Forbes has released the list of the top 10 highest paid YouTubers for 2018. This list includes a 7 year old boy who reviews toys. The rankings exclusively features only males. And each of them is making at $14 million dollars.
Importantly, these people didn’t get all their money directly from their YouTube videos. The income flows in from brand deals, lines of merchandise, etc.
The list was based on the YouTubers’ earnings from June 1, 2017 to June 1, 2018.
The top 10 YouTube earners’ rank list
10. Logan Paul – $14.5 million
Logan Paul is the elder brother of Jake Paul, also on the list. Logan was the fourth highest earner last year but his earnings plummeted this year. This is due to a video he took in Japan’s Aokigahara forest that showed a dead body hanging from a tree. YouTube then pulled him out of their Google Preferred program taking a hit to ad revenue. However his loyal fans kept him making money through his videos and personal merchandise business.
9. PewDiePie – $15.5 million
Almighty PewDiePie is next on the list. Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg has been the most successful YouTuber in the past years. Just like Logan Paul, he’s been dealing with some recent scandals which is eating away into his earnings. He’s been accused of anti-Semitism. Still just like, Logan Paul, PewDiePie has managed to stay above water, increasing his overall income by about $3.5 million from June 2017 to June 2018.
The Swedish gamer is still the most followed YouTuber with more than 72 million subscribers.
8. JackSepticEye — $16 million
Real name Seán McLoughlin, is the most popular YouTuber in Ireland. He was one of the first YouTubers to be a part of PewDiePie’s Disney-sponsored Revelmode network. This feature helped him earn a massive following. He’s also a video game commenter just like PewDiePie.
7. Vanoss Gaming — $17 million
Next on the list is also a gamer, Evan Fong. Unlike the others, he usually doesn’t appear on camera. Fong has a personal clothing line and is said to have branched into Hip Hop under the name Rynx.
6. Markiplier — $17.5 million
Edward “Markiplier” Fischbach has been one of the most popular YouTube video gamers. He frequently collaborates with other influential content creators. Markiplier has more than 22 million followers on YouTube. Fischbach has co-founded with JackSepticEye (No. 8 on the list) a high-end athleisure line called Cloak.
5. Jeffree Star — $18 million
Star has been popular since the MySpace era. He was the most-followed person on MySpace, and has made a successful transition to YouTube. Star as a beauty mogul has his own company, Jeffree Star Cosmetics, which sells an estimated $100 million annually.
With just about 300 videos, Star has more than 11 million subscribers.
4. DanTDM — $18.5 million
Daniel Middleton comes next. DanTDM was the highest earner last year with $16.5 million. He has been playing Minecraft on-camera for six years and has a following of over 20 million. Middleton also has a thriving merchandise business, which includes backpacks, hoodies and baseball caps.
3. Dude Perfect — $20 million
Dude Perfect is a sports-oriented channel. This channel is run by a five-man crew: Coby and Cory Cotton (twins), Garrett Hilbert, Cody Jones and Tyler Toney.
They specialise is intricate trick-shots and stunts. They’ve done videos with a number of professional sportsmen including Chris Paul and Odell Beckham Jr.
2. Jake Paul — $21.5 million
The younger brother of Logan Paul (No. 10) continues to climb while Logan’s earnings stumbled. Jake’s earliest fame came from Vine, where he had more than 5 million follower and 2 billion views.
Jake releases rap videos to his 17 million followers every week.
1. Ryan ToysReview — $22 million
Kid’s channel, Ryan ToysReview takes the top spot this year. The host of the channel reviewing kids’ toys is Ryan, a 7 year old boy. The kid’s channel commands a following of 17 million subscribers.
In an exclusive partnership with Walmart, Ryan ToysReview has released a toy line called Ryan’s World.