Patrick Starrr, Bretman Rock, and Bella Poarch – all Filipino content creators – have been included in the inaugural Forbes Top Creators List.
The three digital platform stars were named in “The Forbes Top Creators List which will be the definitive annual ranking of the 50 highest-earning, most influential social natives across TikTok, YouTube, Instagram, Twitch, and other social platforms” launched by the American business magazine on September 8.
PATRICK STARRR, #14
Leading the Filipinos in 14th rank is make-up guru Patrick Starrr or Patrick Simondac. The Filipino-American in the 2021 edition of the A100 List of Most Impactful Asians is currently based in Los Angeles and works as a celebrity make-up artist, digital star, and beauty expert.
Forbes tells the story of Patrick Starrr who first discovered he was gay when he was 12 years old, but didn’t feel Orlando, Florida provided him with a place to express himself. The American-Filipino felt a pull toward cosmetics. After finishing high school, Starrr began working at the neighborhood M.A.C. store and, in 2013, he began posting cosmetics tutorials to YouTube, becoming an early makeup artist creator. His platform accelerated.
He has been in L’Oréal and M.A.C. ads. His own cosmetics company, ONE/SIZE, has amassed 235,000 Instagram followers.
The vlogger who is listed in the 100 Outstanding Filipinos in America has so far collected a total of 377,052,022 views on his YouTube Channel which also has 4.31 Million Subscribers from its 11.7M followers on all his social media accounts.
BRETMAN ROCK, #27
Next on the Forbes list is 24-year-old full-blood Filipino, Bretman Rock at rank 27th.
Beginning with beauty contour videos on TikTok, Bretman Rock’s journey to influencer popularity began. Since then, he has grown to include funny exercise, food, and fashion videos for his over 20 million TikTok fans. Rock has already gained widespread recognition thanks to his MTV reality series Following: Bretman Rock and its selection as the spokesperson for Nike’s “Be True” Pride campaign in 2021.
In the same year, Rock received the first-ever Breakthrough Social Star honor at the MTV Movie & TV Awards. He also gave the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) community a special shout-out in his acceptance speech of the award for the show where he celebrates his Filipino heritage.
In 2019, the beauty vlogger won the E! People’s Choice Awards.
Bretman Rock was previously on the 2018 Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Asia List of notable disruptors, innovators, and entrepreneurs who are below 30 years of age.
He was also named among TIME’s Most Influential Teens in 2017.
He and Bella Poarch are on the 2022 A100 List of Asians leading the Golden Age.
Currently, Bretman has 41.6 Million followers on his social media accounts.
BELLA POARCH, #29
Bella Poarch is the last of the three Filipinos who entered Forbes magazine’s choice of top creators in 2022. This 27-year-old TikTok superstar ranked 29th among the 50 Top Creators included in the Forbes list.
On this list, only Bella Poarch has a military background. Since gaining more than 90 million followers on TikTok thanks to her lip-synching videos, Poarch has successfully broken into the music industry.
Her single, “Build a B*tch,” peaked at No. 58 on the Billboard pop chart in May 2021, which now has more than 418 Million views on YouTube.
Poarch was honored together with fellow Filipino American music artists Olivia Rodrigo and Bruno Mars in the iHeartRadio Music Awards. She was also the cover star of the first music issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine.
Poarch has agreements with the video game Call of Duty and the upscale fashion business Moncler, making her one of the highest-paid TikTokers in 2021. She was also ranked by Forbes as the 4th highest paid TikTok influencer for the year 2022.
Bella Poarch and Bretman Rock are among the 13 Filipinos who made it to this year’s edition of the Gold House’s annual A100 List of pioneering Asians, Asian-Americans, and Pacific Islanders (APIs) driving the “new gold era” for races.
To be eligible for Forbes’ first-ever list of the most influential people on the Internet, the creator must meet Money, Fame, and Moxie requirements.
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