Here are the 10 richest YouTubers in the world
It's mad to think that making a YouTube channel used to be a hobby for most people. After a few years it offered some supplemental income, and then it became a full-time job. As of 2018, there are people out there raking in millions for their video content, and it's pretty hard not to be a little jealous.
Check out the list below to see the world's richest YouTubers, and exactly how much they earned in 2017 alone.
10. Lily Singh
The Canadian vlogger, author and actress is the only woman to make it into the top 10, with her videos amassing over 2 billion views so far. Under the pseudonym "||Superwoman||", she has gained 13 million subscribers since she began her channel in 2010. She offers satirical takes on everyday life, with celebrities such as Selena Gomez and Dwayne Johnson even collaborating with her. In 2017 alone she earned $10.5 million.
Ian Hecox is now the only member of the comedy channel, after his collaborator, Daniel Padilla, left back in June 2017. Starting with a website in 2002, they moved to YouTube in 2005, gaining 22.8 million subscribers by January 2018. Last year the sketch show earned them a stunning $11 million.
8. Ryan ToysReview
The Verge describes this channel, which currently has 12.9 million subscribers, as "a mash-up of personal vlogs and 'unboxing' videos, a blend of innocent childhood antics and relentless, often overwhelming consumerism". That might sound kind of awful, but the appeal of this one is that Ryan is only six years old.
Despite the fact he keeps his identity and location a secret, he actually has a massive influence on the toy industry - with his top watched video at 1.2 billion views. He posts one video a day, and his true identity is kept private, earning over $11 million in 2017.
7. Jake Paul
The Paul family have made quite the name for themselves on YouTube, and rarely for the right reasons. Two years younger than the better-known Logan, Jake rose to fame on the now-defunct Vine. By 2017, he was earning $11.5 million a year.
Out of all the YouTubers making video game let's plays out there, PewDiePie is definitely the best known out there. Felix Kjellberg left university in 2010 to pursue his YouTube career, and ended up doing pretty well for himself. While I personally cannot make it through a full minute of his stuff, there are 61 million subscribers who disagree. He was in first place last year, but is still bringing in $12 million as of 2017.
5. Logan Paul
Former Vine star, YouTube sensation and professional outrage-monger Logan Paul is now probably better known for his countless insensitive videos than the rest of his content. The 'controversies' section of his Wikipedia page is now bigger than the 'career' section, but that hasn't stopped him from raking in $12.5 million last year.
Rising three places this year comes Mark Fischbach, who has 6 billion video views and 20 million subscribers to his name. Specializing in Let's Play videos (usually survival horror games), he made over $12.5 million in 2017.
3. Dude Perfect
This group of ex-high school basketball players perform sport-related stunts and tricks, with several Guinness World Records to their name. Just in 2017, they made $14 million.
Evan Fong, better known by his channel name VanossGaming, is one of the biggest names on the video game YouTube scene. The Canadian video game commenter amassed over 8.9 billion video views and 22.5 million subscribers as of March this year, and made $15.5 million last year.
1. Daniel Middleton
Dan started off making videos of himself playing Minecraft and Pokemon, and now has 16 million subscribers and over 10 billion views on his videos on DanTDM. In fact, a recent live tour of his included a show at the Sydney Opera House - which became the second fastest-selling show in the venue's history. He tops off the list with $16.5 million earned in 2017.
After doing your 9-5 to make your rent, it's hard not to feel a little resentment to the likes of PewDiePie and the Paul brothers, making thousands from a single video. If you want to know more about DanTDM, check out how he went from working in a grocery store to being the world's richest YouTuber.