has released the income of 12 internet celebrities who raked in a cumulative RM300 million in 2016. Forbes
claims that their figures are based from data by Nielsen, IMDB, and other sources, as well as interviews with agents, managers, lawyers, industry insiders, and the stars themselves.
The Swede Felix Avrid Ulf Kjellberg took home US$15 million (RM66 million) this year, up 20% from last year due to his YouTube Red channel and his book, This Book Loves You.
highest earning star is Roman Atwood
, a prankster who fooled the Internet for US$8 million (RM35 million). His income grew 70% thanks to pre-roll advertisements on videos, a tour with fellow YouTuber Yousef Erakat, a feature film, an advance for his upcoming book, and a thriving online store. Ranked third on the list is Canadian rapper, Lilly Singh
Want to know the top three most subscribed YouTube channels in Malaysia?
#1 CartoonHooligans, 1,185,896 subscribers
This video has 46 million views and their total view count stands at 200 million views. They were the first Malaysian YouTube channel with one million subscribers and was started by Bram Lee, a cartoonist from Kedah. The channel is full of animated parody videos featuring Marvel characters fighting with Dragon Ball characters and it's almost completely done alone by Bram Lee.
#2 Astro Gempak, 1,054,615 subscribers
Barely beating out last kopek
by 10,000 subs is Astro Gempak. The variety channel focuses on the Malay entertainment market and its highest viewed video is Sleeq & Najwa Latif's song "Untuk Dia"
at 20 million views. Total views on the channel stands at 631 million.
#3 Les' Copaque Production, 1,045,644 subscribers
The English version of Upin and Ipin
titled New Toys
has 28 million views now. It was posted on March of last year. Les' Copaque is a 'pimping up' of the word last kopek.
So it's kind of like the Final Fantasy
of Malaysian 3D animation in that Final Fantasy
was similarly named because it was director Hiranobu Sakaguchi's final attempt at a game. We digress, look how far their last kopek
has come. We should have named our website Last Bite of Rojak.
If you're reading this in 2016, you're about 10 years too late to the party but who knows? You might get a viral hit on YouTube that will land you RM60 million in 2017. Get cracking.