There are plenty of definitions for “The American Dream” but one of them is certainly getting filthy rich.
It seems like we're surrounded by examples of people going rags to riches, but how likely is it? The easiest way to become rich is to be born rich, but that's not an option for everyone. The odds of being born a billionaire are a lot better in North America and Europe than the rest of the world, but they're still not good.
As to getting rich on YouTube, it would be interesting to know how many YouTubers have made over a million dollars off of YouTube. I imagine the number is not high, and quite difficult to ascertain. I'm also pretty sure there should be an M after Michelle Phan's $3.
There are certain places where the rich, millionaires and billionaires, are more likely to be found. New York, Moscow, London, and also the in US Congress. Take a look at our Congress is Rich, B*tch infographic for a peek at congress's wealth statistics.