The video-game-playing bro, who’s birth name is Felix Kjellberg, is the world’s highest-paid YouTube star, having earned $12 million over the past year and thereby topping Forbes magazine’s first-ever ranking of the top-paid stars on the Google video platform.
The 25-year-old Swedish gamer has nearly 40 million YouTube subscribers and earns the bulk of his income from advertisements on his channel.
The duos of Smosh — Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla — and the Fine Brothers — Benny and Rafi Fine — were runner-ups with $8.5 million. “Smosh” recently starred in the aptly titled film “Smosh: The Movie.”
Chanteuse Lindsey Stirling came in fourth with $6 million. The violinist also made our Famechangers list.
Comedians Rhett and Link — aka Rhett McLaughlin and Charles Lincoln Neal III — and video game commentator Olajide Olatunji — known as “KSI” — tied for fifth with $4.5 million.
Self-taught make-up artist Michelle Phan was seventh at $3 million.
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Comedian Lilly Singh — called “Superwoman” — prankster Roman Atwood and chef Rosanna Pansino came in eighth with $2.5 million each.
Here’s the full list:
1. PewDiePie: $12 million
2. (Tie) Smosh and Fine Brothers: $8.5 million
4. Lindsey Stirling: $6 million
5. (Tie) Rhett & Link and KSI: $4.5 million
7. Michelle Phan: $3 million
8. (Tie) Lilly Singh, Roman Atwood and Rosanna Pansino: $2.5 million