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YouTube Millionaires: These are the 10 highest-paid YouTube stars of 2017

10 highest-paid YouTube stars of 2017

The highest-paid YouTube stars of 2017: Do you want to know who makes the most money on YouTube? Then, you need to see the list of highest-paid YouTube stars of 2017.

Unbelievably, one of them is 6-year old, Ryan from the popular toys review channel

After launching in 2005, YouTube has created more internet celebrities than any other social media platform. With the video sharing platform, you can go from being an ordinary person to a celebrity overnight. Not only that, you also get to earn millions of dollars yearly in revenue.

YouTube biggest stars are cashing out big time by posting Sponsored videos, advertising and Google Ads to their millions of followers. Thereby raking in lucrative deals and making a living on the video sharing platform.

10 highest-paid YouTube stars of 2017

We all know Swedish video game commentator, PewDiePie is the most followed account on YouTube, with over 58 million subscribers. But that doesn’t necessarily mean he makes the most money. According to Forbes, he is not even in the top 5 of the highest-paid YouTube stars for 2017

This publication is based on raw estimates of pre-tax earnings, according to Forbes.

These are the highest-paid YouTube stars of 2017

10. Lilly Singh — $10.5 million

Youtuber Lilly Singh produces music videos, comedy sketches and other media on her solo channel “Superwoman”. She has over 12.7million subscribers, and also collaborated with YouTube Red, the company’s premium service for a feature film, called “Trip to Island Unicorn”.

8. (tie) Ryan ToysReview — $11 million

This 6-year-old elementary school pupil Ryan makes roughly a million dollars monthly for his family by opening and reviewing new toys. The family-run channel has over 10 million followers and counting.

8. (tie): Smosh — $11 million

Smosh, a channel started by comedy duo Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla, was famous for the duo’s slapstick comedy videos, which was always a parody of video games and pop culture. In June 2017, Anthony Padilla left the Smosh channel and created his own solo YouTube account, which now has over 2 million subscribers.

7. Jake Paul — $11.5 million

Jake Paul first started out in the now-defunct Vine platform as a personality, creating short comedy clips with his big brother, Logan Paul (the fourth-highest earner on this list). Jake Paul now focuses on original music and comedy videos on his channel with over 12 million subscribers.

6. Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) — $12 million

Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, a Swedish video game commentator has the most subscribed YouTube channel. With over 58 million subscribers waiting for him to post exclusive contents, PewDiePie is the envy of all YouTubers.

4. (tie) Markiplier — $12.5 million

Mark Fischbach owns the channel Markiplier and focuses on gaming videos. The energetic YouTube has over 18 million subscribers. Fischbach told Variety last year that he would like to go into music and acting in the near future.

4. (tie) Logan Paul — $12.5 million

The former Vine star and big brother of Jake Paul has over 14 million subscribers on his personal account. He uploads vlogs and comedic reaction videos as well. He and his brother are a perfect combo and have acted on numerous television shows, including their Disney channel sitcom “Bizaardvark”.

3. Dude Perfect — $14 million

Dude Perfect is a comedy channel on the video sharing platform, created by twins Cory and Coby Cotton and three other guys from Texas A&M. They were all former high school basketball players, focusing on sports tricks and comedy videos, some of which makes fun of sports stereotypes.

2. Evan Fong (VanossGaming) — $15.5 million

VanossGaming is the channel of Evan Fong, a 25-year-old Canadian who posts comedy videos that show him playing various video games. Now, what makes his videos unique? The quality of his editing, he often posts montages that compress his hours of gaming into one compact fun video.

1. Daniel Middleton (DanTDM) — $16.5 million

26-year-old Daniel Middleton popularly known as TheDiamondMinecart earned $16.5 million in 2017 alone. The popular YouTuber focuses on the game Minecraft and uploads daily reviews and gameplay videos. He is the highest-paid YouTube star of 2017, according to Forbes.

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