Youtube Mil­lion­aires

Forbes - - Leaderboard Hollywood -

Our first-ever rank­ing of the rich­est Youtu­bers (yeah, it’s a word) un­cov­ers 13 DIY flm­mak­ers mint­ing mil­lions by com­ment­ing on videogames, serv­ing up com­edy, blog­ging about beauty and even danc­ing while play­ing the vi­o­lin. The min­i­mum to make the fnal cut? $2.5 mil­lion in pre­tax earn­ings in the year end­ing June 1, 2015. Most of that cash comes from ad­ver­tise­ments, but some of these stars are di­ver­si­fy­ing into tra­di­tional tele­vi­sion and movies—and a few even have their own prod­uct lines, sell­ing ev­ery­thing from sweat­shirts to eye­liner. Six of the big­gest earn­ers gath­ered in the Youtube Space LA—A mas­sive 41,000-square-foot com­plex of pro­duc­tion stu­dios, edit­ing spa­ces and record­ing booths that oc­cu­pies a former air­port—in midSeptem­ber.

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