Meet the World’s Highest Paid YouTube Stars of 2017

No. 1: Daniel Middleton (DanTDM) — $16.5 million


Income: $16.5 million (approximately Rs. 100.6 crores)

26-year-old Daniel Middleton, otherwise known as TheDiamondMinecart, is a popular YouTuber focused on the game Minecraft. Middleton posts daily reviews and gameplay videos. He is married to another popular Minecraft YouTuber, JemPlaysMC. This year, he had a world tour that included four sold-out nights at the Sydney Opera House.

No. 2: Evan Fong (VanossGaming) — $15.5 million

Income: $15.5 million (approximately Rs. 99 crores)

VanossGaming (or Vanoss) is the YouTube name of Evan Fong, a 25-year-old Canadian. While not much is known about Fong, he posts comedy videos that show him playing various video games. What sets his videos apart is the quality of his editing — he frequently posts montages that compress his hours of gaming into one compact video of funny moments.

No. 3: Dude Perfect — $14 million


Income: $14 million (approximately Rs. 90 crores)

Dude Perfect is a channel from twins Cory and Coby Cotton and three other “best buddies” from Texas A&M, all former high school basketball players. They do sports tricks and comedy, some of which makes fun of sports stereotypes.

No. 4 (tie): Logan Paul — $12.5 million


Income: $12.5 million (approximately Rs. 80 crores)

The former Vine star and older brother of Jake Paul has over 14 million followers on his personal YouTube account, where he posts vlogs and comedic reaction videos. He and his brother have acted on numerous television shows, including their Disney channel sitcom, “Bizaardvark.”

No. 5: Mark Fischbach (Markiplier) and Logan Paul – $12.5 million

Income: $12.5 million (approximately Rs. 80 crores)

Tied for the fourth place are gamer Mark Fischbach (also known as Markiplier) and vlogger Logan Paul. The former is known for his dramatic commentary on popular games while the latter is famous for uploading regular vlogs that are popular with the millennial audience.

No.6: Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) – $12 million

Income: $12 million (approximately Rs. 77 crores)

After topping the Forbes list for two years in a row, Felix Kjellberg, or PewDiePie, is down to the fifth position owing to multiple controversies he got into in 2017. That seems to have kept sponsors away from his strong 57 million plus base of loyal subscribers that call themselves the ‘Bro Army’.

No.7: Jake Paul – $11.5 million

Income: $11.5 million (approximately Rs. 74 crores)

Another vlogger and YouTube Logan Paul’s brother, Jake Paul runs one of the most successful YouTube channels in 2017. He has previously starred in shows on the Disney Channel and currently lives in a posh locality in the city of Los Angeles.

No.8: Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox (Smosh) and Ryan ToysReview – $11 million

Income: $11 million (approximately Rs. 71 crores)

One of the first YouTube channels to make it big on the platform, Smosh finds itself tying the seventh position with Ryan ToysReview. Smosh co-founders Padilla and Hecox have been creating viral content together for the past decade but split up in June. Ryan ToysReview features six-year-old Ryan who reviews children’s toys for a living.

No.10: Lilly Singh – $10.5 million (approximately Rs. 67.5 crores)

Income: $10.5 million (approximately Rs. 67.5 crores)

And, finally, the last one to make it to the highest-paid list is Lilly Singh. Her portrayal of a Punjabi mother and Punjabi father in comedy sketches have made her wildly popular on YouTube with sold out shows on her recent world tour along with the blockbuster success of her book How To Be A Bawse.

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