The 2020 YouTube rich list has been unveiled, with stars including Ryan Kaji, MrBeast, and Dude Perfect coming out on top.
Ryan, nine, has topped the Forbes list for the third time in a row, with an empire that clearly just keeps growing.
According to the site, Ryan, who has a following of more than 41 million, has earned a whopping $29.5 million (£21.8 million) from his childhood business ventures.
Among his income streams are his merchandise line and his Nickelodeon show.
MrBeast – real name Jimmy Donaldson – comes in second on the list, with it being the first year he’s made the top 10 at all.
As well as his stunt videos, Jimmy’s known for his generosity, giving away thousands in cash, and free houses and cars.
He also spearheaded the #TeamTrees campaign, which allowed more than 22 million trees to be planted around the world.
Clearly his own finances have not fallen by the wayside though, with estimated earnings of $24 million (£17.7 million).
Dude Perfect, a YouTube group made of Coby Cotton, Cory Cotton, Garret Hilbert, Cody Jones and Tyler Toney, came in third with $23 million (£17 million).
They’re best known for their popular stunts, which are pretty mesmerising to watch.
Number four on the list are YouTube veterans Rhett and Link, hosts of Good Mythical Morning, who earned $20 million (£14.8 million) and gamer Markiplier – real name Mark Fischbach – who racked up $19.5 million (£14.4 million).
Gamer Preston Arsement is number six on the list with $19 million (£14 million), with six-year-old Nastya (Anastasia Radzinskaya) at number seven after making $18.5 million (£13.7 million) with her toy videos.
Blippi (Stevin John), who creates videos for kids, is at number eight, with earnings of $17 million (£12.5 million) and vlogger David Dobrik is at number nine, with $15.5 million (£11.4 million).
Meanwhile, at number 10 is controversial beauty vlogger Jeffree Star, with earnings of $15 million (£11.1 million).
While last year’s list led to fury over the lack of diversity, things don’t seem to have improved a huge amount in 2020, with only one female name and two people of colour.
Lilly Singh wrote of the list last year: ‘2 years ago it was almost even between male & female, last year it was just me and this year there are no females at all. Something I predicted in my instagram caption last year.
‘I’m concerned the digital space is going to repeat the mistakes of ancient industries. Hope I’m wrong.’
2020 YouTube rich list
- Ryan Kaji – $29.5 million (£21.8 million)
- MrBeast – $24 million (£17.7 million)
- Dude Perfect – $23 million (£17 million)
- Rhett and Link – $20 million (£14.8 million)
- Markiplier – $19.5 million (£14.4 million)
- Preston Arsement – $19 million (£14 million)
- Nastya – $18.5 million (£13.7 million)
- Blippi – $17 million (£12.5 million)
- David Dobrik – $15.5 million (£11.4 million)
- Jeffree Star – $15 million (£11.1 million)
Credit: Original article published here.