Violinist extraordinaire Lindsey Stirling is YouTube’s top-earning musician, raking in an estimated $6 million in the 12 months ending in June, according to a Forbes list of the video site’s highest paid stars. "It’s a very loyal fan base that wants you to succeed because they found you," she recently said of her YouTube fans.
As impressive as her earnings were, Stirling was out-monetized on the list by two sets of comedy duos and a Swedish guy who plays video games. At No. 1 was PewDiePie, the video-game player, who earned $12 million thanks to his 40 million subscribers. Second place was a tie between comedy act Smosh and the Fine Brothers, producers of the React video series. Both duos brought in $8.5 million.