Germán Garmendia

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Germán Garmendia
Germán Garmendia 2016.jpg
Garmendia in 2016
Personal information
Born Germán Alejandro Garmendia Aranis
(1990-04-25) 25 April 1990 (age 28)[1]
Santiago, Chile[2][3]
Origin Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Nationality Chilean
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
YouTube information
Created by Germán Garmendia
Years active 2011–present
Genre Comedy, video blog, humor
Subscribers 33.9 million (HolaSoyGerman.)
24.5 million (JuegaGerman)
3 million (HolaSoyGerman2)
(7 June 2018[4])
Total views 3.5 billion (HolaSoyGerman.)
6.6 billion (JuegaGerman)
33.9 million (HolaSoyGerman2)
(as of 7 June 2018[4])
Network 2013–2015, Machinima; 2016–present, none
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2012 (x3)
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2012 (x3)
YouTube Diamond Play Button.svg 10,000,000 subscribers 2013 (x2)
Subscriber and view counts updated as of 14 April 2017.

Germán Alejandro Garmendia Aranis (Spanish pronunciation: [xeɾˈman aleˈxandɾo ɣaɾˈmendja aˈɾanis];[a] born 25 April 1990), known by his YouTube channels HolaSoyGerman and JuegaGerman, is a Chilean YouTuber, comedian and writer. He has produced a variety of songs together with his band Ancud, all available on YouTube and Spotify. His book titled #ChupaElPerro was released in multiple stores in Latin America and Spain on 28 April 2016. His channels are currently the 5th and 18th most subscribed on YouTube, having a combined total of over 60.8 million subscribers. His main channel, HolaSoyGerman, is also the most subscribed Spanish-speaking YouTube channel. He was the first YouTuber to obtain two Diamond Play Buttons (for achieving 57 million subscribers on his two channels). He was also featured in the Spanish version of Ice Age: Collision Course as Julian.

Early life[edit]

Garmendia was born on 25 April 1990 in Copiapo, Chile. At the age of three, his father died in a car crash on Christmas Eve. Garmendia has an older brother named Diego from whom he lived separately during childhood until reuniting in Los Vilos. Germán and Diego call his mother “Super Mom” because she took care of them both. He was very interested in music from a young age, and when he was 13, he formed a band with his brother called Zudex.[5] Garmendia uploaded his first YouTube video in 2011 after being encouraged by his friends.[6][7]

In August 2014 and 2015, he won the "Icon of the Year" prize from MTV Millennial Awards 2014.[8] He made a brief appearance in YouTube Rewind 2014[9] and made a longer appearance in the 2015 and 2016 versions due to how much he had accomplished during those years.[10][11]

As of February 2018, his main YouTube channel has over 33 million subscribers, making it the fifth most subscribed YouTube channel in the world and the most subscribed in the Spanish language.[4]



In 2013, a YouTuber named "LordDestroyer" uploaded a video claiming that Garmendia had sub-botted. In the video, which is now removed via a claim from Garmendia himself, he shows one of his older videos called "Internet Y Redes Sociales"[12] (English: "The Internet and Social Networks") where, at the timestamp 0:40, it is shown that Garmendia has various bot websites bookmarked on his computer, including "YouLikeHits", "SocialClump", and "AddSocials". Garmendia later deleted his video and copyright claimed LordDestroyer's original video, but by that point, many YouTubers in the community were already talking about it. He responded to the controversy in a now deleted video,[13] saying that he was just trying out the websites and seeing if it actually worked. He also said that he didn't care about the people that hated him as there was a community of people doing something amazing with his channel.

Incident in Mexico[edit]

In April 2014, Garmendia was scheduled to appear at the Telmex Digital Village in Zócalo, Mexico City.[14] The event experienced an unplanned excess of attendees and many people were waiting in line to see Garmendia, but he fainted due to heat exposure and had to be evacuated. Eventually, the crowd became unruly, with attendees forcing their way past barriers and into the tented area, causing many more injuries. Ten people were injured when a light element fell into the crowd. After security regained control of the situation, the crowd was dispersed and Garmendia's event was cancelled. He later expressed condolences to his fans for the incident.[15][16]


Year Title Role
2016 Ice Age: Collision Course (Spanish version) Julian


  1. ^ In isolation, after a pausa or after an /n/, Garmendia is pronounced [ɡaɾˈmendja].


  1. ^ Rosie Matheson. YouTube Famous: Making it big on the internet. 2015. Available at Google Books.
  2. ^ BBC Mundo, Germán Garmendia: el chileno que arrasa en internet con su humor de lo cotidiano, 21 August 2013 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Top 20 YouTuber, HolaSoyGerman Archived 2016-05-07 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ a b c "YouTube Top 100 Most Subscribed Channels List - Top by Subscribers". Retrieved 10 September 2017. 
  5. ^ "Germán Garmendia de "Hola soy Germán": el chileno que arrasa en internet con su humor de lo cotidiano". El Comercio (in Spanish). BBC News. 22 August 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2017. 
  6. ^ "Germán Garmendia de "Hola soy Germán": el chileno que arrasa en internet con su humor de lo cotidiano". El Comercio (in Spanish). 22 August 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2017. 
  7. ^ Redacción Revista Tierra Cultah (23 December 2013). "Manual Práctico: Compilado de personas y personajes atacameños conocidos o históricos" (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 September 2017. 
  8. ^ "Creador de "Hola soy Germán" gana premio en los MTV Millennial Awards 2014". Emol (in Spanish). 13 August 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2017. 
  9. ^ "HolaSoyGerman in Youtube Rewind: Turn Down For 2014". YouTube Spotlight. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "HolaSoyGerman in Youtube Rewind 2015". YouTube Spotlight. Retrieved 9 December 2015. 
  11. ^ "HolaSoyGerman in Youtube Rewind 2016". YouTube Spotlight. Retrieved 7 December 2016. 
  12. ^ "Internet Y Redes Sociales (Reupload)". 
  13. ^ "German Garmendia habla sobre las Polémica de los Bots". 
  14. ^ Telcel (6 March 2014). "World's Largest Digital Inclusion Event returns to Mexico City from April 11- April 27, 2014". PR Newswire. Retrieved 10 September 2017. 
  15. ^ "SSPDF confirma 10 lesionados en incidente en Aldea Digital". El Universal (in Spanish). 13 April 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2017. 
  16. ^ "Deja tumulto 13 lesionados durante la "Aldea Digital"". (in Spanish). 13 April 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2017. 

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