PewDiePie is the alias of Swedish YouTube giant Felix Kjellberg (pictured)
PewDiePie is the alias of Swedish YouTube giant Felix Kjellberg.
The 30-year-old internet sensation is a controversial character who has the most subscribed to channel on the video watching site.
He has a staggering 102,000,000 subscribers on YouTube – that’s more people than the UK has citizens.
Both of his parents, Johanna and Ulf Kjellberg, are successful Chief Executives of their respective companies in Sweden.
And having been schooled at Goteborgs Hogre Samskola, located in one of the city’s most prosperous areas, he could have been destined for a corporate life too.
Fortunately for his millions of fans, Kjelberg’s ambitions weren’t in line with his classmates’ at Chalmers.
PewDiePie, 30, has previously earned blacklash for including racist and antisemitic messages in his videos.
In July 2018, he posted an insensitive meme related to the 25-year-old Demi Lovato following her overdose and alleged heroin use.
The YouTuber, who is from Gothenburg, Sweden and resides in Brighton, shared a meme that originally shows a nondescript character asking their mother for money.
The character pretends the money will be used to buy a burger but then uses the money to purchase heroin ‘like a boss’.
PewDiePie eventually deleted his tweet.
Back in February 2017, Disney cut ties with the YouTuber after he featured a man holding a ‘Death to all Jews’ sign in one of his videos.
‘I’m sorry, I didn’t think they would actually do it,’ PewDiePie told his viewers in a clip. ‘I feel partially responsible. It might just be my crude sense of humor, but I think there’s something funny about that.’
Seven months later, in September 2017, Felix was caught shouting the N-word during a live stream of himself playing the multiplayer online shooting game Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds.
2019 saw a resurgence in popularity for PewDiePie, despite losing his crown as the most subscribed channel to Bollywood sensation T-Series following six years at the top before reclaiming the top spot, and later losing it again.
But he still accumulated four billion views in 2019 as well as gaining 22 million subscribers and making the second most-liked video on the site – his wedding video which totalled 4.7 million likes.
All this gave him the title of the most-watched and subscribed YouTuber of 2019, according to Youtube’s Rewind.