With more than six million subscribers on Youtube, her own hashtag and a recent Teen Choice Award nomination, there’s no question Lilly Singh is taking the Internet by storm. Indo-Canadian YouTube star Lilly Singh tied with two other celebrities to become the eighth highest-earning YouTube celebrity at $2.5 million as part of Forbes magazine’s first stab at ranking YouTube stars.
The comedienne, had a three-way tie on the list of the “World’s Highest Paid YouTube Stars,” appearing in the Nov. 2 issue of Forbes, with prankster Roman Atwood and chef Rosanna Pansino. The top earner was Sweden’s Felix Kjellberg, 25, better known as “PewDiePie” at $12 million. YouTube stars make money mainly by getting paid to interact with products on their channels and sharing ad revenue with YouTube. Some, such as Singh, also star in movies, write books, go on tour, sell music or cut endorsement deals.
The 26-year-old Canadian, who is known to online fans as IISuperwomanII, admits there have been some famous faces who have helped her forge an incredible career to date. Singh recently completed her “A Trip to Unicorn Island” world tour and will be releasing a documentary based on the tour soon. Forbes, better known for its list of billionaires, said it measured earnings before management fees and taxes and came up with the figures based on data from online sources such as Nielsen, IMDb and interviews with managers, lawyers, industry insiders and the stars themselves.