In the realm of online entertainment, PewDiePie is a name that has become synonymous with YouTube stardom. He is a Swedish YouTuber known for his YouTube channel Pewdiepie and the comedic formats for his videos and shows.
With a massive following, a unique brand of humor, and a colorful personality, PewDiePie has left an indelible mark on the digital landscape. In this article, we’ll delve into the life and career of PewDiePie, exploring who he is and how he became a global phenomenon.
Who Is PewDiePie?
Born Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg on October 24, 1989, in Gothenburg, Sweden, PewDiePie has risen to become one of the most prominent and influential YouTubers in the world.
He was the son of Lotta Kristine Johanna (born 1958) and Ulf Christian Kjellberg (born 1957) and grew up alongside his older sister, Fanny. His mother was named Sweden’s CIO of the Year in 2010. She used to be the chief information officer (CIO). His father is a company manager.
During his senior year of high school, he bought a computer with the proceeds from selling his artwork at his grandmother’s gallery. Kjellberg later pursued a degree in industrial economics and technology management at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, but he left the university in 2011.
While it has been reported that Kjellberg left Chalmers to focus on his YouTube career, he was really dissatisfied with his degree program, as he stated in 2017. He stated that dropping out of school to pursue a YouTube career would be foolish.
How Did PewDiePie Rise to Fame?
PewDiePie’s journey to internet stardom began in 2010 when he launched his YouTube channel under the pseudonym PewDiePie. On April 29, 2010, Felix Kjellberg launched his YouTube channel with a Minecraft-playing video showcasing a zombie that had emerged in Minecraft.
He began releasing playthroughs of ‘Call Of Duty: Black Ops,’ ‘Amnesia: The Dark Descent,’ and ‘Dead Space 2’ after a few months of this video. PewDiePie was known for enjoying horror and action video games in his early days. His popularity skyrocketed in 2011. In October 2011, he launched the ‘Fuck Yeah PewDiePie’ blog for his video admirers. OpenSlate ranked the ‘PewDiePie’ channel as the number one channel on YouTube in October 2012.
Because of his popularity, Kjellberg has appeared as a guest star in ‘South Park’ episodes. On December 3rd, 2014, an episode of the animated series “South Park” named ‘#REHASH’ aired. It included PewDiePie’s original footage. That is not the end of the story.
Kjellberg’s book was also published in December of 2015. ‘This Book Loves You’ is a collection of graphic satires of inspiring phrases. Only Felix would quote, “Don’t be yourself; be a pizza; everyone loves pizza.” This book topped the New York Adults paperback bestseller list.
PewDiePie As a Philanthropist
Aside from them, he is highly renowned for his social efforts. He entered the King of the Web contest, a social media competition, in February 2012. The winners of this competition receive cash or items. He was crowned ‘Gaming King of the Web’ after receiving over a million votes. He donated the entire amount of his monetary prize to the ‘World Wildlife Foundation’ after receiving it.
Since then, he has made numerous charitable contributions. He subsequently donated more than $34,000 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital using the income he got as a YouTube partner. He even encouraged his admirers to participate in charitable activities.
He produced a video requesting his fans to give to Charity: Water after getting over 10 lakh members for his channel. This organization was founded with the goal of providing clean water to poor countries. Their initial objective was to raise $250,000, but the Bro Army ended up raising more than $400,000 by the end of the drive.
Is PewDiePie Married and Does He Have Any Children?
PewDiePie stated in August 2019 that he married long-term partner Marzia Bisognin in a beautiful ceremony in London.
“Yesterday, the 19th of August – after exactly 8 years since we met – we celebrated our wedding with our closest friends and family,” his wife wrote on Instagram.
“It was the most beautiful day, one I will remember for the rest of my life.” I am grateful to everyone who took the time to attend the celebration and help us celebrate our marriage.
“I feel like I’m the luckiest person alive, and I’m overflowing with love.” I’m overjoyed to be able to call Felix my husband for the rest of our lives.”
After meeting via email, the happy pair began dating in 2011.
In July 2023, they announced the birth of their first child, a son named Björn.