Who is Ray William Johnson?
American YouTuber and social media star Ray William Johnson, was born under the zodiac sign Leo on 14 August 1981, in Oklahoma City, USA. He’s only known for his career on the internet, but especially for his self-titled YouTube channel which is today subscribed to by over 16 million people, while all of Ray’s 2,000 videos combined have amassed nearly 12 billion likes. He created the channel back on 26 May 2008 and most of his content features him reacting to the funny videos which he’s found on the internet, pranking his friends and telling jokes; Ray’s nowadays mostly into posting short videos, which have become his most popular ones, with most featuring him reviewing movies, TV series and various things he’s found on the internet.
He’s also quite popular for his discontinued commentary video series “Equals Three”.
Education and early life
Ray was raised alongside his brother in Oklahoma City solely by their mother, as their father abandoned the family not long after Ray turned one; he’s revealed that his father was an abusive drug addict, so Ray’s maternal grandparents helped raise him and his brother.
He was still attending a local elementary school when he became interested in drawing comics, and was 13 when he moved in with his father, but soon learned that his father was physically abusive towards his girlfriend, and Ray’s half-sister, which led him to move back in with his mother.
Ray went on to attend Norman North High School in Oklahoma, and began writing scripts by hand as he wasn’t able to afford a computer; when he was 17, his father forged his signature and stole all of his savings. Ray matriculated in 1998, and then enrolled at Columbia University’s School of General Studies on a partial scholarship; he initially studied history but had a plan to switch to law, however, Ray’s career on the internet took-off, and he thus chose to drop out.
Most viewed YouTube videos
Ray’s today mostly popular on YouTube for his commentary videos, although his fans also like him for the videos which feature him sharing various news with his fans, telling jokes and spending time with his friends. We’ll be covering Ray’s three most viewed videos as these have contributed to his popularity.
His #1 video “This Show is Better Than the Entire MCU… #shorts” has been watched over 64 million times since 13 November 2022, and has amassed over 3.4 million likes; it features Ray comparing Marvel Cinematic Universe to Indian movies.
Ray’s second most popular video “Is this DJ a fraud? #shorts” has been viewed over 63 million times since 29 January 2023, and has amassed nearly three million likes; it features Ray reviewing a video of a DJ that is only pretending to be pressing various buttons.
His #3 video “Social Media is Fake #shorts” has been watched over 62 million times since 26 June 2022, and has amassed over four million likes; it covers a girl who’s followed by over 1.2 million people on Instagram, and has organized a ‘meet and greet’ but no one has showed up.
Ray’s active on various social media networks and his Instagram account’s today followed by over 1.1 million people, while he’s posted nearly 2,500 pictures and videos; most of his content features him during his everyday life, whether he’s creating his YouTube videos, spending time with his wife or travelling around the US.
Over a million people are following Ray on Twitter, even though he’s tweeted only 29 times since the launch of his account in June 2008; he’s revealed in his bio section that he used to hire someone to maintain his Twitter account, so not even these 29 tweets are his own.
Close to eight million people are following Ray on Facebook today, and all of his posts combined have amassed close to seven million likes; he tends to update the account every day, mostly the same short videos that can be found on his YouTube channel.
Ray’s followed by over 8.4 million people on TikTok, and has amassed more than 250 million likes of all his videos combined; most of these are comedy content, featuring him reacting to funny videos which he’s found on the internet, telling jokes and reviewing various items.
Love life and wife
Ray prefers to keep his love life away from media, but it’s widely known that he’s today engaged to Kelly Farrell, an American life and mindset coach who’s recently founded her own company Soul Goal Academy.
Ray and Kelly met in 2016, and he’s since featured her in many of his YouTube videos; the two became engaged in May 2022, and it’s widely believed that they’ll be exchanging vows in 2024. Ray’s recently made a talk-show appearance, and has revealed that he and Kelly aren’t planning to have children.
There are no other women whom Ray’s perhaps been with, that we know about; he’s engaged to Kelly Farrell as of November 2023, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.
Interesting facts and hobbies
Ray’s a co-owner of the YouTube channel “Your Favorite Martian”, which was launched back on 30 November 2006 and is today subscribed to by over 3.5 million people, while all its 134 videos combined have been watched over 900 million times; they mostly upload comedic animated music videos.
Ray goes the gym multiple times every week, as he enjoys being physically active and staying in shape.
He’s been all around the world to attend various internet-related events, and travelling’s become one of his favorite hobbies; Ray’s favorite city to travel to is London, England.
Gary Oldman’s one of his favorite actors, and some of his favorite movies are “Darkest Hour”, “The Fifth Element” and “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”.
Age, height and net worth
Ray’s age is 42. He has brown eyes and black hair, weighs around 160lbs (73kgs) and is 5ft 6ins (1.68m) tall.
Ray’s net worth’s been estimated at over $10 million, as of November 2023.