Andrew Tate during his kickboxing career: Credit: ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Andrew Tate: Who is Andrew Tate, how much is he worth, why are charities calling for TikTok star to be banned

A former Big Brother contestant and viral TikTok star who wants to fight Jake Paul, Andrew Tate, has criticised by women’s abuse charities for “extreme misogyny” in his social media videos. Here’s everything we know.

If you’re a fan of the latest social media sensation TikTok, then you’re likely to have heard of the name Andrew Tate – and perhaps for the wrong reasons.

One the app’s most viewed creators, the former Big Brother contestant has gone viral on the site this year, with has hundreds of ‘fan sites’ dedicated to him.

However, the content of his controversial videos have left charities which look to end male violence against women, such as White Ribbon, to demand his videos are taken down, adding that his videos depict “extreme misogyny” and will leave a lasting impact on younger viewers.

Despite this, the 35-year-old former kickboxer has risen from obscurity to global fame over the past few months, becoming one of the most famous figures on TikTok, where videos of him have been watched 11.6 billion times.

Who is Andrew Tate?

Born in Chicago, the 35-year-old is a former professional kickboxer, who appeared on popular reality show Big Brother.

The son of African-American chess international master Emory Tate, he was born in the United States but was actually raised in Luton.

While he currently identifies as an entrepreneur and content creator, he has had other occupations over the past 12 years.

Starting a kickboxing career in 2009, he successfully won two world titles across two different weight divisions in 2010 and 2013, before his public profile grew further with an appearance in popular TV show Big Brother in 2016.

The series ended in rather controversial circumstances for Tate though when a video was posted online appearing to show him beating a woman with a belt.

Speaking at the time, Tate claimed that the women in the video has consented to it, adding: ”They cut out all the sound cause she’s LAUGHING in the video. And they cut off the end of the video where she gets the belt and hits me back while we’re both laughing. What bullsh**t. It was 2012 and we were having a laugh.”

He claimed it was part of role play and that he was using a felt belt.

A year later, he was banned from social media site Twitter which concluded he had violated the terms of the site with his statements on the #MeToo movement, due to a Tweet which reportedly said: “Sexual harassment is disgusting and inexcusable. However, a man looking at you or whistling at you or asking your name isn’t harassment.

“Women have been exchanging sex for opportunity for a very long time. Some did this. Weren’t abused. […] If you put yourself in a position to be raped, you must bare some responsibility.”

Discussing his Twitter ban, he said he didn’t feel he was “inciting violence, promoting terrorism or harassing anyone” and claimed the banning people was “censorship of free speech”, adding he had “never had specific tweets banned or been cautioned.”

Since then, Tate has steadily been building his social media persona, and gained further notice when he called on YouTuber and boxer Jake Paul.

"I don't dislike him, I understand him but I want to make something clear, I would still kick the living f*** out of Jake Paul," he told The Fellas podcast, though since he statement, he has not fought anybody professionally.

Why is Andrew Tate causing controversy?

Before his Twitter was removed, he received attention for his tweets amid the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse case and for tweeting several statements about his view that sexual assault victims share responsibility for their assaults.

Furthermore, he also stated depression is not a real illness, receiving significant backlash.

In 2021, he had created another Twitter account despite his ban, which was later verified by the social media company. The account appeared to have been part of a promotion with Bugatti. The account was subsequently permanently suspended, with Twitter confirming the account was verified in error.

Now deleted, he also allegedly created a video on his YouTube channel stating “probably 40% of the reason” he moved to Romania was that it is easier to get off on rape charges in Eastern Europe.

In the following month, as reported by The Daily Beast, his house was raided by Romanian police in relation to a human trafficking and rape investigation, with reports an American woman was being held at the property against her will.

Authorities found both a Romanian woman and an American woman at the property, though – as of April 2022 – though the investigation was still ongoing.

Despite this, he has found fame via his TikTok channel – though it has also not come without controversy.

Dubbed ‘The king of toxic masculinity’, Tate has released several viral videos including one harrowing clip where he explains how he would attack a woman if she accused him of cheating. “It's bang out the machete, boom in her face and grip her by the neck. Shut up b****” he says in the video.

What is Andrew Tate’s net worth?

“I don’t want to brag, but I’m a trillionaire, world’s first. I was broke for a long time.

"I made my first million when I was, say, 27 and then I had 100 million by the time I was 31, and then I became a trillionaire quite recently.”

While he claims to be a trillionaire, they are current non across the glode according to Forbes, with Elon Musk the nearest on $250 billion.

According to Celebrity Net Worth, he is worth a reported £16.2 million.

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