Forbes: Top 10 Highest Paid Youtube Stars Of 2016

Forbes: Top 10 Highest Paid Youtube Stars Of 2016

Forbes Magazine has released their list of the top 10 highest-paid
YouTube stars in 2016. This year, the top ten made a collective
$70.5million, with the top earner raking in $15million. They are:

1. PewDiePie (Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg) –  $15million
2. Roman Atwood  – $8million
3. Lily Singh  – $7.5million
4. SMOSH (Ian Andrew Hecox and Daniel Anthony Padilla) – $7million
5. Tyler Oakley – $6million
5. Nerdy Nummies – $6million
7. Mark Fischbach (Markiplier) – $5.5million
7. German Garmendia – $5.5million
9. Miranda Sings (Colleen Ballinger) – $5million
9.  Good Mythical Morning ( Rhett McLaughlin, Charles ‘Link’ Neal III) – $5million

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1. PewDiePie — Earned: $15 million — Subscribers: 49,756,391

Swedish
gamer Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg,earned the top spot on the YouTube’s
highest earner list for the second year in a row thanks to his channel
PewDiePie  Five years ago, he dropped out of a  industrial engineering
program to focus full-time on his YouTube channel PewDiePie. His parents
were angry that he had given up a degree at Chalmers University of
Technology to play video games on YouTube full-time, and cut him off.
Felix supported himself early on by working at a hot dog stand, but soon
his channel soared to heights no one could have expected. He is the
first person to ever reach 10 billion YouTube views, with totals now
nearing 14 billion, and was named one of Time Magazine’s most
influential people this year.

2. Roman Atwood — Earned: $8million — Subscribers: 10,152,692 subscribers

YouTube’s
highest paid prankster, Roman Atwood took the second spot, making
$7million thanks to his famous pranks. Atwood also makes money off his
personalized merchandise and sponsorship with brands like Scott Toilet
Paper.

3. Lily Singh — Earned: $7.5 million — Subscribers: 10,296,350 subscribers

Comedian
Lily Singh took the third spot, with her channel boasting 1.3 billion
views. What first started as a method to help deal with depression made
Lily Singh a multi-millionaire. She has received more than 1.3billion
views on her channel.

4. SMOSH — Earned: $7million — Subscribers: 22,474,510

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 joined YouTube months after it premiered in 2005.

5. Tyler Oakley — Earned: $6million — Subscribers: 8,087,829

Tyler
Oakley tied for the fifth spot this year, 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. He also uses his
platform to be a prominent advocate for LGBT youth.

5. Rosanna Pansino — Earned: $6million — Subscribers: 7,398,450

Rosanna
Pansino is the host of the popular YouTube cooking show Nerdy Nummies,
which she calls the original Geeky Cooking Show. Pansino’s channel
ocuses on recipes inspired by fantasy, sci-fi, comic books, anime,
movies, video games and television shows.  She has uploaded more than
100 recipes and recently released a cookbook which made the New York
Times’ Bestseller List.

7. Markiplier — Earned: $5.5million — Subscribers: 15,523,276

Mark
Fischbach’s channel Markiplier is beloved for the commentary he gives
fans in his ‘Let’s Play’ video game clips. He was studying to become a
biomedical engineer when he decided to dedicate his attention full-time
to his increasingly popular YouTube site.

8. German Garmendia — Earned: $5.5million — Subscribers: 30,317,411

Chilean
comedian German Garmendia’s channel is the most subscribed channel in
Spanish language. The comedian has more than 30 million fans subscribed
to his channel, where he also posts videos of his band Ancud. He is also
the youngest YouTuber to make the list, making millions at the age of
only 26.

9. Colleen Ballinger — Earned: $5million — Subscribers: 7,359,094

Colleen
Ballinger has made millions off her persona Miranda Sings, a tone-deaf
singer who believes she is destined for fame. The former Off-Broadway
actress has also guest co-hosted The View and released the bestseller
book Self-Help.

10. Rhett and Link — Earned: $5million — Subscribers: 11,545,537

Rhett
James McLaughlin and Charles Lincoln ‘Link’ Neal III are better known
as the comedic duo Rhett and Link. Both men studied engineering at North
Carolina State University, graduating and working in big companies
before finally deciding to pursue comedy full-time. They have built a
fanbase of their wide-ranging channels that feature episodes like ‘blind
taco taste test’ and ‘ridiculous leftover food hacks’. They also
challenges, like eating a scorpion.

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