Forbes, known for its annual world's billionaires list, has compiled a list detailing the most successful YouTube stars. The list was compiled using data from sources including Nielsen and IMDB, as well as various interviews with some of the stars, their agents, managers, and industry analysts, among others, to provide as clear of a picture as possible about who is raking in the most revenue.
Here's a look at the top five spots for people who are making the big bucks on YouTube.
No. 1 PewDiePie
No. 2 Smosh and Fine Brothers (Tie)
Both acts tie for the second spot with an estimated $8.5 million in earnings in the past year. Smosh is an online comedy duo who run 5 YouTube channels, even spawning "Smosh" The Movie." The Fine Brothers, Benny and Rafi Fine, are known for their hilarious reaction video series, showing everything from "Elders React to 3D Printers" to "Kids React to Old Computers."
No. 4 Lindsey Stirling
This talented musician found a following on YouTube. Since joining in 2007, her videos have garnered more than 1.1 billion views, showing her playing the violin, dancing and having fun. Of her YouTube fame, Stirling told Forbes: "It’s a very loyal fan base that wants you to succeed because they found you. It wasn’t some big radio station or record label that shoved art down someone’s throat."
No. 5 Rhett & Link and KSI
Both acts tie for the fifth spot, raking in a cool $4.5 million. Comedy duo Rhett & Link have amassed part of their fortune thanks to earnings from sponsored deals, according to Forbes.
KSI has more than 2 billion views of his video game commentary videos. In April, he released a song called "Lamborghini" -- something the YouTube star can certainly afford with his $4.5 million payday.