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If you told someone in 2010 that someone could become a millionaire by putting videos on the internet, they would’ve laughed in your face. Flash forward a decade and YouTube’s most famous creators are the world’s newest millionaires. Children everywhere have ditched their dreams of becoming an astronaut or a doctor for this new lucrative occupation. Who wouldn"t want to live the life of brand deals, beach vacations, free merchandise, and fawning fans?
The people behind these channels have made YouTube their full-time job and it’s really paid off. For some, it takes years of dedication to gain the first 100,000 while others rocket to stardom in a matter of months. From parodies to gaming to comedy skits, Youtubers make up a diverse community with a smorgasbord of entertaining content to consume on a daily basis.
No wonder they’re so rich! Here are 31 of Youtube’s richest creators. Do you know who your kids are watching?
Felix Kjellberg, better known by his YouTube handle “PewDiePie," brought home millions since his debut video in 2010. Known for his loud-mouthed voiceovers of video games, Reddit commentary videos, and weekly meme reviews, his 109 million-strong “Bro Army” continues to grow to keep his spot at the top.
When it comes to money, this London-based YouTuber would rather be known for his charitable fundraisers: in 2014, Kjellberg raised $1 million in various donations for Save the Children, Charity: Water, St. Jude, and the World Wildlife Fund.
You can’t mention the beauty community without also mentioning James Charles. This makeup star blew up seemingly overnight and makes around millions every year. His main YouTube channel has over 25 million subscribers, a number that’s only growing.
Mr. Beast was well known on Twitch for donating large sums of money to streamers, but he’s also famous for being one of the highest-paid YouTube stars out there. Most of his income comes from companies sponsoring his videos and ad revenue, which helps supply his gargantuan humanitarian efforts such as the #TeamTrees campaign that raised over $20 million to plant 20 million trees.
Move over Ryan’s World! One of the other high-paid YouTubers is 7 year-old Anastasia Radzinskaya. This Russian creator has made a whopping $18.5 million! She has over 69 million subscribers, and her videos mostly depict daily life and playing with toys.
The five members of the Dude Perfect Youtube channel are estimated to be worth $23 million collectively. The group has managed to find a profitable niche among viewers who love their comedy-inspired sports content and #satisfying content.
Who is the quirky teenager woman behind one of Gen Z"s staple Youtubers? Emma Chamberlain! On YouTube since 2017, Chamberlain uploaded school vlogs and days in her life before turning into the biggest trendsetter of her generation. Featured in Vogue, at Paris Fashion Week, and as the face of Chamberlain Coffee, she"s cashed out over $8 million!
Despite a 2018 controversy where Logan Paul recorded a dead body in Japan’s “Suicide Forest,” he’s still one of Youtube’s biggest stars today. It’s estimated that he’s worth at least $19 million.
Like many Youtube stars, Evan Fong is most well known for his gaming videos on the VanossGaming channel. However, the Youtuber also dabbles in music and is worth an estimated $25 million dollars.
Rhett and Link are Youtube stars and real-life BFFs. The two have known each other since grade school, but these days they’re more likely to be working on a new comedy sketch, music video, or their morning show "Good Mythical Morning" as opposed to playing tag. Their combined estimated worth is around $20 million!
Anyone who says that video games can’t be a career clearly hasn’t heard of Markiplier, who was at the forefront of YouTube hype for “let’s play” videos. His gaming channel brings in millions of views a month, and he’s reportedly worth $24 million after garnering over 28 million subscribers.
Let’s face it: this elementary school-aged kid is probably richer than any of us ever will be. His “Ryan ToysReview” channel became a hit with parents looking for gift ideas and other kids who want to see the newest, coolest gadgets in action, and now he has his own line of toys under the “Ryan’s World” branding.
Many know Michelle Phan as an original beauty guru, if not the source of the Youtube subgenre. Phan, with $50 million to her name and nearly 9 million subscribers, has started experimenting with aesthetic vlogging with intermittent beauty reviews.
Preston, or Preston Arsement, is mostly a gaming channel with a primary focus on Minecraft and Call of Duty. He runs multiple channels, including Preston (12.5 million subscribers), PrestonPlayz (5 million), and TBNRFrags (5.4 million), among others. Between all of these channels, he"s made somewhere around $19 million!
David Dobrik has a life that’s beyond enviable. Overall, Dobrik has made over $15 million with his 19 million subs, but most of that money is spent back into his videos. How? Well, he’s known for spending ridiculous amounts of money to make his friends happy. That has included highly-sought-after Hamilton tickets and 15 brand new cars.
Along with his brother, Logan, Jake Paul makes up one of the few family dynasties found on Youtube. We’re not entirely sure what exactly his channel is *about*, but with an estimated worth of $11.5 million, he’s clearly doing something right.
Jenna Mourey joined YouTube as JennaMarbles in February 2010. While most of the YouTubers on our list rose to internet fame through video games, Jenna became a YouTube celeb by being herself. Videos such as “How to Trick People Into Thinking You’re Good Looking” launched her career so that she could go on to make content focused on her dogs and niche interests, all contributing to her $8 million net worth. Mourey has even made a cameo appearance on Millionaire Matchmaker and Pitbull"s "Fireball" music video.
Cosmetics are big business on Youtube, and no one has managed to capture the market quite like Jeffree Star. While a majority of his income comes from his makeup brand Jeffree Star Cosmetics and associated merchandise, it’s estimated that he’s made over $15 million with advertising on Youtube alone.
Started as a parody of desperate Youtubers looking for their big break, Miranda Sings is now a full-time job for her creator, Colleen Ballinger. Miranda’s mix of misplaced confidence and bizarre behavior have made her a Youtube classic, and it’s estimated she’s worth $30 million dollars.
Canadian government crime-stats analyst Cristine Rotenberg uses her 7 million subscriber-strong Youtube channel as a weekend break from her day job. An anomaly among content creators as an education advocate and level-headed working woman, Rotenberg’s niche nail videos have scored her nearly $10 million.
KSI, also known as Olajide Olayinka Williams Olatunji, is one of the biggest YouTubers to come out of England. He’s most known for his FIFA videos and original rap music. However, he soon picked up vlogging and began to appear with other huge YouTubers, such as Logan Paul and Pewdiepie, becoming a lucrative career with $20 million gains.
While most Youtube stars come and go over the years, only a few remain titans on the platform—and that includes Shane Dawson. One of Youtube’s earliest stars, Dawson is currently worth an estimated $12 million.
Minecraft is a lucrative game, and no one knows this better than DanTDM. This Youtuber makes a living off of Minecraft, Roblox, and other kid-friendly gaming tip videos, and is estimated to be worth $30 million!
With over 14 million followers, Lilly Singh’s blend of comedic videos and business know-how has made her one of the most popular Youtubers on the platform. She’s worth an estimated $16 million dollars on top of her talk-show pursuits.
Rachel Levin (RclBeauty101) started as a tried-and-true beauty guru, but has turned to fashion swaps and short skits. Levin"s made around $14 million from YouTube and her makeup brand RCLÓ Cosmetics!
Eva Marison Gutowski AKA MyLifeAsEva gained her 11.4 million subscribers with lifestyle and beauty videos along with music, skits, and pranks. Now she"s worth about $5 million! Oh, how the time flies...
Tyler Blevins AKA Ninja found his calling playing Fortnite, mainly as a Twitch streamer, but has since hopped various platforms only to fall back onto his OG Youtube channel. Amassing 25.2 million subscribers since his 2011 debut, Ninja is rumored to be worth $25 million.
Liza Koshy, with her larger-than-life personality and comedic content, amassed nearly 18 million followers on Youtube after breakout videos such as “Dollar Store with Liza” and hilarious parodies of popular trends. After a Youtube Originals show “Liza on Demand” and oodles of ad revenue, Koshy has at least $6 million to her name.
Critically-acclaimed authors and makeup of the Youtuber duo “vlogbrothers,” John and Hank Green are a movers and shakers of the relatively new "vlogging" industry. Co-founders of Vidcon and various philanthropic campaigns, the Greens deserve every penny of their $17 million fortune.
The Chile-based Youtuber Germán Garmendia used the channel HolaSoyGerman to show off his comedy, music, and parody videos to 42 million fans, but abandoned that account four years ago for the equally followed JuegaGerman channel. No matter where he posts, he continues to grow his $9 million fortune.
Ryan Higa’s Youtube comedy channel “Nigahiga” was once the most subscribed channel on the platform from 2009 to 2011. He was obviously usurped by Pewdiepie’s behemoth channel, yet Higa’s 24 million subscribers continue to grow his $10 million net worth.
The face of one of the most wholesome Youtube channels on the platform is Stevin John, known more popularly as Blippi. Self-proclaimed as an educational channel “for kids,” Blippi’s $17 million is the result of hard word and positivity!