Forbes reveals the highest-paid YouTube stars of 2015


American business site Forbes has published a list of the ‘highest-paid YouTube stars this year’, with the selection of wealthy creators featuring PewDiePie, Smosh, Lindsey Stirling, Rhett & Link and more.

The article, which was published earlier in the week by Madeline Berg, takes a shot at estimating the annual income of some of the video-sharing website’s global personalities.


PewDiePie is taking over the world

As expected, first place sees Swedish gamer PewDiePie take the crown. According to Forbes, PewDiePie made ‘$12 million pretax over the past year’, with Madeline Berg adding: “Thanks to the millions of fans who make up his “bro army,” advertisers are willing to pay a pretty penny to have their products featured in his videos”.

“PewDiePie made $12 million pretax over the past year” – Madeline Berg

Next up comes comedy duo Smosh, who are said to have made $8.5 million in 2015. Entertainers Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla have their fingers in plenty of pies, although SMOSH: The Movie was met with mixed reviews when it arrived earlier in the year.

YouTube’s Fine Brothers are listed in third place, although their income is listed as the same as Smosh at $8.5 million.

Here at Tube Chum, we’re not surprised to see PewDiePie take the top spot. A resourceful graphic designer has put together an infographic to really put PewDiePie’s total number of subscribers into perspective and the result is pretty mind-blowing.

The image, created by Reddit user LLL2013, shows that PewDiePie’s subscriber count is higher than the total population of countries including Australia, Norway, Chile and Mongolia. Blimey.


The Smosh lads have had a remarkable year

For many, these figures will come as no surprise. PewDiePie’s place in YouTube’s hall of fame is cemented and the YouTuber has been keeping busy recently working on his new book (This Book Loves You) and a mobile game (PewDiePie: Legend of the Brofist) for smartphones and tablets.

For the full list of the highest-paid YouTube stars of 2015, head over to Forbes.

What do you make of this list of the richest YouTubers? Let us know by tweeting us at @TubeChum.

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Tom Morgan

Tom Morgan

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