Top 10 List Richest YouTube Stars of 2015

Since its launch ten years ago, YouTube has grown into a sensation. The Google-owned video sharing platform has generated billions of views and dollars for the company. It has also created a new generation of internet celebrities who earn top dollar.
As millions viewers enjoy their favorite videos, a few internet celebrities are crushing it on YouTube. Many YouTube stars use the platform to make money online and make a name for themselves.

According to Forbes, these YouTube personalities earn their online millions using sponsored videos, ads, and previews. Here are the top ten best paid YouTube stars in 2015 according to Forbes:

8. (Tie) Roman Atwood

Annual Income: $2.5 million, Monthly Average: $208,333.3, Estimated net worth: $3.5 million .
Roman Atwood is YouTube’s "most appalling prankster". What with his pretending to kill his baby twice just to film his girlfriend’s horror? Nevertheless, his prank-filled YouTube channel has attracted over 7 million subscribers. Last January, he partnered with Nissan for a video. He also owns Smile More Store, an online shop for a variety of items including tote bags, sweatshirts, and water bottles.

8. (Tie) Rosanna Pansino

Income: $2.5 million, Monthly Average: $208,333.3 , Estimated net worth: $2.2 million.
Rosanna Pansino is a self-trained chef. Her YouTube channel, "Nerdy Nummies", concentrates on baking tutorials. Presently, the YouTube channel is the nerdiest and the most loved baking channel on YouTube. Her viewers love the way she puts a unique nerdy spin on everyday recipes.

8. (Tie) Lilly Singh

Income: $2.5 million, Per Month Income: $208,333.3, Estimated worth: $1.5 million.
If you google “Superwoman”, the first page results will be on this YouTube sensation. Lily Singh or Superwoman as her rabid fan base calls her, is a stand-up comedian, singer, and motivational speaker. Her YouTube channel contains comedy sketches and music videos. Much of her fan base is ethnic .

7. Michelle Phan

Income: $3 million, Per Month Earnings: $250,000, Estimated net worth: $5 million.
Michelle Phan is a self-taught makeup artist. Her YouTube channel has more than 7.5 million subscribers. She films her own makeup and tutorials that teach girls how to do makeup like their favorite celebs. Phan’s net worth is growing as she reinvests much of the money she makes online. In 2011, she, Marcelo Camberos, and Jennifer Goldfarb cofounded Ipsy, a subscription-makeup-delivery startup. She is also launching an online lifestyle video network.

5. (Tie) Rhett & Link

Income: $4.5 million, Monthly Average: $375,000, Estimated net worth: $7 million.
Rhett and Link are perhaps the oldest of YouTube stars. Rhett McLaughlin is 38, and Charles Lincoln Neal III is 37 years old. Before their comedy earned them YouTube stardom, these engineering graduates worked in corporate America. They make most of their money from sponsored deals and sidesplitting local-style ads for companies. They have worked with companies such as Red House Furniture, Gillette, Wendy’s and Toyota.

5. (Tie) KSI

Income: $4.5 million, Monthly Average: $375,000, Estimated net worth: $3 million.
Olajide "KSI" Olatunji is a British video game commentator and singer. He established himself by uploading videos of himself playing and commentating. His YouTube channel has about 11 million followers, and this has helped him jumpstart his music career. This April, KSI’s hip-hop single “Lamborghini” was at number 30 on the U.K. music charts.

4. Lindsey Stirling

Income: $6 million, Per Month Earning: $500,000, Estimated net worth: $2-3m
Lindsey Stirling is a classically trained violinist and a dancer. Amazingly, she can do both simultaneously. Despite her massive talent, she couldn't get any big record label. In 2007, she started posting her performance videos on YouTube. The rest is history. Major record labels want her signature now, but she is adamant. Her fan base loves her violin renditions of popular hip-hop songs.

2. (Tie) Smosh

Income: $8.5 million, Monthly Average: $708,333.3, Estimated net worth of about $6 million.
Smosh is a famous comedy duo consisting of childhood best friends Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla. Smosh's fame emanated from the duo’s live-action skits that parody Pok√©mon games. Smosh’s slapstick comedy videos are based on video games and popular culture. They have five YouTube channels. In July 2015, their first full-length self-entitled movie came out. They also have an app for their content.

2. (Tie) Fine Brothers

Income: $8.5 million, Monthly Average: $708,333.3, Estimated net worth $5.7m.
The Fine Brothers comprise of Brooklyn creatives Benny and Rafi Fine. The two are online producers, writers, and directors. They are best known for the hugely successful React video series. Their major sponsors include Ford and Comedy Central.

1. PewDiePie

Income: $12 million, Monthly Average $1m, Estimated Net Worth: $16m.
The king of YouTube is this foul-mouthed Swedish college dropout and video-game vlogger. Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, has 39 million subscribers on his channel. The notoriously private YouTube star has a community of “bros” who love watching his “playing video games with your bros” YouTube channel.

YouTube remains an excellent way to make money online for any creative person. It’s all about a wannabe star and her fans. Anyone with something interesting to teach or entertain people, can grow her fan base and watch her net worth magically explode. New stars are born each day and in 2016, we hope to see new YouTube stars earning lots of money.


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