When YouTube first began in 2005, no one imagined that it would become as popular as it currently is. Today, it hosts some of the most popular videos in the world. In addition, it has also led to the rise of many unexpected celebrities from various parts of the world. These are people who post all types of videos, even unconventional ones. Here, we look at 5 of the top YouTube vloggers and what has thrust them into fame. The list consists of individuals other than the mainstream celebrities or public figures.
This is a channel founded by Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, a video producer and comedian based in Brighton, England. PewDiePie, as he is best known online, started blogging in 2010, while still taking a degree at the Chalmers University of Technology.
Later, however, he decided to drop out of college after failing to get an apprenticeship with a Scandinavian advertising agency. Much to the surprise of his family, he decided to focus fully on creating YouTube content. His efforts clearly paid off since by June 2017, his videos had garnered a total of 15 billion views, the highest YouTube views of all time. Today, he is the most subscribed user on YouTube.
This is a channel run by German Garmendia, a Chilean YouTuber. Although he has another YouTube Channel, JuegaGerman, HolaSoyGerman is the one he is best known for. It is also the second most watched YouTube channel after PewDiePie.
Since the videos are in Spanish, he is the most subscribed Spanish-Speaking Youtuber. His two channels have also given him the rare opportunity of achieving 10 million subscribers on both. This earned him two Diamond Play Button from YouTube. As of February 2017, HolaSoyGerman has over 31 million subscribers.
This is a YouTube channel run by Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox. The videos made by the duo focus on comic parody of video games and pop culture. Although their venture started by creating a website called Smosh.com in 2002, it is the YouTube videos that have gained them the most fame.
By June 2017, their videos on Smosh channel had garnered 6.5 billion views and had 22.7 million subscribers. On three different occasions, their channel has been the most subscribed channel on YouTube.
Jenna Mourey, best known by her YouTube pseudonym Jenna Marbles, is a well-known YouTube star. She sprang to fame in 2010 after she posted the video, ‘How to Trick People into Thinking That You’re Good Looking’. Within a week, the video viewership rose to 5.3 million views.
Another video that also gained her popularity was, ‘How to Avoid Talking to People You Don’t Want to Talk To’. In total, her videos have been viewed 2 billion times. Her channel has 17 million subscribers.
Ryan Higa, who is best known for his YouTube username nigahiga earned the top position of YouTube’s most viewed subscriber in the years 2009-2011 for 677 days. His videos are mainly comedy based and they have received a total of 3 billion views. As of June, his channel has gained a total of 19 million subscriptions.