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Top Ten Highest Paid YouTubers

Top Ten Highest Paid YouTubers

Many people are waking up to a new career. The internet sensation allows anyone to become a journalist or even start an online series. While some people started it as a hobby or just for fun, it can be so much more. These videos can be a way to make money online for not only individuals but businesses online. Anyone can upload a video to YouTube. But not everyone has what it takes to make money off it or far less in some rare cases make a living income off these videos.

Who are the top income YouTubers earners?

Do you have any idea how much money a top YouTube income earner make? Hold on to your chair because it is going to get crazy. How does $22 million a year sound to you? Unbelievable right? But this is actually true. According to Forbes, this is the list of the top income earners for YouTube

  1. Ryan ToysReview – $22 million
  2. Jake Paul – $21.5 million
  3. Dude Perfect – $20 Million
  4. DanTDM – $18.5 million
  5. Jeffree Star – $18 million
  6. Markiplier – $17.5 million
  7. VanossGaming – $17 million
  8. Jacksepticeye – $16 million
  9. PewDiePie – $15.5 million
  10. Logan Paul - $14.5 million

 

10. Logan Paul – $14.5 million

Logan Paul made the list even under controversy. He was suspended for three months and his account was marked with a “strike”. He lost top status on the Google platform preferred ads program accessible only to the elite creators. This came because he filmed himself in a video that violated YouTube policies. He appeared near what was perceived as a body hanging from a tree in a Japanese forest.  This three-month strike meant that the loss ad revenues not to mention sales and income from crowdfunding and merchandising websites. Despite this controversy, he still ended up as YouTube 10th highest income earner making a grand total of $14.5 million 

9. PewDiePie – $15.5 million

Despite even more criticism and controversy, the 9th place top earner  PewDiePie.still managed to make the list. He has had several controversial videos for his anti-Semitic and racist videos last year. While the controversy did cost him some drawbacks in placements as he ranked #6 his earnings did not suffer as much. PewDiePie, a Swedish born and at 27 years old his videos were reckless moves on his part. Felix Kjellberg, PewDiePie real name got delisted by both YouTube and Disney last year when he posted a video laughing while two men in the background held up a poster “Death to all Jews”  As if that was not bad enough, he again came under criticism by his fans when he used the n-word during a live stream.

His third incident happened this year, this time he made fun of Demi Lovato’s hospitalization. He made a meme showing the “sober” singer trying to get money from her mother to purchase a burger, but instead used the money to buy heroin instead. His meme came for even more criticism with him losing some subscribers but he only deleted two days after Lovato was hospitalized for an overdose Controversy or not, PewDiePie still ranked #9 with a total income of $15.5 million

8. Jacksepticeye – $16 million

He is young, energetic and a video game commentator. Foul language is the second language to him and he is one of Ireland’s top YouTuber.  He is none other than Sean Mc Laughlin who goes by the handle “Jacksepticeye”. With over 20 million subscribers on his channel, Jacksepticeye has placed #8  amassing a total of $16 million income

7. VanossGaming – $17 million

If you are a gamer, then you will be happy to see yet another international gamer who made the list. In 7th place, VanossGaming made $17million doing what he loves best. Playing mainstream games like Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty. What videos does this Canadian whose real name is Evan Fong makes for his fans you probably asking? He creates videos of his game commentary and has more than 23 million subscribers. What a way to bang in the bucks!

6. Markiplier – $17.5 million

In 6th place guess who is has made this rank? None other than another gamer!! This time he is from America and is 29 years old. His real name is Mark Edward Fischbach aka Markiplier. His signature move is to create “Lets\s Play Videos” whereby he gives his subscribers real-time commentary to games as he plays them. It is like having a mentor to show you what to do. In 2014, he appeared on Jimmy Kimmel live to show the world what he does to make the big bucks!

5. Jeffree Star – $18 million

He was first popular on MySpace and later on in 2006 joined YouTube to share amateur music videos as well as tutorials on makeup, since that time, he has gone on to launch his own brand of cosmetics Jeffree Star. Star now sells over $100 million worth of products annually. He is popular based on his unique personality as he is not afraid to be different. He calls his YouTube earnings "play" money. At 16 million subscribers that earned him 5th place amassing a total of $18 million in 2018. This 34-year-old must have some serious cash if that is all play money to him!

4. DanTDM – $18.5 million

Last year’s top YouTube earner was none other than  Daniel Middleton. However, this year he is ranked at #4 going by the username DanTDM. While he is also a gamer and his videos are mostly based on this. However, most of his recent focus is on Minecraft. Middleton also makes his income from his Merch  line as well as going on tours

3. Dude Perfect – $20 Million

At over 36 million subscribers, Dude Perfect’s speciality in complicated trick shots. This five-man crew create videos from real-life trick shots from everyday activities into complex manoeuvres. These trick shots amassed a total $20 million ranking at 3rd place top earner

2. Jake Paul – $21.5 million

Coming in at second place is the younger brother of YouTuber Logan Paul, Jake Paul. This 21-year-old is not a newbie to stardom having gotten popular for his Disney role as Dirk in the series “Bizaardvark” More than 800,000 shelled out $10 just to watch a boxing match on pay per view in which Paul orchestrated with another fellow YouTuber. The interesting thing is that neither one of them were a professional boxer. But this is what happens when you have 17 million subscribers. Jake Paul made $21.5 million 

1. Ryan ToysReview – $22 million

Who would have believed it that the #1 YouTube earner is none other than a 7-year-old boy who reviews toys for other kids?

In 2017, his channel reportedly made $11 million and came in at number 8 but with his growing popularity he has been moving up the charts. His subscribers are both parents and children who watch his videos to see the reviews on the toys and his commentary on them.

The most unbelievable factor is that Ryan only started in 2015 and at the time he was just 4 years old. Which means you can never be too young or too old to start making a Channel.  But more importantly, once you have content that people enjoy and you are consistent, then it is not very hard. One of his video which was featured  Easter eggs as well as a bouncy house gained over 1.6 billion views. He has over 25 billion views and 17 million subscribers. No wonder he is the No 1 YouTube top earner. Ryan has now gone to have his own line of collectables at Walmart

It is never too late to start a YouTube Channel. Can you make it to the top 10? It is possible but you need some winning ingredients first. You need great content so that is easy to get subscribers. You need to be consistent and post frequently. These YouTubers work hard at their brand. But they choose topics that they were passionate about. It is not only about money.

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