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PewDiePie is the most successful gamer on YouTube. Millions of people watch videos of him playing on his computer every single day. Born in Gothenberg, Sweden, his real name is Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg. He's got more subscribers to his YouTube channel than the entire population of Germany and was named one of "The World's 100 Most Influential People" by Time magazine. But how much money does PewDiePie actually make from YouTube?
Recently, PewDiePie took to Instagram to pose nude in the sea which sent his 17.5 million followers into a frenzy. He looked more like a Bond girl than a computer game streamer, maybe that's why he's almost hit 2 million likes in just 24 hours. Plenty of his followers took to the social media platform to pay him compliments, comparing him to the little mermaid, others weren't quite so thrilled with NuDiePie.
When Googling himself on a live video he read from a website claiming that he earns $3,400 (£2,600) per hour, saying: "I don't know exactly how much I make per day but it doesn't seem too far off which is pretty crazy when you think about it.
"Money is such an interesting topic for me because I obviously didn't start YouTube to make money. A sad thing I've learned is how much people value money in a way or at least the idea of money.
"People look at money as something undoubtedly good, it couldn't possibly be something negative to have money. You look at people who win the lottery and then having money fundamentally changes their whole life. Not just how they view life but how other people view them.
"That's a change in particular that I really want to protect and that's the reason why, in a way, I try to live 'modestly'. Obviously, I don't but in considering how much I make I try to live modestly because I want to just live a normal life, I don't want the money to change my life. It's great to have put it can also become a problem." My thoughts go out to PewDiePie.
We decided to our own calculations and worked out that:
That's not bad considering he's only 29 years old and doesn't include what he makes aside from YouTube such as book sales.
PewDiePie broke the 97 million mark on July 3 and is steadily making his way to 98 million, which means that 100 million should only be a few days away.
When his channel started, he focused on doing 'Let's Play' videos consisting of him giving a running commentary over games that he was playing at the time. His success has meant that he now covers a variety of topics, usually reacting to things that are trending. Every video falls into the 'quirky' and 'enthusiastic' category.
So, there you have it. Next time your parents tell you to get off your computer and play outside, tell her you're working on being a multimillionaire like PewDiePie.
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