Not long ago, Forbes released its annual top-earning YouTube stars of 2018, taking into account their merchandise deals, advertising profits, and collaborations. From a toy-loving 7-year-old boy to controversial brothers, here is the list of highest-paid YouTubers, according to Forbes Magazine.
2018 was a tumultuous year for Logan Paul who was pulled from a special YouTube project and later lost elite status in sites Google Preferred ads program. This program is open only to top creators, and he was pulled from it after posting a controversial video last year. He filmed himself in a Japanese forest near what seemed to be a body hanging from a tree. YouTube said the images shown in the video broke its policies and suspended him. Despite the controversy, he ended up in the list of highest earners of 2018.
PewDiePie made the list of YouTube’s top earners in 2018, despite receiving backlash over making anti-Semitic and racist videos. He had dropped a few notches from last year when he ranked No. 6.
In February 2017, YouTube and Disney dropped the Swedish content creator, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, after he uploaded a video of him laughing while two men held up a sign that read: “death to all Jews.”
Someone who didn’t make headlines is YouTube’s most popular Irish creator. He is energetic and known for his foul-mouthed video game commentary. Sean McLaughlin, aka Jacksepticeye, has broken into the mainstream and currently has over 21 million YouTube subscribers.
International gamer, Evan Fong – aka VanossGaming – plays popular games such as Call of Duty and Assassin’s Creed. He creates compilations of video game commentary for his more than 23 million viewers.
Markiplier is just another legion of gamers on the highest-paid list. The YouTuber, whose real name is Mark Edward Fischbach, is loved for his “Let’s Play” videos, in which he gives on-screen commentary to games while he plays them. He appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live in 2014 to show the world what he does.
The enigmatic YouTuber first gained fame on MySpace and later joined YouTube in 2006. He created and shared makeup tutorials and music videos. Since then he has built a make empire by the name of Jeffree Star Cosmetics. He sells $100 million worth of products annually.
The biggest earner is not your average millionaire. He’s a seven-year-old boy named Ryan ToysReview who reviews toys. It was reported that in 2017 he generated $11 million from his YouTube channel, but since then has moved on to the top spot.
His channel has drawn a massive following of parents and children who watch him test out the latest toys and share his feedback on them.
He first started reviewing toys back in 2015 when he was just four years old. On his channel, his parents have added: “He loves Cars, Trains, Thomas and friends, Lego, Superheroes, Disney toys, open surprise eggs, play-doh, Pixar Disney cars, Disney Planes, monster trucks, minions, playtime at the fun, family fun adventure and so much more!”