This 22-Year-Old Is Now the Most Popular TikToker in the World

He lost his job as a factory worker in the early days of the pandemic before establishing himself on the platform.

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By Amanda Breen

Move over, Charli D'Amelio — there's a new TikTok star at the top.

Khaby Lame, a 22-year-old Senegalese-born creator, became the most followed person on TikTok on Wednesday night, The Verge reports.

D'Amelio was one of TikTok's original superstars; she and her sister Dixie skyrocketed to fame with their seconds-long dancing videos, admittedly on accident, and have raked in a staggering amount on the platform since — an estimated $27.5 million last year, per Forbes.

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Who is Khaby Lame?

Khabane "Khaby" Lame was a laid-off factory worker in the northern industrial Italian town of Chivasso in the early days of the pandemic, The New York Times reported last year.

After losing his job, Lame moved back into his family's apartment, but rather than throwing himself into the job search (as his father wanted him to), he began to establish himself on TikTok, under the name Khaby Lame.

Lame took advantage of the viral and often ridiculously complicated life hack videos that inundate the platform, posting wordless reaction clips in response and demonstrating easier ways to accomplish the task at hand. For example, in one video, someone uses scissors, an electric drill, a syringe, and superglue to craft a toothbrush with built-in toothpaste...and Lame responds by simply squeezing toothpaste onto a toothbrush.

Related: How to Integrate TikTok Into Your Video Marketing Strategy

How many followers does Khaby Lame have?

Lame currently boasts 143.3 million followers on TikTok.

What is Khaby Lame's net worth?

According to an estimate published by Celebrity Net Worth when Lame had 115 million TikTok followers, the comedian allegedly boasted a net worth of $5 million.

D'Amelio is worth about $17.5 million, per Forbes.

Related: How to Use TikTok to Promote Your Business

Amanda Breen

Entrepreneur Staff

Features Writer

Amanda Breen is a features writer at She is a graduate of Barnard College and recently completed the MFA in writing at Columbia University, where she was a news fellow for the School of the Arts during the 2020-2021 academic year. 

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