KSI vs Logan Paul 2: Who are the YouTube stars? Why are they famous? What is their net worth?

9 Nov

This weekend will see the YouTube boxing rematch between two of social media’s biggest stars – KSI and Logan Paul.

The two YouTube sensations will settle their long-running feud at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday in one of the most talked about events in recent years.

But just who are the two men at the middle of it all? talkSPORT has all the info you need ahead of the big fight.

KSI and Logan Paul will meet in the ring on Saturday night
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Who is KSI?

KSI was born 19 June 1993 and is an English YouTube personality, rapper, comedian and actor.

The 26-year-old’s real name is Olajide Williams ‘JJ’ Olatunji.

He attended Berkhamsted School alongside future Sideman member and YouTube collaborator Simon Minter, better known as Miniminter.

KSI, which stands for knowledge, strength, integrity, first arrived on the YouTube scene in 2009, originally posting videos about computer games such as FIFA.

Since then, his channel has reached over five billion video views with over 20 million subscribers. He also earned an NME Award for Vlogger of the Year in 2016.

In addition to his YouTube career, the 26-year-old has released two EPs as a rapper, which have both topped the UK R&B Albums Chart.

KSI is believed to have a net worth of around £7.5million.

In 2015, he was ranked as the UK’s most influential YouTube creator, with his brother Deji, otherwise known by his handle Comedy Shorts Gamer, ranking second.

In 2016, he made his feature film debut in the comedy Laid in America alongside fellow YouTube star Casper Lee.

KSI has over 20 million YouTube subscribers and 4 billion video views

He was also a founding member of the online group The Sidemen, which are the product of seven British YouTubers. In 2018, they launched their own premium web TV series.

However, he was the centre of controversy in 2012 after a Eurogamer event due to supposed sexual harassment of attendees.

Microsoft cut ties with him and he was banned for life from the expo. He addressed the controversy in his 2015 autobiography, entitled KSI: I Am A B*****d.


Who is Logan Paul?

Logan is an American vlogger and actor from LA, who became known for his six-second clips on video streaming service Vine.

Since finding social media fame, the 24-year-old has appeared in Law & Order and YouTube Red film The Thinning, as well as adverts for brands like Hanes and HBO.

He was born in Westlake, Ohio, on April 1, 1995 and is the older brother of fellow vlogger Jake Paul.

The 6ft1 star has almost 20 million subscribers on his YouTube channel, amassing 4.7billion views.

It is believed that Logan earns around £110,000 per Facebook post, £59,000 for sponsored Instagram posts and has a net worth of around £9million.

Logan’s videos have proven to be hugely popular despite their controversial content.

He was at risk of losing a number of lucrative contracts with big brands including Disney, Pepsi and HBO in the wake of the ‘suicide forest video’ scandal.

Logan faced a huge backlash when he posted a video of a man who had apparently committed suicide in Japan’s Aokigahara forest on New Year’s Eve.

Logan Paul says he feels like a boxer
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He was in the country’s so-called ‘suicide forest’, at the base of Mount Fuji, and could be heard yelling “yo, are you alive?” at the dead man during a 15-minute clip.

Logan eventually deleted the video, and issued an apology on Twitter around 24 hours after the clip went live.

The US YouTube star has marked his return to the platform by posting a video about suicide awareness.

Several other of Logan’s videos have caused offence including him tasering rats and holding a casting call for a ‘real albino woman’ to star in a comedy video.

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