While most of us just get on the internet to have fun and get entertained, a few others are making a whole lot of money off the internet. Ethan Klein is one of those lucky few and he doesn’t just make money off the internet, he has indeed made a name for himself.
Ethan Klein is a popular American YouTube comedian best known for the “h3h3Productions” channel which he produces alongside his wife Hila Klein. Their content consist of comedy and commentary; reaction videos as well as sketch comedy. With over 5 million subscribers and a cumulative 900 million views on his channel, Ethan Klein is unarguably one of the most famous YouTubers of our time.
In addition to the “h3h3Productions” channel, Ethan and his wife Hila Klein created a collaborative channel called ‘Ethan and Hila’ with nearly 2 million subscribers and a third channel called H3 Podcast. Through their Twitch channel, this husband-and-wife duo was able to raise $100,000 to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in the wake of the disaster.
Ethan Edward Klein was born on June 24, 1985, in Ventura, California. He was born into an Ashkenazi Jewish family to Gary and Donna Klein. His paternal grandfather was the late American film and television producer Leonard Katzman. Ethan Klein is of Jewish and American descent, he attended Buena High School, studied English Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in creative writing. He was placed on the Dean’s Honor List when he graduated in 2009. Before the YouTube stardom, Ethan worked as a marketing executive in Israel. He claims those days were the most boring of his life.
Beyond the comedy, “h3h3production” videos usually pass a strong message about social trends and internet personalities. In the end, they don’t just make you laugh, they touch on pretty serious matters. They also analyse and critique videos from other YouTube channels and trending online videos.
One of such critiques landed them in a copyright infringement lawsuit when a fellow YouTuber Matt Hoss, had alleged that the Kleins used a greater fraction of his work without any meaningful contribution to it. The Kleins received tremendous support in the wake of the lawsuit and a GoFundMe page was created to help cater for their enormous legal fees. Fortunately, the Kleins emerged victorious in the legal battle even as the publicity earned them more subscriptions on their channel.
Ethan Klein’s Net Worth
In addition to the comedy that Ethan is known for, his channel also put forth and attempt to bring attention to serious social issues in hope of calling the right attention that may proffer a solution. The videos don’t only crack you up but they touch on internet trends, personalities as well as YouTube policies. The innovative and dynamic nature of his YouTube channel keeps his fans and followers coming back for more.
In addition to standup comedy and live tours, the Kleins also sell merchandise on their h3h3 website. All these and maybe some other sources of income put the net worth of this YouTube star around $2.5 million.
Family and Facts of the Famous Ethan Klein
Ethan is married to Hila Klein (neé Hakmon) and both are internet entertainers. Hila was born in Tel Aviv, Israel and served as a soldier in the Isreal defence forces. The couple met while Ethan was visiting Jerusalem on his Birthright Isreal trip. The couple lived in Israel for a while before moving to the United States.
Hila attended art school and she currently makes and sells her art online. She recently launched her own fashion line Teddy Fresh which features clothing and accessories with a little teddy bear as its logo.
- Ethan is the biological grandson of Leonard Katzman, the late American producer and screenwriter most notable for the primetime soap Dallas.
- He has a mild form of Tourette’s syndrome. This makes his eyebrows to noticeably twitch, something he often addresses in his videos.
- h3h3productions was named “YouTube channel of the year” by Reddit in 2016
- VAPE NATION is the most popular video on the channel. The video has so far garnered over 20 million views.
- The Kleins have a FUPA account for victims of unfair copyright claims. After their high-profile legal battle, the money from the GoFundMe account created to support the Kleins was moved directly to another “Fair Use Protection Account”. The funds are to be used to protect subsequent victims of unfair copyright claims.