Who is Philip DeFranco?

American YouTuber and social media star Philip James DeFranco was born as Philip James Franchini Jr. in New York City USA, on 1 December 1985, making his zodiac sign Sagittarius. He’s probably best known for his self-titled YouTube channel, which he launched on 16 September 2006, and which is today subscribed to by over 6.3 million people, while all its videos combined have been watched over 1.5 billion times, and which mostly feature him talking about all the important news in the entertainment industry and politics.

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Education and early life

Philip and his younger sister Sabrina were raised in New York City by their father and stepmother, but he’s shared very little about them, because he respects their privacy; it’s known that Philip’s stepmother worked at a car dealership, while it’s believed that his father’s a real estate agent.

He grew up dreaming of becoming a famous movie director, but was also focused on his studies, wanting to pursue a college degree. Philip was physically active while attending a local high school, as he played both soccer and basketball for school teams, then upon matriculating in 2004, he enrolled at University of South Florida.

He transferred to Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College around half a year later, and then in 2006 to East Carolina University; the year 2007 saw Philip live in Tampa, Florida while he then moved to Atlanta, Georgia; he earned a living by working as a waiter at several restaurants.

He spent some time living in his car, prior to moving back in with his father in Tampa, promising his father that he’d return to college, but broke the promise.

Philip’s career

Philip launched his first YouTube channel “The Philip DeFranco Show” on 16 September 2006, while attending East Carolina University; he mostly uploaded videos in which he talked about whatever he was interested in, and revealed that his influences were Vlogbrothers, Dane Cook and Ze Frank. Most of the videos which he’d uploaded in his first two years were deleted by March 2017, and Philip’s since renamed the channel to just “Philip DeFranco”.

He launched his second channel in 2007, “PhillyD” onto which he mostly uploaded videos which featured him talking about news, gossip and sex; the channel has now been deleted.

Philip’s currently running five channels, with his main channel being the above mentioned “Philip DeFranco”. He launched his second channel “PDS News Clips” on 13 April 2017, and it numbers nearly 250,000 subscribers, while all its videos combined have been watched over 70 million times; he mostly uploads news content onto this channel.

His #3 channel “DeFranco Does” was launched on 3 June 2019, and today numbers over 200,000 people subscribed to it, while all its videos combined have been watched more than 4.2 million times; he mostly uploads comedy content onto the channel.

Philip’s #4 channel “A Conversation With” was launched on 23 July 2019, and it currently numbers more than 270,000 people subscribed to it, and nearly 20 million views of its videos combined; most of these feature Philip interviewing celebrities and experts in various fields.

His #5 and final YouTube channel “A Conversation With Clips” was launched on 23 October 2019, and it’s only subscribed to by about 30,000 people, while all its videos combined have been watched over five million times, mostly the best parts of videos found on his #4 channel.

Most popular YouTube videos

Philip’s built himself quite a follower base on his main YouTube channel, mainly because he enjoys sharing various news with his fans, and is also quite good at analyzing these; we’re about to mention his three most popular videos on the network, which have made attracted people to become his subscribers.

His #1 video “WOW… We Need To Talk About This…” has been viewed over six million times since 17 April 2017, and features him talking about the people who are behind the YouTube channel “DaddyofFive”.

His video #2 “DISGUSTING! Deleted Video Exposes HUGE Problem In DO5 YouTube Scandal” has been viewed more than 5.5 million times since 19 April 2017, and features Philip talking about the video which the user DO5 Mike Martin uploaded onto his channel, and which featured a young boy slapping a girl.

His #3 most watched video “Dr. Fauci Answers DeFranco’s Questions About Coronavirus | COVID-19 Facts With Fauci” has been viewed over 4.3 million times since 27 March 2020, and features Philip talking about coronavirus with US Chief Medical Officer Dr. Fauci.

Presence on social media networks

Philip’s followed by close to 650,000 people on Instagram, and has posted nearly 3,000 pictures and videos onto the social media network, with most of these featuring him during his everyday life.

He launched his Twitter account in May 2007, and there are today more than 1.2 million people following him, while he’s tweeted over 4,000 times; Philip mostly uses Twitter to share various news with his fans.

He’s also active on Facebook, and there are today more than 1.1 million people following him on the social media network, while he tends to post onto it at least once a day.

Philip’s TikTok account’s followed by close to 2.5 million people, and numbers over 110 million likes of all his videos combined, including from all around the world, while he’s currently focused on covering the war in Ukraine.

Love life and wife

Philip doesn’t shy away from talking about his love life in his YouTube videos, and he’s also featured his wife and children in some.

He proposed to his long-term girlfriend Lindsay Jordan DeFranco (nee Doty) on 16 August 2013, and they exchanged vows on 7 March 2015; various pictures and videos taken during the wedding can be seen uploaded onto Philip’s Instagram account. Lindsay’s an American mental health and media literacy advocate, and launched her media literacy campaign Not So Fast in 2019.

Lindsay gave birth to their son Philip James ‘Trey’ DeFranco III in 2014, and their second son Carter William DeFranco followed in 2017.

Philip hasn’t mentioned other women whom he’s dated; he’s married to Lindsay Jordan DeFranco as of November 2022, and has two sons with her.

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Hobbies and interesting facts

Philip’s physically quite active, and works out at the gym nearly every day; he was once a bit overweight, and has shown his progress in losing weight on his Instagram account.

He loves spending his spare time with his sons, and they can be seen featured in many of his Instagram pictures.

Although he was once deeply passionate about travelling, Philip nowadays prefers staying at home with his family; they’ve been living in Encino, Los Angeles since 2019, while they’d previously lived in San Fernando and Sherman Oaks.

He loves to listen to music, especially to violin and guitar instrumentals.

Philip’s favorite actors are Robert De Niro and Brad Pitt, and some of his favorite movies include “The Comedian”, “Heist” and “Grudge Match”.

Height, eyes and wealth

Philip’s age is 36. He has brown eyes and short brown hair, his weight is about 180lbs (81kgs) and he’s 6ft 1ins (1.88m) tall.

Philip’s net worth’s been estimated at over $14 million, as of November 2022.

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