YouTube’s biggest star just wants to talk about his love for making videos. Others want to talk about his money.
Felix Kjellberg, better known by his online moniker PewDiePie, made headlines earlier this month when it was reported the Swedish 25-year-old raked in about $7.4 million in 2014. The number is hardly surprising, considering Kjellberg manages an account with more than 37 million subscribers and 9 billion views. Even so, the gamer had some things to say to those upset by the figure.
“I feel like it’s not important to anyone,” he said about his personal finances. “I just want to make entertaining videos. Don’t get me wrong though; I don’t hate money. I’m not going to pretend like it doesn’t matter to me. It matters to everyone.”
Kjellberg explains in the video that during college, he had student loans and couldn’t even afford a computer to record game play on. He quit before finishing, sold some artwork to get started and began selling hot dogs while forging his career as PewDiePie.
“I was the happiest I was at that time (selling hot dogs) because I was finally, for the first time in many many years, doing what I wanted to do,” Kjellberg said.
PewDiePie has used his following for good, helping to raise money for Save the Children.
“I really think that money doesn’t make you happy. I am just as happy as I am now as I was five years ago.”