Reigning Queen of the internet, Lilly Singh has once again made the Forbes list as one of the highest paid YouTube stars of the year. She holds the 10th position this year on the list of popular YouTubers and made a whopping $10.5 million.
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YouTube sensation Lilly Singh (@iisuperwomanii) has climbed the ranks to earn the No. 10 position on our 2017 list of the Highest-Paid YouTube stars. The comedian and entertainer is the only woman to break into the top 10 and earned $10.5 million over the past year. 📷: Getty Images
As usual, Singh went to social media to thank her friends, fans, and family for their support. She is grateful for the opportunity to live her dream and consistently push herself to overcome her fears. She reiterates that she isn’t after money, she’s after growth, progress, and spreading positivity.
It feels surreal to be on the @forbes list again. Thank you for your support. I’m so grateful that my passion has become my career and that I’m excited to wake up every morning to tell stories. There was a time in my life when I felt like a robot without any real spark or desire. I went to school. Worked a job. Watched TV. Went to bed. Until one day I decided I didn’t want to live in a template. I worked really hard not only on my craft but also on my soul and mind. In addition to teaching myself how to edit, I taught myself how to identify my insecurities and work on them. I had to teach myself how to step out of my comfort zone over and over again. More than anything, I had to address my own fear and excuses and throw paint on their transparency. It’s not all about the money, but moments like this do leave me feeling proud because I remember the hustle that birthed them. I’m not here because I’ve been chasing cheques. I’m here because I’ve been chasing growth. Being one of the highest paid creators is a cool achievement (and admittedly a little strange) but if I’m very honest, the real riches come from personal evolution. One of the many things I’ve learned on this journey is that I can (and should) be bigger than myself. And for that reason, I want to address that last year there were many more females on this list. Although I am honoured to be featured, I am truly disheartened to be the only one this year. One of the things I love most about the digital space is its ability to create a new path that is unrestrained by systematic power and tradition. Just something to think about as we witness firsthand how rapidly this platform is changing and the direction being taken. I for one would be heartbroken if this platform followed a path lacking equal opportunity. Congrats to everyone on the list and to all of my sisters who should be on the list because I see y’all with your Uber LUXs. Keep fighting the good fight 🙏🏽💪🏽❤️ #Repost @womenatforbes ・・・ YouTube sensation Lilly Singh has climbed the ranks to earn the No. 10 position on our 2017 list of the Highest-Paid YouTube stars. The comedian and entertainer is the only woman to break into the top 10.
2017 was a great year for Singh, after her tours and the successful release of her book “How to be a Bawse,” she’s worked on expanding her brand. She’s collaborated with some amazing stars on her channel like The Rock, Priyanka Chopra. Liza Koshy, Nick Jonas, Justin Baldoni, Chelsea Handler, Bella twins, Amber Rose, Ryan Higa, Will Smith and more.
She joined Priyanka Chopra as the face of Pantene in India, released a new line of clothing, was featured in Justin Baldoni’s “Man Enough” web-series, released a new Rafiki bracelet for her #GirlLove campaign, made a cameo in Disney’s “Bizardvark,” the show “Life in Pieces,” and the teen flick “F the Prom,” partnered with Calvin Klein, featured in Humble the Poet’s “H.A.I.R.” video, got cast in HBO’s “Farenheit 450,” and accomplished so much more this year. Even her holiday videos have improved from Halloween to her 12 Days of Christmas series.
(I’m tired just from writing about all the projects she spearheaded. Does Singh ever rest?!)
Check out her wrap up video of 2017:
Though last year she was number 3 on the Forbes list, she made less money, a mere $7.5 million, so no big deal, right?
This year YouTube stars have made practically double the amount, with their influence growing and with expansion om merchandise, live shows, books, television appearances, movie roles, media deals, and more. The highest paid YouTuber of the year is Dan Middleton of the channel DanTDM. He made $16.5 million with the release of his graphic novels and a 50+ tour including four sold-out shows at the Sydney Opera House. Other top YouTubers include PewDiePie, Markiplier, Logan Paul, Jake Paul, Smosh and Ryan of Ryan Toy Reviews.