YouTube may be a source of entertainment for most people, but the popular social media platform has grown to be a lucrative business for some. And you probably think that these YouTube stars (a.k.a. influencers) just earn a couple of bucks as you watch their videos, but the truth of the matter is that they are paid a lot more than that.
As influencers become more valuable, many popular YouTubers have been able to turn their brands into million-dollar businesses. Here are the top 10 highest-paid YouTube stars of 2018.
10. Logan Paul — $14.5 million
Despite kicking off the year with controversy and earning a lot of haters for his insensitive actions, Logan Paul managed to nab the 10th spot.
9. PewDiePie — $15.5 million
Although recent scandals have led to a slight decline in his sponsorships, PewDiePie still has the most subscribers of any single account on YouTube with more than 73 million.
8. Jacksepticeye — $16 million
Sean “Jacksepticeye” McLoughlin may not be the most popular YouTube star of the world just yet, but he is the most famous YouTuber in Ireland. He even signed a multi-year deal with Disney’s Digital Network in 2017.
7. VanossGaming — $17 million
VanossGaming is a channel run by Canadian gamer Evan Fong, though he rarely appears on camera himself. His channel stands out for its unique editing, original art, and comedic tone.
6. Markiplier — $17.5 million
Adding to the legion of gamers on the highest-paid list is American YouTube star Markiplier, whose real name is Mark Edward Fischbach. He is known for his “Let’s Play” videos, in which he provides on-screen commentary to games as he plays them.
5. Jeffree Star — $18 million
Jeffree Star may not be your typical beauty guru, but his talent in makeup and business just can’t be denied. He launched his own cosmetic line, and with over 11 million YouTube subscribers, his products quickly sold out.
4. DanTDM — $18.5 million
Australian video-game streamer Daniel “DanTDM” Middleton built his massive audience streaming “Minecraft” and recently had a role in Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” as eBoy. He was last year’s highest-paid YouTuber with $16.5 million in earnings.
3. Dude Perfect — $20 million
Clocking in at over 36 million subscribers, the five-man sports crew known as Dude Perfect specialized in intricate trick shots and made $20 million doing so. Their “ping pong trick shots” and “real-life trick shots,” in which they turn everyday activities into complex maneuvers, are among their most popular videos.
2. Jake Paul — $21.5 million
Thanks to Shane Dawson, who made a documentary on Jake Paul in October, the younger brother of Logan finally got on the good side of people. However, Jake’s fame and fortune is a result of his own concept that includes pranks, rap videos, along with his merchandise business.
1. Ryan ToysReview — $22 million
And on the top of the list is… drum roll, please — a kid.
Ryan ToysReview is the top-earning YouTube channel, and it features a seven-year-old host, Ryan. The boy’s parents began documenting his toy reviews in March 2015 and have now amassed more than 17 million subscribers.
His YouTube channel has over 25 billion views in total. He now has his own line of collectibles selling at Walmart called The Ryan’s World toy line.
Macaulay Culkin Admits Watching ‘Home Alone’ With Girlfriend And Muttering Old Lines
“Whatever gets her motor running, I guess.”
Everybody loves watching Home Alone, even Macaulay Culkin. The young actor has just confirmed that he occasionally watches the film with his girlfriend. Interestingly, Culkin admitted that he sometimes mutters his own old lines from the beloved movie.
Culkin recently appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The former Pizza Underground vocalist revealed that Christmas is usually a time when more people recognize him on the streets. In addition to that, Culkin shared that his past girlfriends have wanted to watch his iconic film Home Alone with him.
Culkin and Fallon put on their bunny ears.
12 Celebrities Who Underwent Gender Transformations
I had the biggest crush on #9 before the transition.
Bruce Jenner made headlines in 2015 by publicly announcing his transition into a woman, Caitlyn Jenner. The revelation then opened the door for discussion about transgender people.
Although Caitlyn Jenner is arguably the biggest name in the transgender community right now, she's far from being alone. In fact, there are also many other athletes, models, actresses, and directors who also transitioned and they're definitely people you already know. Here are 12 celebrities who underwent gender transformations.
1. Caitlyn Jenner
Stephen Curry Replies To Young Fan Who Wanted His Shoes in Girls’ Sizes
Good job, Stephen Curry and Under Armour!
Whether you’re a huge basketball fan or not, we bet you know Stephen Curry is one of the biggest stars in the NBA. Case in point, hhe Golden State Warrios point guard has been named Most Valuable Player twice – and was even elected via unanimous vote for the said award once. Also, some analysts and players consider him as the greatest shooter in NBA history.
Considering how busy he is, it can be easy to assume he doesn’t take time to read fan mails, let alone respond to them, right? Well one young fan found out that, yes, Curry does respond – and he did it in the most epic way possible.