Olajide Olayinka Williams Olatunji better known as KSI is an English YouTuber, musician, rapper and boxer. In 2019 he was ranked 2nd by the Sunday Times in its list of top 100 UK influencers. KSI Net Worth is $20 million.
KSI was born on 19 June 1993. His father is from Ibadan and his mother is from Islington, London. He was educated at Berkhamsted School in Berkhamsted, where he met his future collaborator and member of sidemen Simon Minter.
KSI registered his first youtube channel under the name ‘Jide Junior’ in 2008 while he was an early teenager. He registered his current youtube account on 24 July 2009 under the name KSIOlajideBT. He uploaded gaming commentary videos of the FIFA video game series. He was dropped out of college to pursue his youtube career. In 2012 the channel reached a million subscribers. But he was also heavily criticized over a controversy of sexual harassment of female staff at a Euro-gamer event in 2012.
By 2013, he had three million subscribers, and this led to the creation of sidemen. Sidemen is the collective group of seven British you tubers. As a group they make an estimated $12500 by selling their own merchandise as well as from their monetized views.
In 2015, Forbes estimated that KSI has around $4.5 million net worth making him one of the highest-paid youtube stars of the year. With some of his videos earning as much as $250000 from advertising, he would have been doing far better today in terms of wealth collection.
KSI net worth:
KSI wealth is estimated to be $20 million as of October 2020.
Creation of Sidemen group:
Since 19 October 2013 KSI has been a part of a British YouTube group known as the Sidemen. The group produces online videos, consisting of challenges, sketches and video game commentary. In 2015 KSI published a biography title KSI: I am a Bellend. In 2016, KSI and sidemen published Sidemen: The book, which sold 26,436 copies within three days and topped the charts.
After his rifts with Joe Weller, KSI announced an amateur boxing match with Joe Weller to settle the feud. The match was held at Copper Box Arena on3 February 2018. The fight was won by KSI. On YouTube, the fight drew 1.6 million live viewers, 21 million views within a day and 25 million over the next few days.
Fight with Logan Paul:
On 24 February 2018, it was announced that KSI would be fighting with American you tuber Logan Paul. The fight ended as a majority draw. It was described as the biggest white-collar boxing match in history by The Independent
About a year later KSI and Logan Paul had a rematch which also ended in a draw. According to The Mirror, the two you tubers earned $900000 payback each from their rematch.
In 2015 KSI released his firs single on youtube. His songs were among the top charts but in 2019 he gained real fame and got onto top 20. his album Dissimulation did very well as two of the singles got up to top 10 positions on the charts.
In 2016, KSI had featured in a starring role in the direct to video comedy Laid in America. There is no clear estimate of his earnings from the film but it supposedly did well as KSI promoted it heavily on youtube. Two years later a documentary was filmed on his preparations for the fight with Joe Weller and it was known as KSI: can’t lose. this documentary arouses the interest of the public in the fight.
KSI owns 12 properties around the UK with a combined value of over $12.5 million. He also receives endorsements from several companies, some of which provide as much as $90000 for appearances in his social media channels.
Powerful KSI Quotes
“I did it for eight years and there were highs and lows.” – KSI
“I wasn’t really into school that much. I was in this building having to cram knowledge I didn’t really care for. But on YouTube, I was able to create what I wanted and post it for people to watch.” – KSI
“It’s pretty cool I’m known for FIFA. If you think of KSI, people instantly think, ‘Ah, that FIFA YouTuber.’ I didn’t think I would be up there as the ambassador of FIFA on YouTube, but I’ll take it.” – KSI
“When I was, like, 16 or 17, I was just finding out about this YouTube thing. Then I saved a bit and asked my parents for some help to get the recording software and equipment.” – KSI
“I am trying to make sure that I don’t spend on ridiculous things, so that after all this YouTube thing goes, I’m not left there, like, ‘Uh oh, I have nothing.” – KSI
“I was excited by YouTube again and ready to start a music career.” – KSI
“If you’re having problems with someone on the Internet, simply block the person and move on. And if you do want to meet people from online, make sure you do your research to make sure you’re talking to the person you want to be talking to.” – KSI
“Essentially, I’m a 21-year-old who’s a millionaire through gaming, vlogging, and my online experience. Yo, I’ll take it!” – KSI
“I kept on telling my parents school wasn’t for me. And they were like, ‘No you need to go university.’” – KSI
“I’m now a brand. Like, KSI is a brand. It’s crazy that it all came from me sitting in my bedroom just making a few FIFA videos.” – KSI
“The best decision I ever made was to drop out of school.” – KSI
“A lot of people think YouTube is quite easy when it just isn’t. I’ve been doing YouTube for six years now, and I’d say the hardest years were definitely the first three or four. You have to constantly put out content that is good just to make people come back to your channel, and I work every single day just to try and expand my brand.” – KSI
“I had no clue on what I wanted to do when I was younger, so I was pretty lucky with this YouTube thing.” – KSI
“I’m a really nice guy when you meet me, and that surprises a lot of people. I’m not that eccentric in real life – and certainly not that disrespectful. In my own time, I like to just chill out with friends and not get in people’s faces.” – KSI
“School taught me how to do a 9-5 job rather than be a person who wants to start a business.” – KSI
“A lot of people think being at the top means you have to be the best at a certain game. You don’t. It’s more about personality.” – KSI