Just about anybody who can link a device that can shoot video to an Internet connection can upload those files onto the website YouTube. Reactions of fans attending a sporting event. A person performing a song or some other kind of entertainment routine. A proud mother showing off the fact that her young child is now able to take steps all on his own. These are just a few of the many types of videos that one could find while searching on YouTube. People who upload these files are, more often than not, not looking to make fortunes through the website. They merely have something that they would like to share with others.
That cannot be said about those who would be considered to be the “stars” of YouTube. For them, posting videos to YouTube is a standard job that is no different than whatever you do at a local office for 40+ hours a week. It may not, depending on your situation and the amount of money that you have stashed away in a bank account, be a stretch to suggest that the highest paid YouTube stars for 2015 actually have better jobs than you or I. Every one of those ten YouTube stars, according to a report posted by Forbes in October 2015, will make over $2 million a year off of their videos.
A woman who has shared her baking experiences with the world. The makeup artist who has become an international sensation. The young man who once thought it would be fun to post videos that featured him playing video games. The leader of a fan base that is known as the “Bro Army.” Every one of them are millionaires because of the website YouTube, and each of them will be able to have the careers and lives of their dreams all because of their Internet videos. Get to shooting, and then get to uploading. You could be the next person to be rich off of YouTube.
10 Rosanna Pansino: $2.5 Million
9 Roman Atwood: $2.5 Million
8 Lilly Singh: $2.5 Million
7 Michelle Phan: $3 Million
6 KSI: $4.5 Million
5 Rhett & Link: $4.5 Million
4 Lindsey Stirling: $6 Million
3 Fine Brothers: $8.5 Million
2 Smosh: $8.5 Million
1 PewDiePie: $12 Million
The comedian and gamer known as PewDiePie by fans sits atop the list of the highest paid YouTube stars for 2015. Felix Kjellberg has been known to be a private person when not “on,” and the amount of money that he has made from his videos is a subject you should not bring up if you meet him. He once told Icon magazine that he was “extremely tired of talking about how much I make” (h/t Business Insider). Some might think that is a negative attitude to have considering all of the success that he has enjoyed. When you are making $12 million a year off of YouTube, you can have any attitude you want.
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