One of the earliest stars of Youtube, Ray William Johnson, has been described as a jack of all trade. Ray is an accomplished comedian, a versatile producer & director, a notable scriptwriter, and a remarkable actor. The internet sensation took his first shot at fame in 2009 when he launched Equals Three on his YouTube Channel; his channel went on to garner more than 10.4 million subscribers with over 3 billion views. This astounding figure made it one of the most popular channels on YouTube.
Since then, Ray William Johnson has tried his hands at a few related fields, going on to succeed in most of them. For instance, he has a web series known as Riley Rewind; he is also part of ‘Your Favorite Martian’ which is a collaborative YouTube channel. As an actor, he has appeared in several documentaries, web series and has participated in a few commercials. Notable among his commercials is the one he did for DiGiorno pizza. Ray William Johnson also made his live-action acting debut in Who is Driving Doug?
Who Is Ray William Johnson?
Very little is known about his family background but Ray William Johnson was born on the 14th of August 1981 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Youtube star is of English, Scottish, and German descent. No information is available on the identity of his parents but it is a known fact that his family is a middle-class family and his mother earns a living as a nurse. Ray grew up in Oklahoma City alongside his younger brother; the two are said to be very close.
Ray William Johnson received his early education at Norman North High School, graduating in 1999. He then proceeded to Columbia University where he bagged a degree in History with the intention of going back for a law degree, which he never did once his career took off. His career as an internet personality began during his college years when he started uploading videos on YouTube. The early videos he posted initially gathered a following of about 30 people.
His Net Worth
Being one of the earliest famous YouTubers, it is not surprising Ray William Johnson has been able to amass an impressive net worth. His current net worth is estimated to be $8 million. This is as a result of his Youtube career, film and television career, and several brand endorsements.
Does He Have a Girlfriend?
The social media personality is currently single and has been for quite a while. However, this does not mean that he has not been involved in romantic relationships in the past. Ray William Johnson was previously in a relationship with Youtuber and actress – Anna Akana between 2011 and 2012. According to Ray, Anna was the first lady to show interest in him in a long while and as a result, his response to her was very enthusiastic. However, their relationship did not last very long and the two split.
Shortly after, Ray William Johnson was rumored to be dating former Vlogger and model – Tessa Violet, popularly known as Mika Kitty. However, this relationship was never confirmed or denied by either party.
Currently, Ray is dating Kelly Farrell; the two began dating in 2016 and have been together till date.
Ray William Johnson stands at an average height of 5 feet 6 inches. His body weight is listed as 79.4 kg. Other physical features include black hair and dark brown eyes. However, other details of his general body statistics are not public knowledge.
What Happened to Him?
In 2013, Ray William Johnson announced that he was stepping down as the host of Equals Three. He brought a new host, Robby Motz, to take over the show but since then, he has dropped off the radar. As a result, interest in his popular channel started declining. The new host’s eventual exit from the show made it even worse, as it brought about a drastic decline. The arrival of the next series of hosts, Kaja Martin and then Carlos Santos, did not impress fans who were unhappy with the repeated changes. This led to negative comments as well as the massive number of dislikes. Since May 2016, Equals Three has been inactive.
On his own part, Ray William Johnson went behind the camera to produce several shows for his channels, opting to stay away from the public eye; he also tried his hand at acting during this time.