Video Richlist: The Top 20 Highest Paid YouTubers in the World

By Margaux Pangilinan

In this internet-dominated world, more and more people are finding their careers online.

In fact, a lot of individuals earn millions through various online platforms, and this includes YouTube.

If you have been following these YT personalities, you may be wondering how much these individuals earn. Check out the top 20 highest-paid YouTube celebrities today.

20. Trisha Paytas


Net Worth: $4 million

Trisha Paytas is popular for being a media personality, and she also works as an actress, recording artist, and entrepreneur. Prior to YouTube, her job history includes working as a stripper, and she has appeared as an extra in several gigs.

@trishapaytas /, @trishapaytas /

She also made appearances in the music videos of highly recognized artists such as Eminem and Amy Winehouse, in addition to participating in the reality show Celebrity Big Brother. Right now, she has 4 million subscribers and 1 billion views on her channel.

19. Liza Koshy


Net Worth: $6 million

Social media personality Liza Koshy is known for being one of the fastest-growing YT channels in 2016. Back then, she was able to get 6 million subscribers amounting to a total of 10 million during that time. She now has 17 million followers with 2 billion total views on the platform. Before YouTube, she gained a lot of followers on Vine.

@lizakoshy /, @lizakoshy /

Her popularity also comes from her work as an actress in 2016 and 2017. She is also Instagram famous with 13 million followers.

18. Colleen Ballinger


Net Worth: $8 million

A singer and vocal coach, Colleen Ballinger launched her YouTube career through her channels Psychosoprano and Miranda Sings. In her videos, she plays the titular character Miranda Sings.

@colleen /, @colleen /

Her performance as Miranda has also earned her a Netflix show called Haters Back Off. Aside from YT and her show, she also performs in comedy clubs and theaters and has also written a memoir. She has received awards for her role as Miranda. Her channels now have more than 400 million views.

17. German Garmendia


Net Worth: $9 million

This Chilean YouTube personality is not only a celebrity because of his videos. He is also known as a musician, comedian, singer, and author. He runs several channels named HolaSoyGerman and JuegaGerman.

@germangarmendia /, @germangarmendia /

Just like PewDiePie and the others, he posts videos of himself playing and giving commentaries. He now has a combined total of 46 million subscribers. Some of his achievements include being the very first personality to get two Diamond Play Buttons and for getting 10 million subscribers on his two channels.

16. James Charles


Net Worth: $12 million

American YouTuber James Charles made a name in the industry through his makeup tutorials and over the top antics. James rose to fame thanks to being CoverGirl’s first-ever male spokesmodel.

@jamescharles /, @jamescharles /

Come 2019, the YouTube star has amassed over 15 million loyal followings, exceeding even the likes of fellow influencers. Today, he has his own clothing and accessories line called Sisters Apparel. His large net worth may be attributed to his numerous partnerships in the makeup industry, including Morphe, Skindinavia, and Lilly Lashes.

15. Shane Dawson


Net Worth: $12 million

Shane Dawson is famously known for his comedic profiles along with his documentary series on fellow YouTube stars and personalities. He is also known for his conspiracy theories and epic editing skills, making him one of the most followed YouTubers in history.

@shanedawson /, @shanedawson /

Since his YouTube success, the star also ventured into singing, writing, and producing. He has also won various recognitions, including the Streamy Award. His highest subscriber count is 16 million.

14. Alistair Aiken or Ali-A


Net Worth: $14 million

Among other gamer-YouTubers, Ali A is regarded as one of the most popular Call of Duty gamers. Starting back in 2009, he has been posting Call of Duty videos and has been recognized by the game developer, giving him early access to games pre-release.

@alia /, @alia /

For his Pokemon Go and Minecraft content, he has a separate channel called More Ali A. The source of his income is his videos and advertisements. He now has 17 million subscribers and 4.5 billion views.

13. Tyler Blevins or Ninja


Net Worth: $15 million

Gaining popularity as a Twitch streamer with 14 million subscribers, Blevins is one of the highest-paid YouTubers. He now has 17 million subscribers who follow him for his video-game-related content.

@ninja /, @ninja /

He has worked with various celebrities, including Drake and Travis Scott. Aside from YT, he also has a partnership with various brands, including Red Bull and Esports. As of August this year, he announced that he will be shutting down his Twitch channel and will be streaming using Mixer, a platform owned by Microsoft.

12. Lilly Singh


Net Worth: $16 million

This Toronto-born Youtuber runs the channel IISuperwomanII, which she launched in 2010. Aside from her YT career, she also sings and has been featured in several songs. She also released her single #LEH in 2014.

@lilly /, @lilly /

Singh gained recognition for her role in Dr. Cabbie in 2014, which got her nominated for a Shorty Award and a Streamy Award. She has also worked with Seth Rogen, James Franco, Ryan Higa, and Miranda Sings, among others. She now has 6 million subscribers and over 700 million views.

11. Sean McLoughlin or Jacksepticeye


Net Worth: $16 million

Starting out as a band member with Raised to the Ground, McLoughlin gained YouTube popularity through videos of himself playing games. He now has 21 million subscribers and 10.4 billion views on the platform.

@jacksepticeye /, @jacksepticeye /

Self-proclaimed “most energetic video game commentator on YouTube,” he is reported to have earned $30 million throughout the existence of his channel. He is also earning $300,000 monthly with a revenue of $16 million in 2018, getting a spot in the list of the highest-paid YouTube celebrities.

10. John Green


Net Worth: $17 million

Author and YouTube personality John Green gained attention for his young adult writings including The Fault in Our Stars, which was recently adapted to film. He was also the author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, and Paper Towns.

@johngreenwritesbooks /, @johngreenwritesbooks /

He gained YouTube popularity through his several educational series. Crash Course is one of the most popular channels, giving valuable information about various topics including history, science, and literature. His novels are critically acclaimed, receiving various awards.

9. Logan Paul


Net Worth: $19 million

The older of the Paul brothers, Logan started his career at as early as 10 years old. He started posting YouTube videos on his very first channel Zoosh. Once his fame took off, he quickly gained more popularity.

@loganpaul /, @loganpaul /

His followers jumped from 900 to 1.5 million in just a span of 1 year (2013 to 2014). On Vine, he acquired 4 million viewers and was hired by various brands to promote their products through his videos. He now has 8 million followers and 1.2 billion views on YouTube.

8. Jake Paul


Net Worth: $19 million

The younger Paul brother is known as a social media personality and comedian. He took notes from his older brother Logan, who started early in the YouTube world. Jake started his online career on the video platform Vine in 2013.

@jakepaul /, @jakepaul /

During his stint at Vine, he gathered around 5 million followers. Unfortunately, the platform closed. Luckily for Jake, he was picked up by Disney for the sitcom Bizaardvark. He now has 2.7 billion video playbacks and over 10 million followers on different platforms.

7. Evan Fong or VanossGaming


Net Worth: $20 million

Evan Fong has over 21 million followers and 8 billion views on YouTube. With this popularity, he ranked in the top 20 YouTubers with the most subscribers. He became famous for his laid-back videos featuring him and his friends bantering about and playing games including Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto.

@evanfong /, @evanfong /

The channel name ‘VanossGaming’ was adopted from his father’s username on PlayStation 3. He was recognized as one of the highest-paid YouTubers, raking in $18.5 million in 2018.

6. Mark Fischbach or Markiplier


Net Worth: $24 million

This YouTuber is also known as a comedian, voice actor, and actor. With 10 billion views under his belt, he made it to the Top 100 most subscribed channels on the video platform.

@markiplier /, @markiplier /

His videos mostly focus on commentaries while playing games – usually action and horror titles. Aside from his videos, he also works as a voice actor for the channel LORE and Super Smash Bros. In 2018 alone, he raked in $17.5 million, making him the top 6 highest-paid YouTuber.

5. Daniel Middleton or DanTDM


Net Worth: $30 million

This English gamer and YouTuber has a huge following with 16 million YouTube subscribers and 10 billion views on the platform. He used to be known as The Diamond Minecart. His channel mostly focuses on Minecraft-related content earning the interest of kids and gamers alike.

@dantdm /, @dantdm /

In fact, he set the Guinness World Record for most views for a dedicated Minecraft video channel. However, he started with a Pokémon-focused channel. According to reports, he earned 16.5 million in 2017. In 2018, he earned 18.5 million from various ventures including his channels and merchandise.

4. Felix Kjellberg or PewDiePie


Net Worth: $30 million

Born in Gothenburg, Sweden, the recently married PewDiePie started his YouTube channel in 2009. His videos are composed of footage of him playing different games while giving commentaries and reactions. His legions of fans are collectively called Bro Army, and he calls his fans Bros.

@pewdiepie /, @pewdiepie /

He was awarded for having the Most Popular Social Show. As of December 2018, he was charging $450,000 for sponsored content. However, his channel was taken down in 2017 due to some videos containing racial slurs and antisemitic sentiments.

3. Dude Perfect


Net Worth: $50 million

Run by a group of 5 men, Dude Perfect is considered one of the biggest channels on the platform. Coby, Cody, Cory, Garret, and Tyler were friends from high school and college who decided to launch a sports entertainment group through YouTube.

@dudeperfect /, @dudeperfect /

They started gaining the interest of viewers by posting trick shots. They gained a huge following when they achieved virality. Recently, they started to make commentaries on various sports-related stereotypes. They now have 19 million likes on their Facebook page.

2. Jeffree Star


Net Worth: $75 million

Jeffree Star is known as a multi-talented celebrity hailing from Orange County, California. His fame started when he published his self-released songs on social media site MySpace. He also used the platform to promote his fashion designs.

@jeffreestar /, @jeffreestar /

By 2006, he was known as one of the most popular personalities on MySpace with more than 25 million playbacks for his music and over 50,000 comments on photo shoots he posted. In 2018, he earned a whopping $18 million through numerous business projects.

1. Ryan Kaji from Ryan ToysReview


Net Worth: $80 million

This 8-year-old YouTuber is known for his self-named review channel. His fame started when he posted a video of himself playing with toys for kids and reviewing them. Some of the items he has featured in his videos include Legos, monster trucks, Play-Doh, and other toys.

@yantoysreview /

He also posts videos of science experiments for kids his age. The channel primarily features Ryan and his parents. His wealth comes from his various YouTube channels and other projects that came with his fame.

There is nothing better than earning money from something you love, and this is exactly what these people have achieved. With millions coming into their pockets every year, they are definitely the highest-paid YouTubers in the world right now.



There is nothing better than earning money from something you love, and this is exactly what these people have achieved. With millions coming into their pockets every year, they are definitely the highest-paid YouTubers in the world right now.

@jamescharles / | @jeffreestar /

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