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Since YouTube was created in 2005, it has given everyday people the opportunity to showcase their creativity, generate content and make money while doing it. Through advertisements, brand endorsements, and continued success, people of all ages are making millions off YouTube. NeoReach compiled a list of the top highest paid YouTubers, which includes nine men and one woman.
Top 10 Highest Paid YouTubers You Should Subscribe To
By Ellie Rushing
Dan Middleton, known online as DanTDM, is a British YouTuber with over 19 million subscribers and 12 billion total views on his videos. Middleton grew internet fame through Minecraft videos, which attracted people of all ages. Now, he has a live show on YouTube Red and took a live 50-show tour through the Sydney Opera House, which according to BBC, became the second fastest-selling show in the venue’s history. He captures his audience’s’ attention with unique thumbnails and headlines like “MY OWN DINOSAUR PARK” and “EATING AN ENTIRE CITY” before springing his personality and charm that keeps people watching. Middleton topped Forbes’ list of highest paid YouTubers, earning $16.5 million in only one year. He is the 36th most subscribed channel.
Evan Fong, known online as VanossGaming, is a Canadian video game player and internet personality. He plays popular games like Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty, racking in more than 23 million YouTube subscribers and over 9 billion video views. His videos are a compilation of different game sessions, where he attracts huge name brands like BMW and PlayStation to sponsor his videos. Forbes reported he sells in up to $450,000 per video from sponsors and has earned up to $15.5 million in one year.
Dude Perfect is a five-person sports entertainment group featuring twins Coby and Cory Cotton, Garrett Hilbert, Cody Jones, and Tyler Toney, who were all basketball teammates and roommates at Texas A&M University. Their YouTube channel has over 31 million subscribers and has popular videos of trick shots and stunts backed by upbeat music. They tie together comedy and athleticism and even hold various Guinness World Records. They have been featured on ESPN and have endorsements from major names in professional sports. Their overall income in one year according to Forbes is $14 million.
Mark Fischbach, or Markiplier, provides play-by-play commentary for video games, specifically, Let’s Play survival horror games. His soothing voice and hilarious jokes have earned him over 20 million subscribers and over 9 billion video views. His perfectly timed yelling, screaming and cursing even earned him some star collaborations with people like Jack Black and Jimmy Kimmel. Overall, his earnings rack up at $12.5 million, according to Forbes.
Logan Paul first gained popularity by posting videos on the app Vine, but now has over 17 million YouTube subscribers that watch his daily vlogs, short films and comedy sketches. Now Paul’s career has skyrocketed into acting on shows like Law and Order: SVU and movies with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. His reputation has taken a hit after posting controversial videos, which resulted in YouTube temporarily suspending his ad revenue and losing around $1 million. However, his total income still comes out to $12.5 million.
Felix Kjellberg, or PewDiePie, is a Swedish YouTuber and game commentator. With nearly 64 million subscribers, his channel has the most subscribers on YouTube. His videos fall into the Let’s Play category, as he shares game moments with his fans. His videos are extremely personal, starting out every episode with a high-pitched, goofy introduction before diving into the content. His unique style of game videos makes him the sixth-highest paid YouTuber, bringing in $12 million a year.
Jake Paul, brother to Logan Paul, also earned his fame from making Vine videos. He starred in the Disney Channel show Bizaardvark before Disney parted ways with him in the middle of filming a season in 2017. Like his brother Logan, Jake has been in his share of controversies for disturbing neighborhoods, getting fired, and filming explicit videos. Nonetheless, his channel has close to 16 million subscribers, earning him $11.5 million.
Smosh, a comedy YouTube channel run by Ian Andrew Hecox and Daniel Anthony Padilla, was started in 2005 and now has over 22 million subscribers and 7 billion views. It is the 23rd most subscribed YouTube channel, featuring random funny videos with titles like “Charlie The Drunk Guinea Pig.” They created successful apps and cartoons before laughing a movie called Smosh: The Movie and featuring their voices in The Angry Birds Movie. They make $11 million.
Ryan ToysReview is a channel run by a young kid who gives intricate reviews on various toys. The channel, which has nearly 15 million subscribers, releases a new toy review every day, many of which have received over a billion views. According to Forbes’ magazine, Ryan is the 8th highest paid YouTube entrepreneur, having brought in $11 million in revenue between 2016 and 2017.
Lilly Singh, known on YouTube as IISuperWomanII, is an Indian-Canadian YouTube star and the highest paid female YouTuber according to Forbes, making $10.5 million. She frequently portrays Punjabi culture in her videos, adding a satirical take on her everyday life. She’s won awards from MTV, Teen Choice, and People’s Choice. She’s even released a book, film, and a lipstick line.
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