DAN Middleton was just a normal bloke who worked in Tesco before his YouTube channel kicked off.
Here’s all you need to know about the online gamer who’s topped Forbes’ list as highest-earning YouTuber of 2017.
YouTube 3 Dan’s channel has more than 16million subscribers, who watch him play computer games
Who is Dan Middleton?
Dan Middleton was born on November 8, 1991.
The 26-year-old went to Nottingham University and worked in Tesco before setting up his YouTube channel DanTDM.
The channel DanTDM (formerly The Diamond Minecraft) has an audience that mainly consists of 5-10 year olds.
Since it was set up five years ago the channel – which focuses on the game Minecraft – has grown to more than 16.8million followers.
Dan’s videos have been watched more than 10billion times.
Dan married his girlfriend Jemma – who apparently also enjoys a bit of Minecraft – on 17 March 2013.
3 In January 2017 the vlogger was criticised by London Fire Brigade for torching pink penguin in one of his videos
What’s Dan Middleton’s net worth?
It was reported on December 8, 2017 that DanTDM had become world’s richest YouTube star earning £12m for playing computer games thanks to his popularity online playing games and giving his viewers tips.
But the young man’s staggering success left him taken by surprise, with Dan previously having revealed: “It’s something I was just not prepared for at all.
“It’s something I’ve slowly been learning about in the past three or four years.
“In the past five years YouTube has evolved. Being a YouTuber was not a thing before.”
He has earned popularity around the world, with his live tour most recently including a stopover at the Sydney Opera House in Australia – with the show the second-fastest show in the venue’s history.
YouTubers can generally make about £1.10 for every 1,000 views.
Splash News 3 Dan Middleton was named by Forbes as the richest YouTuber
Why did the Fire Brigade slam DanTDM?
In January 2017 the London Fire Brigade condemned DanTDM for an “incredibly dangerous” stunt in which he set fire to a children’s toy with a blowtorch.
Firefighters are not happy with an eight-minute clip which notched up more than 5.2million views since it was published on January 14.
In it, the award-winning YouTuber could be seen setting fire to a pink toy penguin with a mini-blowtorch.
The 25-year-old told viewers: “Today I want to try something a little bit crazy. I’m going to give (the toy) a haircut … I’m going to give him a haircut with fire.”
“I just wanna set him on fire, so will you just give me this please?”
Dan’s segment also included shots of him exploring different blowtorch clips online and offering excited commentary.