YouTube Star PewDiePie Grossed $4 Million in 2013

YouTube Star PewDiePie Grossed $4 Million
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Swedish gamer, whose YouTube channel has 27.7 million subscribers, is managed by Disney's Maker Studios

PewDiePie, the YouTube megastar whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, generated $4 million in advertising revenue last year from videos on the Google service mainly showing himself playing videogames.

The obscenity-prone 24-year-old Swedish native has more than 27.7 million subscribers on YouTube, making him the site’s most-subscribed independent channel, and has notched more than 4.7 billion views to date. Most of the $4 million in ad revenue on his channel is pure profit, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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The YouTube channel of PewDiePie, who calls himself “Pewds” and refers to fans as “bros,” is managed by Maker Studios. Maker is the multichannel network Disney acquired this spring in a deal worth upwards of $950 million. He makes the videos from a London flat, according to the WSJ report.

However, exactly how effectively Disney will be able to tap into YouTube creators like PewDiePie remains to be seen.

Maker plans to work with all of Disney’s brands, including Lucasiflm, Pixar, Marvel, ESPN, ABC and Disney itself, Maker Studios exec chairman Ynon Kreiz said at the company’s Digital Content NewFronts event last month New York. The combined Internet reach of Disney and Maker Studios will be behind only Google and Facebook, according to Kreiz.

Disney was expected to lay off about 10% of Maker’s 380 employees this month, Variety reported.

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  1. Akuma says:

    He delivers most to charity and to help other people and to help everyone out there stupid Humans

  2. Farty says:

    Make me sick. And I’ve only seen his videos about 3-4 times & he’s really an unfunny, no talent square head…

  3. Dan says:

    Nice to see nothing about the $1 million he just raised for charity, but then that would get in the way

    • Luke says:

      Those who play video game or such thing are always seems like lazy people. I am not surprise that they did not talk about it.

  4. Chris says:

    What’s his cut? and how much did Youtube – and then Maker – take off the top? His NET is the real story.

    • Jonas says:

      Chris. It is NET. The 4 million is what his company earned after youtube/maker took their cut. He has his own company (pewdie productions ab) in Sweden, publish annual reports and the figures are there for anyone to see. Btw, he’s the only current employee and he pays himself 70 grand a year, saving the rest for a rainy day. Not sure why he’s still incorporated in Sweden though, as he could make the videos from anywhere. He’d save close to 2 million dollars in taxes if he moved to monaco/hong kong/incertlowcorporatetaxcountryhere, but I guess it is more important to live where he and his girlfriend are comfortable.

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