PewDiePie, for those who don’t know, is one of the world’s most popular YouTubers and his unique style, which I like to describe as a grown man with his genitals stuck in a blender, shows no sign of losing popularity or steam.
PewDiePie has over 39 million subscribers and no the record he broke this weekend wasn’t hitting the magical 40 million mark but something even more mindblowing.
Over the weekend the total views on his YouTube account smashed through the 10 billion mark, that’s 10 with 9 zeroes after it (Pay attention, Geoff). In fact it appears to have broken the YouTube counter as his views have been stuck on 10 010 323 310 since at least last night at 7pm.
This wouldn’t be the first time a popular video or person has broken the YouTube counters with the addictively annoying Gangnam Style by Psy breaking the single view counter late last year when it hit 2 147 480 647 views.
Taking a quick look at PewDiePie’s average view count is enough to depress any up-and-coming YouTuber with his average videos raking in over 3 million impressions each.
Now YouTube earnings are a closely guarded secret as everyone earns different amounts depending on what advertising they can draw, but a quick Google search sticks the average earning at between $5 and $7.50 for 1000 video views.
So if PewDiePie averages 3 million impressions per video he is taking home at least between $15 000 and $22 500 per video. If I earned that much screaming at my children for 5 minutes I’d be a much happier person. To make you even more depressed, I did a quick calculation how much he’s earned over the 10 billion hits:
$75 000 000
And then keep in mind he probably also makes a lot more money from external sponsorships, merchandise sales, sponsored videos and appearance fees. So that 75 million dollars is the bare minimum that he has made over the last 5 years since he opened his account.
I’m going to go weep into my cornflakes now.
Last Updated: September 7, 2015