios, which presumably is when the money first started to roll in. His channel then started to grow exponentially, as in February 2013, he reached five million subscribers, before doubling that again by June the same year.
In August of the same year, PewDiePie managed to reach the number one position on YouTube, and it was at this time that the Wall Street Journal estimated his net worth to be around $4 million. His wealth at the time will have been coming from numerous streams, as he has always looked for different ways to diversify his income. Whether this was streaming videos on co-hosted series or selling merchandise such as gaming chairs.
Yes, in recent years, as his subscriber count has topped seven figures, he has capitalized by selling different pieces of merchandise. The merch varies from clothing to gaming chairs, as he has obviously seen the popularity of products like gaming bean bag chairs and decided to get in on that himself.
Income Stalled In 2017
Whilst there is no doubt that PewPieDie enjoyed a very successful 2013 – 2016, this came to a bit of a standstill in 2017 when he was caught up in some criticism. One of the main issues arose when he paid people on Fiverr to display the message “death to all Jews” on a banner in the background of one of his videos. This led to Maker Studios severing all ties with him and PewDiePie found himself on the back foot from that point onwards.
An Estimation of PewDiePie’s Net Worth
Given his popularity, there have been many attempts to estimate PewDiePie’s net worth. Obviously, the only person who can know for sure is Felix himself, but one can make a rational estimation. Knowing his income is one thing but working out what hit that might have taken because of what he spent is another issue altogether.
Forbes believes his income did not take as much of a hit in 2017 as a lot of people think due to the fact he continued to rake in views, even following these comments. Not to mention, the YouTuber also has substantial followings on social media, meaning his influencer income from these platforms will also go a long way. All in all, his net worth is predicted to be between $40 million and $60 million.