Forbes Releases It's First Ever Top Influencers List

BY Kristina Rodulfo / Apr 20 2017 / 21:51 PM

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Forbes Releases It's First Ever Top Influencers List

Forbes magazine just released its first-ever "Top Influencers" list spotlighting those who've made major bank off of social media. The debut ranking first looks at influencers in the beauty, fitness, and home spaces, but the list will be published quarterly and will cover fashion (coming in September), travel (coming in June), food (coming in December), and more.

The combined following of the 30 social media stars featured is £250 million. According to the report created with social insight platform Captiv8 and influencer analytics firm Traackr, if they have 7 million subscribers or more on YouTube, vloggers could make up to $300,000 per post for a video partnership. Additionally, top influencers could make $187,000 per Facebook post, and $150,000 per Instagram post. Even on the "lower" end of the spectrum — those who have around 100,000 followers — influencers could make up to $5,000 per Instagram post.

That's not even counting what they make with book deals, apps, clothing lines, supplement brands, and other companies they start. Kayla Itsines, for example, made $17 million on her Sweat With Kayla app alone in 2016. Meanwhile, Michelle Phan co-founded cosmetics box Ipsy, which was valued at $500 million in 2015.

With that said, here are some of the big names Forbes called out:


1.    Zoe "Zoella" Sugg (@zoella)

I wish there was a goldfish emoji for this photo!

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2.  Michelle Phan (@michellephan)

So ready for Autumn.

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3.  Huda Kattan (@hudabeauty)

4.   Nikkie de Jager (@nikkietutorials)

5.  Shannon Harris (@shaaanxo)


1.    Kayla Itsines (@kayla_itsines)

2.  Jennifer Selter (@jenselter)

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3.  Emily Skye (@emilyskyefit)

4.   Michelle Lewin (@michelle_lewin)

5.  Joe Wicks (@thebodycoach)

Via Harper's Bazaar US