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.
Rosanna Pansino: $2.5 million
A self-trained chef whose baking tutorials have taught millions the science behind the perfect cupcake.
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.
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).
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.
KSI: $4.5 million
Born Olajide Olatunji, this British videogame commentator has used his YouTube stardom to launch his music career.
Rhett & Link: $4.5 million
The duo is famous for Good Mythical Morning, a send-up of morning television news shows.
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.
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.
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.
PewDiePie: $12 million
Felix Kjellberg, aka PewDiePie, has nearly 40 million people subscribing to his “playing videogames with your bros” channel.