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Here’s how much YouTube’s top earners made last year

It’s no secret that there’s plenty of cash to be made peddling premium content on YouTube.

You might be shocked at the scale of the earnings however, which have now been revealed in a new Forbes report.

The article ranks this year’s top ten earners based on capital gained through YouTube in the 12 months leading up to June 1, 2015.

Taking top spot is – no surprise here – PewDiePie, who’s made his fortune off the back of video game playthrough videos.

However, while two gamers feature on the list, there’s by no means a monopoly. The roster also features comedy acts, musical talent, and make-up sages.

Check out the full list below:

  1. PewDiePie – $12 million
  2. Smosh – $8.5 million
  3. Fine Brothers – $8.5 million
  4. Lindsey Stirling – $6 million
  5. Rhett & Link – $4.5 million
  6. KSI – $4.5 million
  7. Michelle Phan – $3 million
  8. Lilly Singh – $2.5 million
  9. Roman Atwood – $2.5 million
  10. Rosanna Pansino – $2.5 million

Maybe it’s time to quit your day job.

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