Presenting to you the first ever list of the top-paid YouTubers in the world! These are people making millions of dollars every year in a combined total of $54.5 million, by commenting on video games, serving up comedy, blogging about beauty and even dancing while playing the violin!
Here is the list
1. PewDiePie: $12 million
He has nearly 40 million people subscribing to his “playing videogames with your bros” channel. Felix Kjellberg is a Swedish star, known to be very private and rarely grants interviews.
2. Smosh: $8.5 million
Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla are childhood best friends from Sacramento, California. Known online as Smosh, they ran a comedy act that got famous for live-action skits based on Pokémon games. They own 5 different YouTube channels.
The two released their first full-length movie, Smosh: in July this year.
3. Fine Brothers: $8.5 million
Fine brothers tie with smosh on the annual earning. Known poopularly as Benny and Rafi Fine, the two first drew notice and a Daytime Emmy Award for their React video series, in which they film people watching over-the-top videos from the likes of
PewDiePie and rapper Nicki Minaj.
4. Lindsey Stirling: $6 million
She plays the violin a unique way. Yes, she does amazing dance moves while playing the violin at the same time and that has landed her in this list. In 2007 she begun posting videos of herself performing after she failed to sign a major record label.
5. Rhett & Link: $4.5 million
The two friends, Rhett McLaughlin and Chales Lincoln Neal III both hold engineering degrees from NC State. They launched their comedy careers on YouTube at the age of 38 and 37 respectively and have succeeded in become favourites on YouTube. The are famous for Good Mythical Morning, a send-up of morning television news
shows. Nearly half of their earnings come from sponsored deals—they’ve shot sponsored clips for their channels for such brands as Gillette, Wendy’s and Toyota.
6. KSI: $4.5 million
Real name, Olajide Olatunj, the 22 year old is a British-born Nigeria who has risen to stardom few years ago. He has about 11 million subscribers to his YouTube channel. KSI is an English video game commentator and comedian whose channel has served as a springboard to his music career.
7. Michelle Phan: $3 million
She is a makeup artiste, something she learnt herself. She is well known for her tutorials on teaching girls how to paint themselves to look like their favourite celebrities including Lady Gaga and Angelina Jolie. She reinvests most of the money from her projects— including her cosmetics line and ipsy, a monthly makeup-subscription service— right back into her business.
8. Lilly Singh: $2.5 million
Her YouTube name is ‘SuperWoman’. Singh is a stand-up comedian and a singer.
9. Roman Atwood: $2.5 million
Atwood has taken the concept of ‘Punk’d’ to another level online. He pulls pranks like using a stuffed skunk to spray bystanders and faux-flashing young children (while wearing a T-shirt that reads “Don’t Do Drugs”). He has attracted over 7 million followers along the way. Nissan gets the joke— the company partnered with him for a video that ran last January—and so do the customers of his online Smile More Store (sweatshirts, water bottles, tote bags, etc).
10. Rosanna Pansino: $2.5 million
She is a self-trained chef whose baking tutorials have taught millions the science behind a perfect cupcake will publish her first cookbook, The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook: Sweet Treats for the Geek in All of Us, this month. Earlier this year Pansino partnered with pan-and-tray-maker Wilton Brands on her how-to series, Nerdy Nummies.
By: 233livenews with additional information from Forbes