In the age of viral content, it's not always easy to create stuff that will gather a huge number of followers. But some achieve that milestone by constantly creating top-notch content over a period of time.

YouTube, being one of the most prominent social networking platforms, allows individuals to create videos that ultimately lead to fame as well as great wealth.

Here is the top list of stars on YouTube recently published by Forbes . The data is based on the reports from Nielsen, IMDB and other sources, as well as interviews with agents, managers, lawyers, industry insiders and the stars themselves.

1. Felix Kjellberg

Earned US $12 million in one year

The 25-year-old Swede is the top-earning individual on YouTube and he has earned US $12 million over the past year for providing commentary while playing video games.

2. Lindsay StirlingEarned US $6 million in one year.

Lindsey Stirling , known as the dancing violinist, used YouTube to propel herself to fame and earned $6 million in a 12 month period prior to June. Till now, two albums have been released, Shatter Me and Lindsey Stirling , which further led to a book deal.

3. Rhett & Link

Earned US $4.5 million.

Rhett & Link , known as Rhett McLaughlin and Charles Lincoln Neal III, made US $4.5 million through various sponsored content deals, including Gillette, Wendy’s and Toyota.

4. Michelle Phan

Earned US $3 million.

Michelle uploaded her first video, a natural makeup tutorial, from a grainy webcam in 2007. About 40,000 people watched it in the first week followed by hundreds of comments.

5.Lily SinghEarned US $2.5 million in the past one year.

Known to her fans as Superwoman , Lily Singh has earned US $2.5 million over the past year with her jokes. She has attracted a huge cult following across the globe. Her recent tour, A Trip to Unicorn Island , hit over 25 cities worldwide.

6. Rosana PansinoEarned US $2.5 million.

Rosanna Pansino is a self-trained pastry chef who made $2.5 million through videos on cooking. She brought about a revolution in the cooking show format to the internet and will soon launch a cookbook in the month of November.

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