Who is David Dobrik?
David Dobrik is an American YouTuber, actor, and prominent internet personality. He got his start as a high schooler on Vine before graduating and moving to Los Angeles, California, to pursue an entertainment career in 2014. The next year, he began uploading vlogs and videos of pranks to YouTube, accruing tens of thousands of subscribers by the end of 2015. As the leader of the so-called Vlog Squad, Dobrik has grown to become one of the most popular content creators on YouTube, with nearly 30 million subscribers across three channels. At over 8 billion views, Dobrik is one of the most-watched YouTubers, attaining a level of fame that has allowed him to branch into acting and hosting work in traditional film and television. Whether on Vine, YouTube, or TV, David Dobrik is one of the most successful creators to get his start on social media.
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Dávid Julián Dobrík was born on July 23, 1996, in Košice, Slovakia. When he was six years old, his family relocated to Vernon Hills, Illinois, where he attended Vernon Hills High School. Dobrik's father, Palo Dobrik, works as a photographer and is a regular presence in his son's videos and social media. Dobrik's mother keeps a relatively low profile compared to her husband, but still makes the occasional appearance in her son's videos.
Dobrik is the oldest of his parents' four children, and the only one to be born outside the United States. His eldest sister, Ester Dobrik, is 15 years old and also an active creator on TikTok. His younger sister, Sarah, is 13 years old, and his younger brother, Toby, is 10 years old. Currently, David Dobrik is the only member of his family who lives in Los Angeles, as the rest of his family lives together in Illinois.
Dobrik dated Liza Koshy, another YouTube star who got her start on Vine, from 2015 through late 2017, when they broke up due to the pressures of public life. In May 2019, Dobrik married Lorraine Nash, the mother of his fellow YouTuber and podcast co-host Jason Nash, later revealing that the wedding (which was real) was done primarily to prank his co-host. In November of that year, Dobrik officially divorced Nash. At the moment, Dobrik is single, although that hasn't prevented his fans from getting excited about every rumored romance.
Dobrik's assistant is Natalie "Natalie Noel" Mariduena, a childhood friend who attended school with Dobrik in Illinois. Though the two are close, Dobrik has made it clear that they are not in a relationship. However, the pair have been living together during the coronavirus pandemic in order to more easily collaborate on videos. They currently reside in Dobrik's 7,800-square-foot Los Angeles mansion, which he purchased for $9.5 million in August 2020. Check out the video below for a tour of Dobrik's current home:
David Dobrik uploaded his first video on Vine, an early bite-sized video platform, in 2013, while he was still a student at Vernon Hills High. At the time, his channel was known as @Crazydavyy.
found an article from when i started my vine account, dreams do come true... kinda hahaha pic.twitter.com/ppqLIPuC76— DAVID DOBRIK (@DavidDobrik) January 6, 2021
It was on Vine that Dobrik met many of his future friends and collaborators, including fellow future YouTubers such as Liza Koshy and Jason Nash. By the time Dobrik graduated from high school in 2014 and attended half a semester of community college, his channel had become successful enough that he decided to move to Los Angeles and make a bid at a Vine career.
In 2014, Dobrik decided to branch out from Vine by joining a YouTube creator group known as "Second Class." In December of that year, he started his first solo channel, simply named David Dobrik. Charmed by Dobrik's dynamic vlogs and semi-scripted comedic sketches, users flocked to the channel, spurring Dobrik to start a back-up channel, David Dobrik Too, for blooper reels and other videos that typically wouldn't be posted on his main channel.
Many of Dobrik's vlogs revolve around a core group of his friends known as the "Vlog Squad." The roster of the Vlog Squad is large and ever-changing, including fellow YouTubers and entertainers such as Jason Nash, Josh Peck, Natalie Nel, and Corinna Kopf.
By December 2018, Dobrik's primary channel had gained more than 10 million subscribers and YouTube awarded him a Diamond Play Button. His fame began to leak into the mainstream, and in 2019, he was profiled in Variety magazine, co-hosted the Teen Choice Awards, and was named Sexiest Heartthrob of 2019 by People magazine. To this day, Dobrik continues to churn out content on YouTube, posting an average of two videos each week.
Alongside his career as a content creator, Dobrik has lent his talents as an actor and host to a number of films and television shows. In 2016, he landed a supporting role in FML, a film starring his frequent collaborator Jason Nash. In 2019, Dobrik appeared as himself in the movie Airplane Mode and lent his voice to the character of Axel in The Angry Birds Movie 2.
Dobrik's first gig as a host was at the 2019 Teen Choice Awards, which he co-hosted with musician Lucy Hale. Later that year, he starred as a judge in America's Most Musical Family and guest-judged for Chopped Junior. In 2020, he continued his work with Nickelodeon, hosting The Stars of SpongeBob Fan Favorites Special, and began starring as host on Discovery Channel's reality television series Dodgeball Thunderdome.
- 2016 - FML - as Taylor Mackey
- 2019 - Airplane Mode - as himself
- 2019 - The Angry Birds Movie 2 - as Axel
- 2019 - 2019 Teen Choice Awards - co-host
- 2019 - America's Most Musical Family - judge
- 2019 - Chopped Junior - guest judge
- 2020 - The Stars of SpongeBob Fan Favorites Special - host
- 2020 - Dodgeball Thunderdome - host
Dobrik has leveraged his popularity for a number of entrepreneurial ventures. In January 2020, he launched David's Disposables (now known as Dispo), a mobile app with over 5,300 ratings that uses quirky features to allow users to recreate the experience of using disposable film cameras with their phones. Inspired by Dobrik's lifelong love for disposable cameras, the app was briefly the most popular free application on the Apple App Store and has garnered over one million downloads. It's still available for download free of charge—but with premium content for David Dobrik superfans!
On October 2, 2020, Dobrik launched David's Perfume, selling artisanal scents such as Amber and Cashmere and Grapefruit and Sandalwood for $60 a pop. To get this innovative product off the ground, Dobrik teamed up with Isaac Lekach, an entrepreneur who has developed fragrances for celebrities such as Katy Perry, Paris Hilton, and Adam Levine.
In December 2020, Dobrik announced his latest venture, The Hundred Thousand Dollar Puzzle. For $30, consumers can purchase puzzles that create massive QR codes when completed; people who scan the codes are automatically entered to win prizes worth between $0.25 and $100,000. The puzzles are currently sold out—so if you're interested, be sure to add your name to the waitlist!
Dobrik also lends his name to Clickbait, a mobile app that acts as a one-stop-shop for any fans looking to pick up the latest round of Dobrik merchandise.
To make his vlogs, Dobrik uses a Canon EOS 80D camera. In August 2020, Dobrik launched his Twitch channel, though he hasn't shared much information about the specs of his streaming setup publicly. Check out the Vlog Squad video below for a peek at David Dobrik during his first-ever Twitch stream, which peaked at over 47,000 concurrent viewers.
View it here:
Sponsors and Partners
As a popular social media personality, Dobrik has partnered with and been sponsored by a number of leading brands, including:
🗣 IT’S OFFICIAL, FOLKS!!!@DavidDobrik has joined the #GFUEL Family!!! And did we mention that it’s also his birthday?!?! What a day! Let’s all wish him the warmest of welcomes! 🎊🥳🎉— G FUEL® (@GFuelEnergy) July 23, 2020
😃 Join The Movement: https://t.co/enS1uT09YZ pic.twitter.com/sB1Gj3trer
Chipotle — Dobrik has been partnered with the popular chain of Mexican restaurants since April 2019, when the brand released a "Dobrik Burrito" to commemorate National Burrito Day. Since then, his collaborations with Chipotle have drawn hundreds of millions of views.
Seatgeek — Since 2019, Dobrik has teamed up with the mobile ticket platform SeatGeek to produce a slew of viral videos and social content. Dobrik's partnership with SeatGeek has been immensely successful and showcases his ability to weave brands seamlessly into his regular content, with Dobrik introducing SeatGeek as more or less another member of his Vlog Squad.
Bumble — Since 2019, Dobrik has collaborated with the dating application Bumble, going on virtual dates with fans and even matching with his fellow YouTuber James Charles on one occasion. For Christmas 2019, Dobrik and Bumble gave away thousands of dollars and dozens of iPads to needy businesses and children.
Electronic Arts — Dobrik has been sponsored by the popular video game developer since 2019. In 2020, the company took advantage of Dobrik's love for flashy cars in order to promote the "Need for Speed" series, with the resulting video garnering nearly 9 million views in its first 48 hours.
The official David Dobrik merchandise store is hosted by Fanjoy (and David's shop site), featuring a wide range of products that includes hoodies, sweatshirts, shorts, hats, and all kinds of other accessories. Many of Dobrik's most popular merch items are emblazoned with "clickbait," a tongue-in-cheek reference to a common (and shallow) criticism leveled at YouTube creators. Dobrik's official merch store also features Natalie Noel products and a scintillating mystery collection.
Awards and Nominations
Throughout his career, Dobrik has been nominated for (and won) numerous awards for his efforts as a content creator and online celebrity:
- 2017 - Streamy Awards - Creator of the Year
- 2018 - Shorty Awards - YouTuber of the Year
- 2018 - Streamy Awards - Creator of the Year, Best Podcast, Collaboration, Directing
- 2019 - Shorty Awards - YouTuber of the Year
- 2019 - Teen Choice Awards - Choice YouTuber
- 2019 - Streamy Brand Awards - Brand Engagement for "David Dobrik x SeatGeek: Becoming a Member of the Vlog Squad," Influencer Campaign for "Chipotle + David Dobrik and "David Dobrik x SeatGeek: Becoming a Member of the Vlog Squad"
- 2019 - Streamy Awards - Creator of the Year, Best Podcast for "VIEWS with David Dobrik and Jason Nash," Directing, Editing
- 2020 - Streamy Awards - Creator of the Year, First Person, Podcast for "VIEWS with David Dobrik and Jason Nash," Brand Engagement for "Need for Speed Heat x David Dobrik - Electronic Arts"
- 2017 - Shorty Awards - Vlogger of the Year
- 2017 - Streamy Awards - Breakout Creator
- 2018 - Shorty Awards - YouTube Ensemble for the Vlog Squad
- 2018 - Shorty Awards - Best Podcast for "VIEWS with David Dobrik and Jason Nash"
- 2018 - Streamy Awards - First Person, Ensemble Cast for the Vlog Squad
- 2019 - Kids' Choice Awards - Favorite Social Star
- 2019 - Teen Choice Awards - Choice Male Web Star
- 2019 - Streamy Brand Awards - Brand Engagement for "Chipotle + David Dobrik"
- 2019 - People's Choice Awards - Social Star
- 2019 - Streamy Awards - First Person, Collaboration for "SURPRISING PEOPLE WITH KYLIE JENNER!!," Ensemble Cast for the Vlog Squad
- 2020 - Kids' Choice Awards - Favorite Male Social Star
- 2020 - Streamy Awards - Collaboration for "SURPRISING PEOPLE WITH JUSTIN BIEBER!!"
Since 2018, Dobrik and his friend and frequent collaborator Jason Nash have hosted "VIEWS," a podcast that gives their fans a behind-the-scenes look at the work that goes into producing vlogs and living the life of a YouTuber. "VIEWS" began as a video podcast but eventually moved to audio platforms such as iTunes and Spotify, with the boisterous personalities of Dobrik and Nash providing more than enough colorful imagery on their own. Although the 40-minute episodes of "VIEWS" typically feature Dobrik and Nash, the podcast also includes occasional guest episodes and assists from other YouTubers such as Natalie Noel and Joe Vulpis.
Dobrik's official merchandise app, the David Dobrik Shop, is available for free on the Apple App Store. Much like the official Fanjoy app, this "Clickbait" application acts as an easy mobile platform for Dobrik's fans to purchase his official merchandise with the knowledge that it's coming directly from the source.
Never one to keep his success to himself, Dobrik often shares the wealth he has made through his YouTube success in the form of charitable donations to both lucky individuals and important causes. In 2020, he donated $50,000 to causes furthering the Black Lives Matter movement, such as Color of Change, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Unicorn Riot, and The Innocence Project. During the coronavirus pandemic, he donated gifts of $10,000 to fans who were suffering from the virus. He's also been known to donate cars to homeless people and laptops to struggling students.
Trivia and Fun Facts
- Real Name: Dávid Julián Dobrík
- Birthday: July 23, 1996
- Astrological Sign: Leo
- Age: 24
- Height: 5 feet, 10 inches
- Hometown: Košice, Slovakia
- Father: Pavo Dobrík
- Siblings: Sara, Ester, and Toby
- He had his first kiss when he was 17 years old.
- He's a massive fan of the show Drake & Josh and often collaborates with Josh Peck.
- His first YouTube video was about him scanning his rear end at a display copier in a store.
Who is David Dobrik?
David Dobrik is a multitalented and world-famous YouTuber, actor, and social media personality who got his start on Vine. He is also an ambassador for G FUEL, The Official Energy Drink of Esports®.
How old is David Dobrik?
David Dobrik is 24 years old. He will turn 25 years old on July 23, 2021.
Who is David Dobrik dating?
David Dobrik is currently single.
Where is David Dobrik from?
David Dobrik was born in Košice, Slovakia, and moved to Illinois when he was six years old.
Where does David Dobrik live?
David Dobrik lives in Los Angeles, California.
How tall is David Dobrik?
David Dobrik is 5 feet, 10 inches tall.
How did David Dobrik get famous?
David Dobrik first became famous as a Vine star in 2014 before branching out into YouTube.
What camera does David Dobrik use?
David Dobrik uses a Canon EOS 80D camera.
Why is David Dobrik famous?
David Dobrik is famous for creating popular vlogs with his group of friends, known as the Vlog Squad.
When is David Dobrik's birthday?
David Dobrik was born on July 23, 1996.
Where was David Dobrik born?
David Dobrik was born in Košice, Slovakia.
How many subscribers does David Dobrik have?
David Dobrik has nearly 28 million YouTube subscribers across three channels, about 25.4 million TikTok followers, over 14.4 million Instagram followers, over 5.6 million Twitter followers, over 1.7 million Facebook followers, and over 868,000 Twitch followers.
What kind of Tesla does David Dobrik have?
David Dobrik has a Tesla Model X P90D.
Who is David Dobrik married to?
David Dobrik's was married to Lorraine Nash. The marriage lasted between May 2019 and November 2019.
When did David Dobrik get married?
David Dobrik married Jason Nash's mother, Lorraine, as a joke in May 2019.
When does David Dobrik upload?
David Dobrik uploads videos on Mondays and Fridays.
Where did David Dobrik go to high school?
David Dobrik went to Vernon Hills High School in Vernon Hills, Illinois.
What nationality is David Dobrik?
David Dobrik is Slovakian.
What font does David Dobrik use?
David Dobrik uses the font Andale Mono.
What editing software does David Dobrik use?
David Dobrik edits his YouTube videos on iMovie.
When does David Dobrik post?
David Dobrik posts videos on Mondays and Fridays.
How did David Dobrik meet Jason Nash?
David Dobrik met Jason when he saw him perform at a comedy show in LA and asked him to collaborate with him on a Vine.
Why does David Dobrik always wear black?
David Dobrik always wears black because, "I feel like black's like, the best thing ever," said Dobrik while giving fans a look at his closet in an Instagram story he posted in May 2020.
David’s Instagram Story pic.twitter.com/60b47UZYTF— David Dobrik Updates (@DobrikOnline) May 6, 2020
When did David Dobrik start YouTube?
David Dobrik started his YouTube channel in December 2014.
Did David stop vlogging?
David Dobrik took a three-month hiatus from uploading vlogs during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, but he has since returned to vlogging regularly.
Who won David Dobrik's Chipotle challenge?
Faith Bang, a University of Texas student from Houston, won the Chipotle challenge.
Social Media Profiles
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DavidDobrikOfficial
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/daviddobrik/
- Snapchat: https://www.snapchat.com/add/daviddobrik
- TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@daviddobrik
- Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/daviddobrik
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/DavidDobrik
- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/DavidDobrik, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCef29bYGgUSoJjVkqhcAPkw (David Dobrik Too), and https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ94IBNmj9bBGHgqV1EXCBw (Views Podcast)
This article was written by Alexander Lee, an editor, freelance writer, and esports enthusiast based in New York City. Follow him on Twitter @alexleewastaken.