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Daniel Middleton, popularly known as DanTDM, was named the highest-paid YouTube personality in 2017, with earnings up to $16.5 million. (Shutterstock/Castleski)
In the past few years, YouTube content creators, known as YouTubers, have introduced to the world a new, attractive occupation for the young generation.
Forbes revealed that between June 1, 2016, and June 1 this year, the accumulative earnings of the world’s 10 highest-paid YouTube stars reached US$127 million. The figure was gathered from various sources, including YouTube, Social Blade and Captiv8, as well as interviews with agents, managers, publicists, producers and lawyers.
Here is the list of YouTube’s 10 largest earning stars, as reported by kompas.com:
Daniel Middleton, popularly known as DanTDM, was named the highest-paid YouTube personality of 2017 with earnings of up to $16.5 million. His channel is known for reviewing various video games, particularly Minecraft, and has a total of 17 million subscribers.
Evan Fong, popularly known as VanossGaming, ranked second for earning $15.5 million this year. Fong’s channel also focuses on video games.
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3. Dude Perfect
American sports entertainment group Dude Perfect earned a reported $14 million in 2017, placing them third on YouTube’s rich list. The group comprises twins Corry Cotton and Cobby Cotton.
4. Logan Paul
Logan Paul, brother of actor-slash-YouTuber Jake Paul, reportedly earned $12.5 million this year by uploading videos of his daily life as well as parodies. His channel currently has 14 million subscribers.
Mark Fischbach has 18 million subscribers on his Markiplier YouTube channel, which features reviews of video games and earned its creator $12.5 million in 2017.
Internet sensation Felix Kjellberg, known as PewDiePie, is still among YouTube’s highest-paid stars despite the controversy he’s kicked up in recent years. The platform may have cancelled his reality series due to offensive content, but that did not stop the Swedish 28-year-old from raking in $12 million in one year.
7. Jake Paul
Jake Paul earned $11.5 million with his channel this year by producing pop-culture videos featuring music and comedy.
Founded by Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla, Smosh is an American sketch comedy channel. Although Padilla left Smosh in June, the channel still managed to earn $11 million in 2017.
Ryan ToysReview proves that you don’t need skills to be internet famous. Through his toy reviews, 6-year-old Ryan made $11 million in one year.
10. Lilly Singh
Canadian YouTube star Lilly Singh produces a range of content, including comedy sketches, music videos and short films. Her YouTube channel, IISuperwomanII, has 12.7 million subscribers, earning her a reported $10.5 million. (jes/kes)