Some of the wealthiest stars of 2015 that have gained their hard-won wealth via YouTube present their success stories for all to benefit from.
Someone may be relatively unknown if you name them in public. But give their YouTube pseudonym and you will get instant recognition from many Net freaks that frequent their favorite haunts in cyberspace.
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Take Felix Kjellberg for example. His usual name will get a bland stare from any passerby. But say the magic words “PewDiePie” and some from among his 40 million subscribers will lend a response that has more zing to it.
The Swedish Kjellberg is the richest YouTube star on planet earth. He earns $12 million per year which is a sizable amount of money alright. And what does this “gentleman” do to broadcast himself on YouTube?
Why, he uses interesting and florid curse words while playing video games. This is enough of a source of amusement for the public which cannot help itself. The huge amount of followers and fans he has on YouTube keep the ads on his site coming in scads. And so the result is that he is earning a pretty penny thanks to his creative linguistic skills.
This year, a list of the top ten sites earning the most on YouTube was compiled and Kjellberg emerged on top of the pile. The earnings were tallied before the taxation process slashed them considerably.
At #10 was a person who earned $2.5 million. Among the ratings agencies that were employed in the survey may be included: Nielsen, IMDB and a number of interviews that yielded valuable data.
The media personalities that have made large amounts of cash in the process are a shining example of creativity at its best and they love their work which is more of a hobby than a vocation.
Among the repertoire of activities these highly talented individuals are into may be included: commentary on stuff, comic skits, lectures on cosmetics and dancing guidance while the emotional music from a violin comes from the background.
These young and brave lads and lasses have made making money look like child’s play and the dollars and cents that enter their coffers are put to good use. YouTube has become a vantage point for brand building and self-projection.
The money comes from ads placed in sync with the video clips. Other stars besides Kjellberg are on cloud nine too. They include: Olajide Olatunji, Smosh and the Fine Brothers, Rhett & Link, Lilly Singh, Roman Atwood, Lindsey Stirling, Michelle Phan and Rosanna Pansino.
These cool individuals have got it made. And the good thing is they are enjoying every minute of the process through which they are raking in millions on a yearly basis.
Complete list of Forbes Top 10 Highest-Paid YouTube Stars of 2015 is given below with their annual earnings.
1. PewDiePie: $12 million
2 (tie). Smosh: $8.5 million
2 (tie). Fine Brothers: $8.5 million
4. Lindsey Stirling: $6 million
5 (tie). Rhett & Link: $4.5 million
5 (tie). KSI: $4.5 million
7. Michelle Phan: $3 million
8 (tie). Lilly Singh: $2.5 million
8 (tie). Roman Atwood: $2.5 million
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8 (tie). Rosanna Pansino: $2.5 million