Over the past few years, YouTube has produced an insubordinate amount of superstars that have made their names big all over the internet. These people started with one of two great concepts and their channel exploded into something gigantic. The internet sensations on this list are worth millions and millions of US dollars, showing that you can make a living by being creative and by knowing your way around the internet. Here are the top 10 world’s highest paid YouTubers of 2016.
We start the list off with Michelle Phan, a young woman who has shown people all over the world how easy make-up can be. She describes herself as an old soul with childlike faith and she dedicates the time to her channel to encourage people to play with make-up and to experiment new looks and styles as forms of self-expression. She has an estimated 1.1 billion lifetime views and over 8 million subscribers. This has made for an estimated yearly income of $50 million. Her most popular video features her transforming herself in Barbie and showing users how to do it. It has reached a total of over 65 million views.
Swedish-born internet sensation, Pewdiepie, is our second entrant with an annual income of about $18 million. Known as Felix Kjellberg in real-life, his channel is the most popular gaming channel on the internet. Here he publishes original content such as skits, funny songs, animations, vlogs and more importantly, recordings of himself playing games. He is known for his profane use of the English language and the fact that he basically says whatever he wants to say. He has almost 49 million subscribers and an accumulated 13 billion views. His most popular video features a funny montage compilation of his success so far, with over 74 million views
The Smosh channel is probably one of the most lucrative channels on YouTube. It consists out of an iconic American duo who load all 10 of their Smosh channels with hilarious content. They are one of the few channels that provide a wide range of features such as gameplay, skits, songs, and vlogs about everyday stuff. They have over 22 million subscribers, over 6 billion views, and they make an estimated $11.8 million per year. Their most popular video features a mock-product called ‘Beef ‘n Go’ for the rushed beef-eater. It has a total of 102 million views to date
Markiplier, otherwise known as Mark Fischbach, owns the most entertaining channel on YouTube. There is no one word to describe it as he features a variety of videos such as his own skits, gameplay videos, animated parodies and much more. He is extremely involved in charity and has raised over $1.1 million to date. His channels sports with over 15 million subscribers, almost 6 billion views and an annual income of $5.1 million. His most popular video is his recorded play of Five Nights at Freddy’s with over 53 million views
Grace Helbig is known for her web-based series and vlogs on YouTube as well as a number of online films she has starred in. Since her beginning years filming with her roommate, she has grown her channel to over 3 million subscribers and over 231 million views. She has grown into an author and web producer over the years as well with a net worth of $5 million per year. Her most popular video features Tyler Oakley and Mamrie Hart in a segment called Who’s That YouTuber? It has over 3.5 million views
Roman Atwood boasts with the largest YouTube channel when it comes to featuring his original pranks such as. He has also expanded his channel into featuring hilarious skits and vlogs of everyday events. His channel has over 9.7 million subscribers with an accumulated 1.3 billion views to date, bringing him a net worth of $4.5 million per year. He also starred in and produced a film called Natural Born Pranksters. His most popular video features him where he pulls an anniversary prank and it goes horribly wrong. This video has received a total of 84,307,535 views up to this date.
Jenna Marbles, known as Jenna Mourey in real-life, is the most popular female YouTuber as of 2015. She has more than 16.6 million subscribers to her channel with over 2.1 billion views, and she has an annual income of $2.9 million. Her channel is known to feature vlogs of herself and other YouTubers where she is completely honest about her thoughts and feelings regarding a certain issue, making it some of the most hilarious content online. Her most popular video, How to trick people into thinking you’re good looking, has over 65 million views
Rosanna Pansino is a YouTuber who features her baking and baking processes on her channel. She is known for the extravagant cakes that she makes and her cooking show that airs every week, Nerdy Nummies. Her channel has over 7.2 million subscribers and more than 1.6 billion views. She makes an annual income of $2.5 million. Her most popular video shows viewers how to make a Frozen princess cake. It has accumulated almost 138 million views
Lilly Singh’s YouTube channel features a variety of comedic skits and series where she dresses up as her parents and rants about everyday things. She is also an avid music producer, singer, actress, and uploads videos where she interviews celebrities. Her channel brings her $2 million per year with over 10 million subscribers, and over 1.5 billion views. Her most popular video How Girls Get Ready has over 20.7 million views.
Brother of famed author, John, Hank Green is a YouTube vlogger focussing on world events and education. He has a wide range of YouTube channels that he co-hosts with his brother and they adapt subject materials that are easy to use in schools and for students at home, such as literature and science. He earns an annual income of $2 million and his most successful channel, Vlogbrothers, has almost 3 million subscribers and over 644 million views. His most popular video titled Giraffe Love and Other Questions has over 16.1 million views