What does KSI stand for, what is his real name and is he one of the sidemen? | The Sun

KSI is a popular YouTuber, rapper, boxer and businessman from the United Kingdom.

After registering his YouTube channel in the early 2000s, he shot to fame, with vlogs and comedy videos.

What does KSI stand for?

KSI stands for Knowledge, Strength, and Integrity.

He told Sports Bible: "KSI came from a Halo clan, so this Halo clan called ‘KSI.

"I, as a kid, really wanted to join the clan, so my name was just Olajidebt on the Xbox 360."

The YouTube star has over 40 million subscribers across his various channels.

He launched his channel in 2009, quickly growing his platform to over 24 million subscribers.

His early videos were of him playing FIFA and other football-related content.

He then branched out to include comedy videos in his content, further increasing his popularity.

KSI has the nickname tattooed across his arms and chest and videoed the moment for his channel.

What is KSI's real name?

KSI was born Olajide Olayinka Williams Olatunji and was affectionately known as JJ.

Professionally he is known as KSI.

Why is KSI also called JJ

Often in Nigerian culture, children are given the same name as a parent or grandparent.

For KSI, he shares his name Olajide Olatunji with his father who is called Jide Olatunji.

His nickname JJ stands for Jide Junior.

What is The Sidemen?

The Sidemen – originally the Ultimate Sidemen – are a group of seven British YouTubers who are in a friendship group.

The group create content together and share it with their millions of subscribers.

The name refers to those who are behind the scenes – original member Simon started as a "sideman" to JJ (now known as KSI) by helping him record his videos.

Some members still live together in the "Sidemen House", however, most now live on their own or with partners.

The members are:

  • Olajide "JJ" Olatunji – known online as KSI (2013–present)
  • Simon Minter – known online as Miniminter (2013–present)
  • Joshua Bradley – known online as Zerkaa (2013–present)
  • Tobit "Tobi" Brown – known online as Tobjizzle or TBJZL (2013–present)
  • Ethan Payne – known online as Behzinga (2013–present)
  • Vikram "Vik" Barn – known online as Vikkstar123 (2013–present)
  • Harry Lewis – known online as Wroetoshaw or W2S (2014–present)

What is KSI's net worth?

According to reports, KSI's net worth is around $27 million.

He gained his fortune through YouTube, sponsorships, his boxing career and various business ventures.

As well as his YouTube success, the influencer is the CEO of Misfits Boxing and the co-owner of Prime Hydration.

Who is the founder of the Sidemen?

The Ultimate Sidemen began in October 2013 as a Rockstar Games Social Club group in Grand Theft Auto Online.

The group included all the original members except for Lewis – known as Wroetoshaw.

In January 2014, Bradley met Lewis at a FIFA gaming event in New York City and he invited him to join the Sidemen.

In a video, Minter explained the meaning of the group name: "A sideman is basically someone's bitch who just follows them around.

"I was basically JJ's b***h that followed him around."

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