He’s the most viewed YouTube superstar of all time and his name is Felix Kjellberg — but millions of subscribers know him as PewDiePie. How did he take over the Internet with just a video game controller and a microphone? Here are 5 things to know about PewDiePie.
Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, 26, is one of the biggest names in the world – really! The YouTube star has gained a legion of fans under the name PewDiePie. If you haven’t heard about the gamer that’s conquering the world, one video at a time, get to know the man called PewDiePie.
1. He’s one of Sweden’s favorite sons.
It’s quite obvious from his accent that PewDiePie is not from the Deep South. Felix was born in Gothenburg, Sweden, and this Scandinavian sensation began his career on YouTube in 2010. While attending Chalmers University, Felix registered the username “PewDiePie” to upload vlogs and “Let’s Play” videos (vids of people playing games, often adding their own commentary.) Thus, a legend was born.
2. PewDiePie, just like Kanye West, is a college dropout.
PewDiePie’s parents are high-powered corporate executives, according to the Washington Post, and they weren’t exactly thrilled when their son told them he wanted to drop out of school to play video games. When it came to studying industrial engineering or making YouTube videos, PewdiePie’s pick was easy.
3. His earlier career was fueled by hot dogs.
To support himself, PewDiePie worked in fast food, selling hot dogs. ‘Thinking about it now, it was utterly absurd. To get into Chalmers for industrial economics you need straight A’s,” PewDiePie said, according to the Daily Mail, “but somehow I was happier selling hot dogs and making my own gaming-videos.” Thankfully, he wouldn’t have to sling mustard for long.
4. He has millions of subscribers and billions of views.
PewDiePie’s hilarious reactions to horror and action video games quickly found an audience. He reached his first 1 million subscribers in July 2012, and by Dec. 2015, that number had reached 40 million. He even eclipsed Rihanna, 28, to have the most viewed YouTube channel of all time, racking up over 10 billion video views, according to Tube Filter. Sadly, Bella Thorne, 17, wasn’t one of his fans as she totally made fun of his name at the 2015 Teen Choice Awards.
5. He has a happy life full of pugs and Internet romance.
In 2014, PewDiePie appeared in two episodes of South Park, and in 2015, he was a guest on an episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. He even has his own video game, PewDiePie: Legend of the Brofist. Despite this fame, he’s known to live a reserved life with his girlfriend, fellow vlogger Marzia Bisognin, 23, according to TV Guide, along with their pugs, Edgar and Maya.
Are you a fan of PewDiePie, HollywoodLifers? Which one of his videos is your favorite?