YouTubers, Instagramers…Most people spend their lives working on their education in order to pursue a career, following common sense.
They would frown and look down at who would spend whole afternoons smirking and shrieking to an imaginary audience instead of looking for a real job.
Surely, they have to change their vision of life a little after seeing how that camera could lead to fame and success in such a way there’s no turning back to a mundane job.
Here’s the list of most paid YouTube stars:
YouTubers mores followed
Income: $15 million. Subscribers: 56 millions
I find it hard to read and pronounce Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg if I have to write it. Without doubt though, he’s the most watched and followed YouTuber, under the name of PewDiePie. The first of YouTuber’s list, when still very young, made his parents really worried. He left them astonished when he decided to quit a promising Industrial Engineering programme at Chalmers University right at the final stage of his studies, in order to dedicate himself full-time to a strange hobby: record himself while playing videogames on internet. His parents, worried, hoping to convince him to return on his books cut his allowances. Felix refused to give up. He started selling hot dogs to make a living. Thereafter suddenly his channel started to attract a rising number of followers. A number that never stopped skyrocketing very, very high.
Now PewDiePie hangs out with a fan from Bristol, and his income grows at the rate of 3 million dollars every year. His followers are called the “Bro army”. And if it was a real army would be huge and unshakeably loyal. Because PewDiePie is the first channel in YouTube history to have reached 10 billion views, and is moving steadily towards 14 billions. By now the fist of the YouTubers went beyond his simple web persona. He managed to remarket his character, with a book titled “This book loves you”, listed among the New York Times best sellers, and accessories.
Felix even created his own videogame. Which earned more than a million download in the first 24 hours after its official release. He has such a strong connection with online videogamers communities. That every time he names a videogame its sales grow considerably. Of course, fame comes with responsibilities. But PewDiePie seems not to hold back when it’s about controversies. Sure he was joking when he accused YouTube of sabotaging him because he is white. Do you think he was serious when he threatened YouTube of closing his account when he reached 50 million followers, declaring that YouTube was trying to undermine his success? According to Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, Youtube deliberately tampered with the number of views on his channel and prevented his fans from accessing some old videos.
“I’m white, can i make that comment? But I do think that’s a problem.” Felix then suggested YouTube wanted ‘someone extremely cancerous’ to take the top spot, before referencing comedian Lily Singh – who is of Indian heritage. “YouTube is trying to kill my channel. It is clear. This is happening if you watch my analytics. It is all going down,” he said.
Felix has since said that YouTube reached out to him and are ‘digging into the issues’.
2. Roman Atwood
Income: $8 million. Subscribers: 13 millions
Atwood’s channel might be making $7 million less than PewDiePie, but he still remains YouTube’s highest paid prankster. More than 10 million people tune in to Atwood’s channel to watch him pretend to spray people with skunks or create an indoor snowstorm in his house.
Atwood is perhaps most famous two pranks in which he tried to convince his girlfriend into thinking he had killed their three-year-old son. One involved using a dummy dressed in their son’s Spider-Man costume and throwing it from the second floor of their two-story home. Another involved a fiery ATV accident, his girlfriend bursting into tears as her real son walked over to her after an explosion of flames.
The prankster took his hijinks to the big screen this year, teaming up with YouTubers Vitaly Z and Dennis Roady for the feature film Natural Born Pranksters. Atwood, who has also appeared on TBS’s Deal With It, also makes income off his personalized merchandise and a sponsorship with brands like Scott Toilet Paper.
3. Lilly Singh
Income: $7.5 million. Subscribers: 12 millions
What first started as a method to help deal with depression has made Lily Singh a multi-millionaire. The Canadian’s Superwoman channel has received more than 1.3billion views since it was launched in 2010. Thanks in part to Singh’s impersonations of her parents. Singh gave up her previous plan of getting a Masters in Psychology and becoming a counselor as her views – and mood – continued to rise.
Her face is now plastered in billboards across Manhattan and Singh has even appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show. Singh’s videos – with some including ‘What Clubbing Is Like’, ‘Why Bras Are Horrible’ and ‘Types of People You’ll See On Halloween’ – now garner guest stars that include Victoria Justice, Gina Rodriguez and even Michelle Obama. The third of the YouTubers most followed has also appeared in YouTube videos with James Franco and Seth Rogen. Her YouTube Red documentary premiered in Los Angeles’ iconic Chinese Theater.
Income: $7 million. Subscribers: 23 millions
Ian Andrew Hecox and Daniel Anthony Padilla, both 29, make up the American sketch comedy duo better known by the name of SMOSH. The childhood friends and Sacramento natives are the veterans of the group. They joined YouTube just months after it premiered in 2005. There are various series within the Smosh channel. From parody sketches like ‘Masterchef Millennials’ to ‘The Big What If’. They even have one dedicated to Pokemon-related videos.
Hecox and Padilla have also developed their first scripted long-form series called Part Timers. Posting a new episode every week on their channel. The show was inspired by Hecox’s job at Chuck E. Cheese, where he worked before quitting to dedicate his time to the channel. Hecox and Padilla became the first YouTubers to have their own wax figures at Madame Tussauds. As well their second film, featuring rapper T-pain, will debut on YouTube Red later this month. Their first feature-length film, Smosh: The Movie, is currently streaming on Netflix.
5. Tyler Oakley
Income: $6 million. Subscribers: 8 millions
Tyler Oakley tied for the fifth spot this year in the YouTubers’ list. This is his first time on Forbes list, thanks in part to signing a deal with Ellen DeGeneres to create his own digital talk show.
Oakley’s videos range from guessing celebrity abs with Tom Daley, trying strange toys with Kellie Pickler, to interviewing Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama. The 27-year-old, who uploaded his first video in 2007 as a freshman at Michigan State University. Also uses his platform to be a prominent advocate for LGBT youth.
Oakley has raised more than a million dollars for The Trevor Project. He often posts about issues affecting the LGBT community. He is in OUT Magazine’s Power 50 and The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 25 Digital Stars. The humorist most recently released his first book of essays, Binge, which became a bestseller. Oakley did a live show tour in 2014, doing skits in his pajamas. And he finished third in the most recent season of The Amazing Race.
6. Rosanna Pansino
Income: $6 million. Subscribers: 8 millions
Closing the list of the 6 world richest YouTubers, we find Rosanna Pansino. The host of the popular YouTube cooking show Nerdy Nummies, which she calls the original Geeky Cooking Show. Pansino’s skills in the kitchen have brought more than $7million people to her channel. Her channel focuses on recipes inspired by fantasy, sci-fi, comic books, anime, movies, video games and television shows. Through her videos viewers can learn how to decorate gingerbread houses, and bake unique creations like a Sleeping Beauty Birthday cake or Game of Thrones Direwolf Bread.
The 31-year-old is now raking in the kind of money. She first only dreamed of when she began to pursue an acting career years ago. Pansino appeared in the likes of Parks and Recreation and CSI. Even scoring a finalist spot in VH1’s Scream Queens, which offered a role in an upcoming Saw film. Although she initially started making YouTube videos to get more comfortable in front of the camera. Pansino’s hobby soon turned full-time.
She has since uploaded more than 100 recipes. Recently released a cookbook which made the New York Times’ Bestseller List.
(This post is an excerpt taken from a DailyMailOnline article)
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