Top YouTube Influencers Earn $180.5 Million in 2018
It will probably blow your mind, but collectively, the top YouTube influencers made $180.5 million this year. And that includes everyone from vloggers to makeup gurus and video gamers. According to the latest Forbes estimates, this is almost 42% more from the figures last year. Previously, they made a total of $127 million. But let’s note here that this year’s list of top influencers comprises of male YouTubers only. And well, even in the past, only few women made it to the top list.
These top 10 YouTube influencers include your favorites- from the very controversial Logan Paul to makeup mogul Jeffree Star. And can you believe that out of all these, the highest paid YouTuber is only 8 years old? Well, some people really have their life all sorted out!
1. Ryan ToysReview
Ryan who is only 8 years old has a following of 17.4 million and earned a total of $22 million in a year. He stars in his videos alongside his parents and twin sisters. The family un-boxes toys to review them and blog about family life. Ryan even has a toy and clothing line selling at Target and Walmart.
2. Jake Paul
The controversial YouTuber boasts 17.5 million followers with an earning of $21.5 million. And probably we all know what he is familiar for. Other than controversies, he is known for pranks, and reaction videos. Jake sells his own merchandise as well. And now is breaking into the music industry. Or at least hoping to do so.
3. Dude Perfect
Dude Perfect is a group of five whose ages range from 22 to 33 years old. After joining YouTube in 2009, they gathered a total of 37.3 million followers to date. And well, their total earning in 2018 equaled $20 million. The team- Tyler Toney, Coby Cotton, Cory Cotton, Cody Jones and Garrett Hilbert sell their own merchandise and perform sport tricks and comedy sketches.
Daniel Robert Middleton- aged 27 has a total of 20.7 million followers who enjoy his Minecraft gameplay and reaction videos. His total earnings this year are $18.5 million which includes profits from his own branded merchandise.
5. Jeffree Star
The controversial makeup mogul with his makeup line Jeffree Star 11.6 million followers. Ever since he joined the platform in 2006, he has been an absolute favorite for makeup lovers. His own makeup brand Jeffree Star Cosmetic, his reviews, and tutorials along with his public feuds are what people enjoy the most about it.
Markiplier– the 29 year old YouTube star with a following of 22.6 million got $17.5 million in 2018. Apart from his clothing line, he makes money by sharing gaming videos, original comedy sketches and animated parodies.
Evan Fong goes by the name VanossGaming on YouTube. The video game commentator also makes money by live-streaming, and his total earnings in 2018 went up to $17 million.
The YouTuber whose real name is Sean McLoughlin is widely popular for his gameplay videos and sketch comedy. His 20.9 million subscribers earned him a total of $16 million this year.
PewDiePie who is currently striving to win the race against T-series to remain the most viewed YouTuber online earned a total of $15.5 million this year. Despite major controversies, he is one of the most viewed influencers. And seems like he is battling too hard to maintain his place.
10. Logan Paul
Almost seemed impossible to finish off without including Logan Paul, didn’t it? Just like his brother, he lives off controversies, prank videos and outrageous skits. He earned a total of $14.5 million this year. And that’s almost 3 million dollars less than his brother.
All together, these YouTube influencers earned a total of $180.5 million this year. And well, we are to blame for it!