Making money from YouTube isn't as easy as one might think. There are a lot of monetisation loops one must go through in order to make an actual income from it. But the five on this list seem to have it all figured out and their bank accounts are an indication of that.
5. Jeffree Star
2018 Earnings: $18 million
Jeffree Star is a makeup artist who stands out from the crowd because of his flamboyant appearance and approach to content delivery. He has been around ever since the MySpace era and has now reinvented himself as a beauty mogul, cofounding Jeffree Star Cosmetics, which sells an estimated $100 million–plus of eye-shadow, lipstick and highlighters annually.
2018 Earnings: $18.5 million
Daniel Middleton otherwise known as DanTDM was 2017's highest-paid YouTuber with $16.5 million reported earnings. A British gamer who specialises in Minecraft— Dan's been playing on-camera for six years, amassing a following of 20.7 million. His diehard followers splash a huge amount of cash for his tours and merchandises.
3. Dude Perfect
2018 Earnings: $20 million
Coby Cotton, Cory Cotton, Garrett Hilbert, Cody Jones and Tyler Toney make up the Dude Perfect collaboration. They specialise in feats of dexterity and intricate trick shots— say, hurling Ping-Pong balls that trigger domino-falls of Oreos, a video which garnered them 175 million views.
2. Jake Paul
2018 Earnings: $21.5 million
Jake Paul is the younger brother of disgraced Logan Paul and he's made a killing from his merchandise business. He attracted more than 3.5 billion views on his rap songs and goofy pranks over the period of 2018.
1. Ryan ToysReview
2018 Earnings: $22 million
The most surprising entry on this list however is 8 year old Ryan and his channel Ryan ToysReview. He has even made a move on selling merchandises with a line of collectibles and more, now selling at Walmart. His channel already has 17 million followers and is only on the up.