Forbes has released a list of YouTube’s top-earning stars, taking into account their video advertising profits, merchandise deals and other sources of revenue. From controversial brothers to a toy-loving 7-year-old boy, here is the list of highest-paid YouTubers, according to Forbes.
and lost elite status in the platform’s Google Preferred ads program, accessible only to top creators, after posting a controversial video earlier this year. in a Japanese forest near what appeared to be a body hanging from a tree. YouTube said the images violated its policies and suspended him.
Paul’s account was marked with a “strike,” which lasts for three months and can mean a loss of ad revenue from videos and from links to crowdfunding and merchandising websites. The now-23-year-old apologized for posting the insensitive content. Despite the turmoil, he ended up as YouTube’s 10th highest earner of 2018. He was tied for fourth place last year.
2. PewDiePie – $15.5 million
Despite criticism over making several anti-Semitic and racist videos in 2017, PewDiePie still made the list of YouTube’s top earners in 2018. He dropped a few notches from last year, when he ranked No. 6.
In February 2017,the 27-year-old Swedish content creator, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, after he posted a video of him laughing while two men held up a sign that said “death to all Jews.” Later that year, he came under fire again and during a live-stream.
In 2018 heDemi Lovato’s hospitalization. The YouTuberposted a meme that showed the “Sober” singer asking her mother for money to buy a burger, then turning around to buy heroin instead. He deleted the meme two days after for an apparent overdose.
Jacksepticeye – $16 million
The most popular YouTuber in Ireland is the energetic and often foulmouthed video game commentator Jacksepticeye – whose real name is Sean McLaughlin, Forbes reports. The 28-year-old has broken into the mainstream and currently has over 20 million YouTube subscribers.