Forbes has released the list of highest-earning Vloggers on YouTube for 2019. These earnings estimates are from June 1, 2018, through June 1, 2019. In the following figures, fees to be deducted by agents, managers, and lawyers have not also been effected.
The data is collected from Captiv8, SocialBlade, and Pollstar as well as interviews with insiders in the industry. Forbes defines a YouTube Star as someone whose primary form of digital and media revenue comes from YouTube. Therefore, this list excludes musicians, actors and other celebrities who may also have YouTube channels.
#10 | VanossGaming (Evan Fong) $11.5 million
Evan Fong who runs the “VanossGaming” YouTube channel that had over 1.5 billion views with his videos of Grand Theft Auto V and Minecraft.
#9 | DanTDM (Daniel Middleton) $12 million
The British Minecraft and Fortnite player has a worldwide audience and takes his live tour to fans across the globe. He took the honors of being the highest paid in 2017.
#7 (tie) | Markiplier (Mark Fischbach) $13 million
Mark Fischbach, also commonly known as “Markiplier,” is a favorite for sponsors looking to reach the gaming community. He and fellow YouTuber Jacksepticeye cofounded Cloak, a high-end line of clothing for gamers.
#7 (tie) | PewDiePie (Felix Kjellberg) $13 million
Felix Kjellberg has managed to shrug off a number of controversies including racist and anti-Semitic videos. He announced this month, that he’s taking a break from YouTube.
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#6 | Preston (Preston Arsement) $14 million
Preston Arsement is one of two newcomers on this year’s list. He got his start playing Call of Duty and quickly became so popular that he started posting friendly pranks in addition to his gaming content. Outside of YouTube, his biggest moneymakers are the Minecraft servers he runs for seven figures annually.
#5 | Jeffree Star $17 million
After starting out as a musician on MySpace, he gained fame for his bold appearance and his aggressive personality. Jeffree Star then moved to YouTube, where he found a large following doing makeup tutorials. He now uses his channel to tout his makeup line, which he says does at least eight figures in revenue thanks to its popular lipsticks, highlighters, and eye shadow palettes.
#4 | Rhett and Link $17.5 million
Two of YouTube’s first stars, Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal, host Good Mythical Morning, one of YouTube’s most popular daily show on which they eat foods like Cheetos-flavored Pop-Tarts and sing with stars like Kelly Rowland. They’ve expanded their brand of comedy to four channels, a podcast, two books and, earlier this year, purchased the multichannel network Smosh for an alleged $10 million.
#3 | Anastasia Radzinskaya $18 million
The Russian-born 5-year-old has become one of the world’s fastest-growing creators, thanks to videos in seven languages that feature her playing with her dad on her channels including Like Nastya. Brands have noticed, with Legoland and Dannon shelling out at six figures to work with her.
#2 | Dude Perfect $20 million
Five friends in their 30s Coby Cotton, Cory Cotton, Garret Hilbert, Cody Jones, and Tyler Toney play sports, perform stunts and break Guinness World Records. Their videos, like “Bowling Trick Shots” and “Bubble Wrap Battle,” helped them score a TV contract, The Dude Perfect Show, which airs on Nickelodeon.
#1 | Ryan Kaji $26 million
Eight-year-old Kaji got his start on the channel when he was just 3 years old by unboxing toys on camera. He’s now matured to conducting science experiments and branched out beyond YouTube with a line of more than 100 toys, clothing items and more, a show on Nickelodeon and a deal with Hulu.
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