Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, better known by his YouTube handle “PewDiePie”, brought home $7.4 million last year. PewDiePie’s known for his loud-mouthed voiceovers of video games, which he’s created since 2010. His 37 million-strong “Bro Army” continues to grow, and has even prompted Kjellberg to create his own forum for discussions. The famous gamer is rather secretive about his income; most of it comes from ad revenue, however, he has sponsored some games and ad campaigns.
When it comes to money, this London-based YouTuber would rather be known for his charitable fundraisers: in 2014, Kjellberg raised $1 million in various donations for Save the Children, Charity: Water, St. Jude, and the World Wildlife Fund.
Mr. Beast is well known on Twitch for donating large sums of money to streamers, but he’s also famous for being one of the highest-paid YouTube stars out there. Most of his income comes from companies sponsoring his videos, but he makes plenty through ad revenue, too. Mr. Beast makes an estimated $15 million per year.
Along with his brother, Logan, Jake Paul makes up one of the few family dynasties found on Youtube. We’re not entirely sure what exactly his channel is *about*, but with an estimated worth of $11.5 million, he’s clearly doing something right.
Despite a 2018 controversy where Logan Paul recorded a dead body in Japan’s “Suicide Forest”, he’s still one of Youtube’s biggest stars today. It’s estimated that he’s worth at least $12.5 million.
David Dobrik has a life that’s beyond enviable. Overall, Dobrik makes an estimated $13 million per year through his 13.8 million subs, but most of that money is spent back into his videos. How? Well, he’s known for spending ridiculous amounts of money to make his friends happy. That has included highly-sought-after Hamilton tickets and 15 brand new cars.
Jenna Mourey joined YouTube as JennaMarbles in February 2010. While most of the YouTubers on our list rose to internet fame through video games, Jenna became a YouTube celeb by essentially being herself. Videos such as “How to Trick People Into Thinking You’re Good Looking” and “Drunk Makeup Tutorial” contributed to her channel’s nearly 2 billion views. Mourey has even made a cameo appearance on Millionaire Matchmaker.
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Cosmetics are big business on Youtube, and no one has managed to capture the market quite like Jeffree Star. While a majority of his income comes from the actual products he sells, it’s estimated that he’s made over $14 million with advertising on Youtube.
Anyone who says that video games can’t be a career clearly hasn’t heard of Markiplier. His gaming channel brings in millions of views a month, and he’s reportedly worth $12.5 million.
Started as a parody of desperate Youtubers looking for their big break, Miranda Sings is now a full-time job for her creator, Colleen Ballinger. Miranda’s mix of misplaced confidence and bizarre behavior have made her a Youtube classic, and it’s estimated she’s worth $8 million dollars.
You can’t mention the beauty community without also mentioning James Charles. This makeup star blew up seemingly overnight and makes around $12 million per year. His main YouTube channel has over 16 million subscribers, and that number is only growing.
Rhett and Link
Rhett and Link are Youtube stars and real-life BFFs. The two have known each other since grade school, but these days they’re more likely to be working on a new comedy sketch as opposed to playing tag. Their combined estimated worth is around $7.5 million.
Christine Sydelko first rose to fame as a comedian on the now-defunct app Vine, but she’s managed to find a home on Youtube as well. Her absurd videos and deadpan delivery have delighted her fans to the tune of $10 million.
Why people love video game commentary we’ll never know. What we do know is this: it’s a great market to get rich in. Irish-born Sean McLoughlin (known on Youtube as Jacksepticeye) makes a living with his video game commentaries and is worth an estimated $16 million.
With over 14 million followers, Lilly Singh’s blend of comedic videos and business know-how has made her one of the most popular Youtubers on the platform. She’s worth an estimated $10.5 million dollars currently.
While most Youtube stars come and go over the years, only a few remain titans on the platform--and that includes Shane Dawson. One of Youtube’s earliest stars, Dawson is currently worth an estimated $12 million.
Tati Westbrook has been on YouTube for a long time and is known for helping stars like James Charles break into the beauty guru community. Tati makes around $9 million from YouTube alone, but she started her own company, which sells hair, skin, and nail supplements, so we’re guessing she’s gonna start making a lot more soon.
Like many Youtube stars, Evan Fong is most well known for his gaming videos on the VanossGaming channel. However, the Youtuber also dabbles in music and is worth an estimated $15.5 million dollars.
Move over Ryan’s Toys! One of the newest high-paid YouTubers is Anastasia Radzinskaya. This Russian eight-year-old makes a whopping $18 million per year. She has over 15 million subscribers, and her videos mostly depict daily life and playing with toys.
KSI, also known as Olajide Olayinka Williams Olatunji, is one of the biggest YouTubers to come out of England. He’s most known for his FIFA videos and original rap music. However, he soon picked up vlogging and began to appear with other huge YouTubers, such as Logan Paul. KSI makes around $3.2 million per year.
BluCollection ToyCollector’s videos are similar to DC Toys Collector; they both are run by anonymous creators who unbox and review children’s toys. BluCollection’s videos have a different angle: he focuses on car toys, and records his videos in Spanish or Portuguese. Just like the other secret toy reviewer on our list, viewers are guessing at the true identity of the BluCollection ToyCollecter. Some people think that he and the Disney Collector are married.
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Who is the soft-spoken woman behind the FunToyzCollector account? We may never know. We do know she’s been on YouTube since 2012, uploads one video a day, and brought in nearly $5 million in income last year.
She calls herself Disney Collector, and her videos all follow the same format: she unboxes a children’s toy and describes the item in-depth. There are tons of unboxing videos on YouTube, but it’s worth mentioning that the elusive Disney Collector earns money solely through video advertisements.
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Trisha Paytas is just like you and me, and it shows in her channel’s videos. You can find clips of Paytas doing everything from chowing down on a good meal to crying on the floor...if that’s your thing. Living her life in front of a camera has earned her an estimated $4 million dollars.
Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox have been filming Smosh videos since 2005, and ten years later, they’re doing better than ever. What began as a single comedy channel full of pop culture references exploded into seven spin-off channels, a Smosh app, and a movie on DVD and iTunes. While the original Smosh duo no longer appear in videos, the channel makes bank every year.
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Yogscast Lewis & Simon
Lewis Brindley and Simon Lane were behind the channel formerly known as “BlueXephos”, where they started off with World of Warcraft videos. The times have changed; Minecraft is the game du jour, and Larry and Simon have shifted their focus to the block-y sensation. Lewis and Simon belong to a group called Yogscast, a circle of gamers on YouTube.
Back in 2012, the Yogscast team attempted to fund their own video game called Yogventures, but their project ended in an embarrassing financial screw-up in the form of a mismanaged Kickstarter project. After receiving $567,665 at the end of their campaign, the creation of the game fell through, and backers weren’t able to receive refunds. Yikes.
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Ryan Toys Review
Let’s face it: this elementary school-aged kid is probably richer than any of us ever will be. His toy review channel has become a hit with parents looking for gift ideas and other kids who want to see the newest, coolest gadgets in action.
The five members of the Dude Perfect Youtube channel are estimated to be worth $14 million collectively. The group has managed to find a profitable niche among viewers who love their comedy-inspired sports content.
There’s good money in gaming. Alastair Aiken, better known as Ali-A, is a British YouTuber that’s known for playing games like Fortnite and Call of Duty. His subscriber count is currently 16.4 million, which gives him an estimated $8.7 million per year.
Minecraft is a lucrative game, and no one knows this better than DanTDM. This Youtuber makes a living off of Minecraft tip videos and is estimated to be worth $16.5 million.
Preston, or Preston Arsement, is mostly a gaming channel with a primary focus on Minecraft and Call of Duty. He runs four channels, PrestonPlayz, TBNRFrags, PrestonMinecraft, and PrestonRoblox. Between all four of these channels, he makes somewhere around $6.2 million per year!
JoJo Siwa is an up-and-coming popstar that makes an estimated $9 million per year through her two YouTube channels. Together, she has more than 13 million subscribers with an extremely strong fanbase. We’re not sure what’ll happen as she grows up, but she’s happy in the limelight for now.
Ray William Johnson is known as the first YouTube millionaire. He’s also one of the first to retire; even though his RayWilliamJohnson channel is still up and active, he no longer stars in those videos. Johnson’s newest project is his production studio, Equals Three, which has several shows under its name.
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