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Top 10 world’s richest YouTubers

YouTube has transformed from a simple video-sharing platform to an economic powerhouse. Since its launch in 2005, YouTube has undergone remarkable transformations, shaping and reshaping the way people consume content and interact with digital media.

Initially created as a platform for individuals to share personal videos, it soon evolved into a creative hub for aspiring filmmakers, comedians, musicians, gamers, and educators eager to share their talent with a global audience. As the platform gained traction, it began to attract the attention of mainstream media, with celebrities and companies recognizing the potential of YouTube as a marketing tool.

The introduction of monetization features such as the YouTube Partner Program in 2007 further fueled the platform’s growth, allowing content creators to earn revenue from their videos through advertising. This move not only incentivized creators to produce high-quality content but also transformed YouTube into a viable career path for many.

Today, YouTube boasts over a billion users, with millions of hours of video uploaded every minute. Its impact extends far beyond entertainment, with YouTube serving as a hub for education, activism, and cultural exchange, YouTubers have seen remarkable success, transforming their love of making videos into successful businesses. Many have made millions of dollars by rising from nothingness to greatness through sponsorship deals, retail sales, brand partnership, and advertisment.

Here are the 10 world’s richest YouTubers in 2024 and their estimated net worth

Jeffree Star – $200 million
39 years old Jeffree Star is a makeup artist, and former singer-songwriter, founder and owner of Jeffree Star Cosmetics. Known for his makeup tutorials and beauty product reviews, he has accumulated 15.8 million subscribers and almost 3 billion views on YouTube, turning the platform into a money making machine.

MrBeast – $120 million
James Stephen “Jimmy” Donaldson, better known by his online alias MrBeast, is an entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is known for his fast-paced and high-production videos, which feature elaborate challenges and large giveaways.
In January 2017, Jimmy Donaldson published an almost day-long video of himself counting to 100,000, which became his breakthrough viral video.
With 248 million members on his main channel and 45.7 billion views, Mr. Beast is the most-subscribed individual on YouTube and the second-most-subscribed channel worldwide. His ability to obtain sponsorships and brand agreements has been a major contributor to his quick rise to fame.
Just to paint an idea of how successful he is, in July 2023, MrBeast shared on Twitter that one of his videos, which cost about $3 million to make, generated $167,000 from ads in just a few days.

Like Nastya – $104 million
Anastasia Sergeyevna Radzinskaya, born on January 27, 2014, and known online as Like Nastya, is a Russian-American YouTuber. Anastasia’s content covers a wide range of topics, including children’s songs, educational content, unboxings, vlogs, and roleplays. Her channels are available in multiple languages, including English, German, Arabic, Bangla, French, Portuguese, Hindi, Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, and Indonesian. With 114 million subscribers on her main channel and 98.75 billion views, she has become a sensation in the world of online content creation.

Ryan’s World – $100 million
Ryan’s World, previously known as Ryan ToysReview, is a YouTube channel designed for children aged 2 to 6. The channel features Ryan Kaji, his mother Loann Kaji, father Shion Kaji, and twin sisters Emma and Kate. Renowned for its engaging toy unboxing videos and educational content, Ryan’s World uploads new videos daily. One of its popular videos, titled “Huge Eggs Surprise Toys Challenge,” garnered over 2 billion views as of January 2023, securing its place among the top 60 most-viewed videos on YouTube. With a subscriber count surpassing 36 million and views exceeding 57 billion , Ryan’s World stands out as one of the Top 10 most-subscribed YouTube channels in the United States.

Jake Paul – $60 million
Asides being a YouTuber, 27 years old Jake Joseph Paul is a professional footballer. Paul launched his channel on May 15, 2014,and quickly gained popularity for his pranks, controversies, and hip hop music.
With 20.6 million subscribers and 7.5 billion views on YouTube, Paul’s online presence is undeniable. His financial success is further fueled by music ventures and sponsorships, contributing to his consistent appearances on the Forbes list as one of the highest-paid YouTube creators in 2017, 2018, 2021, and 2023. And he’s not just good on the internet; Forbes 2022 listed him as one of the world’s highest-paid athletes.

Dude Perfect – $50 million
Dude Perfect (DP) is a sports and comedy group made up of former college roommates from Texas A&M University. With over 60 million subscribers on their main channel alone, Dude Perfect has established itself as one of the most popular and influential content creators on the platform. They have also become the second-most-subscribed sports channel and the 31st most-subscribed channel overall. Their ability to captivate audiences with a unique blend of sports, comedy, and impressive trick shots has led to massive viewership and engagement, translating into substantial ad revenue and sponsorship opportunities.

PewDiePie – $40 million
PewDiePie, the Swedish YouTuber well known for his comedic content, stands as one of the wealthiest creators on YouTube due to his massive popularity and extensive media coverage. Renowned for his contributions to the gaming genre, Kjellberg has amassed an impressive following, with over 111 million subscribers and 29.2 billion views on his channel, maintaining its status as one of the most-subscribed and viewed on YouTube.
Kjellberg’s immense online influence goes beyond just entertainment, as his endorsement of video games often resulted in significant increase in sales, further adding to his wealth. Recognized for his significant contributions, Time magazine honored PewDiePie as one of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2016, underscoring his influence and success in the online space.

Ninja – $40 million
Richard Tyler Blevins, better known as Ninja, has made a name for himself as both an online streamer and professional gamer. He gained widespread attention from mainstream media in March 2018 when he played Fortnite alongside Drake, Travis Scott, and JuJu Smith-Schuster, setting a record for the most viewers on Twitch. With 23.7 million subscribers and 2.50 billion views, Ninja’s YouTube channel has become a powerhouse in the gaming community.
Ninja’s videos are a mix of cool gaming moments, helpful tips, and collaborations with other gaming stars. This mix has not only attracted a massive audience but has also translated into financial success on YouTube. Major brands have eagerly partnered with Ninja, offering him lucrative sponsorships and advertising deals, further solidifying his status as one of the most influential figures in the gaming industry.

Markiplier – $38 million
Mark Edward Fischbach, known online as Markiplier, is a well-known actor and filmmaker. He gained popularity on the platform by uploading Let’s Plays, especially of independent horror games like the Five Nights at Freddy’s and Amnesia: The Dark Descent series, after joining YouTube in 2012. His channel has over 36 million subscribers, solidifying his status as one of the most popular gaming YouTubers.
His achievements have been recognized by Forbes, which listed him as the third highest-paid content creator on YouTube in 2022. Additionally, he has won four Streamy Awards and a Golden Joystick Award for “Best Streamer/Broadcaster”.

DanTDM – $35 million
DanTDM, formerly known as TheDiamondMinecart, is a video game commentator and author. He is renowned for his engaging video game commentaries covering a wide range of videos, including Minecraft, Roblox, Pokémon, and Sonic the Hedgehog, among others. His channel has consistently ranked among the top YouTube channels in the United Kingdom, reflecting his widespread popularity.
In July 2015, DanTDM was recognized as one of the most popular YouTubers globally based on viewership. He has received several Kids’ Choice Awards and set Guinness World Records for his gaming and presenting skills. In 2017, he topped the Forbes list of Highest-Paid YouTube Stars, earning approximately $16.5 million in a single year.
With over 28.6 million subscribers, 19.7 billion video views, and more than 3,600 videos posted, DanTDM’s YouTube channel stands as a testament to his influence in the online gaming community.