Richest YouTubers List [2021 Top 10]
Richest YouTubers List: A lot of people are curious… can you still make money off YouTube?
Although it seems like one of those things that are passing, YouTube isn’t going anywhere. Sometime soon, at least. Humans have now evolved more than ever before to learn visually.
In reality, YouTube receives 5 billion outstanding video watches a day. Serious YouTubers would have to be nuts with that kind of amount in order not to try to make money off their passion.
Not everyone makes a fortune from YouTube, but there are plenty of popular YouTubers showing that becoming a YouTuber will pay off. While most beginners would not instantly roll in cash, it may be a solution to move out of an existing 9-5 job and try something more exciting.
So, how much money would you make as a YouTuber, actually?
The first thing you need to know is that every minute has 500 hours of video uploaded. Competition is fierce on YouTube.
Next thing you can learn is that it is not a piece of cake to make money on YouTube. Generally, there are 2 ways of doing it:
- CPM (cost per thousand views)
- CPC (cost per click)
Both of these approaches require you, at least for a beginner, to enter the YouTube Partner Program first, which is not simple either. For the last 12 months, the service allows you to have 4,000 watch hours AND 1,000 subscribers. This is only to be qualified. When you submit, to see if you’re a good candidate, YouTube will closely scan your account.
You will then start to make money once you get into the program.
If the commercial is CPM (cost per 1000 views), it means that before you make any money off it, the audience must watch the entire advertisement. If you think about your own viewing habits on YouTube, I highly doubt that you are sitting through all the advertisements, especially if you have the option of skipping.
If the ad is CPC (cost per click), then based on how many users click the advertisements surrounding your video, you get paid.
The actual cost advertisers pay varies from $1 to $10 for 1000 views (depending on many factors, such as your channel’s size and content and the subject of your videos), but for most channels, the average is about $2-$5 per view.
Wait, however. Like everything, not everything is yours.
In reality, Google takes a big chunk of that amount from (45 percent ).
When your views are poor, you won’t be able to leave your desk job any time soon. Yet YouTube can be very lucrative for YouTubers who get hundreds of thousands or even millions of views.
Top 10 of the world’s richest YouTubers
Getting some inspiration, here are 10 of the world’s highest paying YouTubers in order and from every niche.
1. Ryan’s World
Earnings: $26 million
Subscribers: 23.3 million
It’s almost amazing that an 8-year-old is the world’s highest-paid YouTuber. He began by making videos of opening toys and playing with them exclusively by himself. He managed to obtain millions of views for each of his videos, although this sounds very hard to watch. Ryan’s “Huge Eggs Suprise” video received 1.9 billion views.
His videos have an immense impact on the toy industry, and marketers are willing to splurge on this young YouTuber for toy companies. Ryan now makes animation videos for children that for a few more years can keep his subscribers and profits rolling in.
2. Dude Perfect
Earnings: $20 million
Subscribers: 51 million
Dude Perfect isn’t just one flawless dude. Really, they’re a group of five high school mates, with the Cotton twins as the center of the band, Cory and Coby. Dude Fine, unlike the channel above, focuses mostly on sports. From their brilliant sense of humor, they got their fan base.
They have other sources of sales, such as their Dude Perfect mobile app, and they fund almost all of their YouTube videos. They still make much of their money from YouTube advertising, however.
Earnings: $18 million
Subscribers: 44.3 million
Nastya is Youtuber’s second-highest-paid kid in the world. But unlike Ryan’s Universe, instead of toy reviews, Nastya’s YouTube is about her own life. Day trips to the beach, birthday parties, Halloween costumes, and all kinds of stuff along those lines are part of the videos. If it wasn’t for her boyfriend, a well-humored Russian-American father, Nastya wouldn’t be so well known. These two make the ideal pair for YouTube vlogs.
4. Jeffree Star
Earnings: $17 million
Subscribers: 17.1 million
Though Jeffree makes a YouTube bank, he has several different outlets where he earns money, too. He’s a singer-songwriter, model, and DJ, for instance. There isn’t anything that he’s not good at, and that even applies to makeup. Jeffree’s YouTube channel is all make-up material. Tutorials, brand feedback, and humorous videos of the challenge exist. He’s basically a guru of fashion. He also started his own makeup line, Jeffree Star Cosmetics, which really lifted off with that being a reality.
5. DanTDM (Daniel Middleton)
Earnings: $16.5 million
Subscribers: 21 million
Who was saying that gaming was a waste of time? The (former) richest man on YouTube has made a fortune out of Minecraft posts, after all. And we can see the reason. Advertisers are willing to pay (a lot) more to get their ads on his videos because Dan already has an establishment.
And with its average view of 4.84 million per video, YouTube isn’t just side work. However, DanTDM does have other sources of revenue, such as YouTube sponsorships and merchandise.
6. PewDiePie (Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg) one of the Richest YouTubers List
Earnings: $15.5 million
Subscribers: 102 million
PewDiePie is the most subscribed YouTube channel on this list by far and has been the world’s most subscribed YouTube channel for the past 5 years. However, his wealth has decreased quite a bit in the last couple of years, given that his net worth in previous years was between $30 and $50 million. He’s known for his vlogs for game commentary. He also made money from publishing a book called ‘This Book Loves You,’ which sold 112,000 copies, while YouTube is his main source of income.
7. VanossGaming (Evan Fong) one of the Richest YouTubers List
Earnings: $15.5 million
Subscribers: 24 million
Here’s another instance of gaming not being a waste of time. Even though Evan doesn’t concentrate on one particular game like Daniel, the variety is appreciated by his fans. But where Evan really wins over the audience is through his distinctive style of video editing. Know, you have to be distinctive if you want to stand out in the sea of YouTubers.
8. Logan Paul
Earnings: $14.5 million
Subscribers: 20.1 million
Logan Paul is a YouTuber who makes very mediocre videos, quite frankly. When he visited a Japanese forest notorious for suicides and happened to come across a hanging body, his popularity increase occurred back in 2017. Logan filmed the body and made jokes about it, demonstrating his immaturity to the world. After that, he was strongly criticized but somehow gained even more followers. He admitted that he had made a mistake and the world had moved on. Logan also makes YouTube videos and other inappropriately humored vlogs today.
9. Markiplier (Mark Edward Fischbach) one of the Richest YouTubers List
Earnings: $13 million
Subscribers: 25.7 million
Yet another YouTube video game to rise to popularity, mainly Label YouTubes about horror and indie video games. Have you got children? Maybe, as it is known for foul language and lots of swear words, they should skip this channel. Besides becoming one of the top YouTubers in 2019, in several TV shows, Mark has also acted as a voice.
Note: Not recommended for the readily offended, either.
10. Jake Paul
Earnings: $11.5 million
Subscribers: 19.7 million
Jake, the younger brother of Logan Paul, became popular on YouTube for actually creating quality content. He is an actor and musician who, back in the day when Vine was a thing, first gained traction. He’s only been on YouTube for four years, but 4 billion views have already been obtained. A music video called “It’s Everyday Bro” was released by Jake which got 70 million views in just 1 month.
Unfortunately, it’s the third most hated video on YouTube now. His content could actually be good enough to keep him on board as one of the richest YouTubers in the world if Jake can manage to avoid scandals.
Wrapping up it
Of course, you’ve got it there! Now that you know how much money you have on YouTube and how to make money, what’s your next step?
I’d say if you think you’ve got something unique to offer, give it a shot. You don’t have much to lose in the beginning and if you are able to get followers, it might prove to be very lucrative.
Still, you can still make a decent amount of pocket money even though you never get as rich as those top 10 richest YouTubers. You just need to distinguish yourself from others, have a good camera and tools for editing, and in no time you’ll get subscribers and make money.