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The Top 10 Richest YouTubers Made A Combined $70.5 Million In 2017 (Over A 30% Increase From 2 Years Prior)
UPDATE May 31, 2017 — We first published this list at the end of 2015, and naturally, a lot has changed since then. YouTube has over 1.5 billion users, and YouTube recently announced that the number of channels with 1 million or more subscribers is up 75%. In order to keep this list as accurate as possible, we’ve updated it to reflect the top 10 highest paid YouTubers for 2017. Most of the same names that appeared on this list in 2015 are still on it today, but there are a few new additions and a few YouTubers no longer ranked among the top ten. We’ve preserved the text from the original article, highlighting any updates, and tracking changes in metrics in order to get a better long-term view of the landscape of richest YouTubers.
Launched in 2005, Internet juggernaut YouTube presented content creators (commonly called "YouTubers") with an entirely new opportunity to produce videos for large, engaged audiences. Since then, the platform has earned attention for its impact on pop culture and its effect on the marketing landscape. The changes to the latter have been so pronounced, in fact, that Forbes published their first list of top-grossing YouTube stars in October 2015 to illustrate the commercial viability of social media stars for both brands and consumers. Today, these top YouTube content creators have become mainstream celebrities in their own right and made millions in the process.