The 10 Highest-Paid YouTube Stars Made $127 Million In 2017

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The 10 highest-paid YouTubers made 80% more compared to last year, thanks to extra savviness

Though the title “YouTube star” doesn’t mean much to most people, when you look at how much these online celebrities are raking in, you’d be compelled to take them seriously. Last month, Forbes released the list of The World’s Highest-Paid YouTube Stars 2017.

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Thanks to ad revenue, sponsorships, and merchandise sales, this year’s highest-paid YouTubers have made $127 million all in all—80% more than last year’s top 10. Almost half of them are YouTubers, and their ages range from 6 to 30+. Here they are:

10. Lilly Singh – $10.5 million

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Comedian Lilly Singh, the only woman on this list, is all about being a “bawse”. In 2016, she released a red lipstick with Smashbox called BAWSE. (In the same year, she released her first feature film  A Trip to Unicorn Island). Her 2017 New York Times bestseller How to be a Bawse got her a six-figure advance. She obviously knows what’s up.

9/8 (tie). Ryan ToysReview – $11 million

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Ryan is like any other six-year-old kid—he loves getting new toys, and he loves opening them. The only difference is, he gets paid to do it. In fact, he rakes in more than most adults dream of making in their lifetime. Ryan’s mom left her job as a high school chemistry teacher to manage the YouTube channel full-time.

9/8 (tie). Smosh – $11 million

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The most subscribed-to American YouTube channel (that isn’t a Vevo or official YouTube channel), Smosh was created by duo Padilla and Hecox. They were one of the first comedy show creators on the internet, creating their website smosh.com in 2002 before posting their first YouTube video in 2005. Since then, the Smosh team has grown, and in June 2017, Padilla left to pursue his solo YouTube channel.

7. Jake Paul – $11.5 million

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This former Vine star was fired from the Disney show Bizaardvark after bragging about enraging his neighbours. Now, like his older brother Logan (who also made this list), he makes vlogs that mostly feature pranks and stunts—each guaranteed to draw millions of views. Apart from his ad revenue, he makes money from his digital management agency and selling a crapton of merch.

6. Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) – $12 million

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Even though he’s still doing pretty well for himself, PewDiePie has had a terrible year. For two years running, he was the highest-earning YouTuber in the world. But after releasing of videos with racist language and anti-semitic imagery, Kjellberg came under fire, and advertisers dropped him like a hot potato.

5/4 (tie). Logan Paul – $12.5 million

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Former Vine star Paul made headlines this month after releasing a now-deleted vlog that featured a suicide victim in Japan’s Aokigahara Forest, which is also known as the “suicide forest”. The huge backlash has led to several petitions asking YouTube to take down his channel. But with the amount of money the platform is making from Paul’s channel, that isn’t likely to happen.

5/4 (tie). Mark Fischbach (Markiplier) – $12.5 million

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Fischbach is known for his dramatic play-by-play commentary of survival horror video games. He yells, screams, curses, and even cries. But he also makes vlogs to connect to his audience, and has also collaborated on sketch comedy and gaming videos with other YouTubers.

3. Dude Perfect – $14 million

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Twins Coby and Cory Cotton, Garrett Hilbert, Cody Jones, and Tyler Toney were college roommates, and now have the 13th most subscribed channel on YouTube. All of them are former high school basketball players, and their channel mostly involves silly stunts and tricks.

The group has launched four mobile games, the Cotton twins have released a book about their social media success, and in 2009, the group made the Guinness World Records for the longest basketball shot—a record they themselves would break three times.

2. Evan Fong (VanossGaming) – $15.5 million

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Fong is known for playing hugely popular titles like Grand Theft Auto V or Call of Duty: World at War. He has over 22 million subscribers, so it’s no wonder that sponsors shell out up to $450,000 to appear in his videos

1. Daniel Middleton (DanTDM) – $16.5 million

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The British Minecraft player has amassed over 11 billion views, has published a graphic novel, and recently went on a 5-show tour, selling out 4 nights at the Sydney Opera House. Though his channel is focused on Minecraft, he also plays other games, most notably Roblox and Tomodachi Life.

 

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Featured image: Youtube (Ryan ToysReview & PewDiePie) & Twitter (Lilly Singh)

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