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YouTube’s Highest-Paid Star May Surprise You


Making money off of Youtube is not easy. Just ask those who have tried and failed, but also ask those who have tried and succeed. Forbes released their list of highest paid YouTubers this week and the list might truly surprise you. Noticeably missing are Youtube powerhouses like Tyler Oakley, Grace Helbig (who recently had her own show on E!), Phillip DeFranco, Jenna Marbles and Ray William Johnson. But the vloggers who did make it on the list made some serious bank.

  1. Rosanna Pansino: $2.5 million

A self-trained chef whose baking tutorials have taught millions the science behind the perfect cupcake.

  1. Roman Atwood: $2.5 million

This prankster pulls Punk’d type pranks like using a stuffed skunk to spray bystanders and faux-flashing young kids.

  1. Lilly Singh: $2.5 million

Also to the YouTube community as Superwoman — Lily is a stand-up comedian who leans heavily on her ethnic background (parents who immigrated to Canada from India).

  1. Michelle Phan: $3 million

The self-taught makeup artist established herself with make-up tutorials teaching girls how to paint themselves like their favorite celebs like Lady Gaga and Angelina Jolie.

  1. KSI: $4.5 million

Born Olajide Olatunji, this British videogame commentator has used his YouTube stardom to launch his music career.

  1. Rhett & Link: $4.5 million

The duo is famous for Good Mythical Morning, a send-up of morning television news shows.

  1. Lindsey Stirling: $6 million

Lindsey is known for her dancing, her violin playing and doing them and sometimes she does them at the same time.

  1. Fine Brothers: $8.5 million

These “bros” are known for their React  Video series, in which they film people watching over-the-top videos and the also recap full season of shows in 10 minutes or less.

  1. Smosh: $8.5 million

Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla, childhood best friends, or as they’re known online Smosh, are a comedy act that got famous for live-action skits based on Pokémon games.

  1. PewDiePie: $12 million

Felix Kjellberg, aka PewDiePie, has nearly 40 million people subscribing to his “playing videogames with your bros” channel.

Are you guys surprised by this list?

Lizzette (Lizz) loves to talk in the third person. She refers to herself as the “epitome of cool” and loves to give opinions on topics she knows nothing about.



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