Senegalese creator Khaby Lame may have overtaken Charli D’Amelio to become the biggest TikToker on the planet, but turns out she still rakes in way more coins from the app than he does. If you’re currently grinding at your retail job, you may want to avert your eyes. We’re about to talk big money.
22-year-old Khaby Lame’s TikTok following shot past Charli D’Amelio’s this week. At the time of writing, Lame boasts a whopping 143 million followers compared with D’Amelio and her 142 million.
Can we just pause for a sec to acknowledge that this is a difference of literally HALF A MILLION people but it seems teeny weeny when comparing these two creators?
According to Forbes, Charli D’Amelio rakes in a heaping USD$17.5M (AUD$25.2M) from TikTok alone.
Lame on the other hand only gets around USD$5M (AUD$7.2M) a year from the app. He reportedly charges around USD$50,000-$75,000 (AUD$72,000-$100K) for sponsored content. Whereas D’Amelio charges anywhere between $100K-$500K (AUD$144K-$721K). Plus she has a TV show. And her sister is also famous. Oh yeah, she also has a clothing brand. It all adds up to what ABBA would call “money, money, money.”
Kind of odd to think about how Charli is more well-known and well-paid than a TikTok competitor who literally has half a million more followers than her. Sounds about white.
D’Amelio was asked about losing her crown as TikTok’s number one creator while being interviewed at VidCon.
“I had number one for two years. It’s time for someone else to have that spot, and I’m proud of him,” the American 18-year-old said as per Tech Crunch.
“He’s a friend, and there’s no bad blood.
“It feels great to know that someone else is getting that spot, someone that is sweet and a good person and loves what they do.”
I gotta say, this is a VERY polite and diplomatic response. Charli D’Amelio has clearly been putting in the hard yards at media training.
It’s giving Robert Irwin gently rejecting a lady who asked for his phone number at the zoo earlier this month.
Khaby Lame’s content is mostly comedy sketches and parodies of life hack videos. He also never speaks in any of his videos! Instead, he relies on his abilities as a physical comedian to soar up the TikTok charts. Ya gotta respect the hustle.
Nearly every single one of his uploads from the past year has over 10 million views. Crikey, just imagine being perceived that much!
I particularly love that video where he wipes his face with an entire dog.
In addition to being man’s best friend, dogs are apparently also man’s best napkin. Who knew?