Forbes recently released their list of highest-paid people who don’t have to do a whole lot to make their dough. These five people don’t possess a particular set of skills or knowledge – or any skills or knowledge, really. Instead, they make their living as YouTubers, raking in millions of dollars by sitting in front of a camera and creating the occasional scandal.
He was once known as the most followed person on MySpace, which probably should be kept off the résumé nowadays. Not really something to brag about.
Still, Star raked in $18 million this past year, marking a very successful transition to YouTube considering he’s only been on the platform since 2014. With only 300 videos, he’s amassed 11 million subscribers by smearing makeup on his face and telling other people how to do the same. Just like that, a Star was born out of obscurity.
This guy Daniel Middleton – known as DanTDM online – banked $18.5 million last year, and it all started with playing video games.
Middleton built his massive audience by making his mom proud and sitting in the basement streaming games of “Minecraft” to his equally productive followers. Hey, whatever works. He’s also Australian… so maybe the accent helped?
We take back the line about people on this list not having any skills. Dude Perfect is a sports-focused channel with hundreds of incredible stunts and mind-blowing trick shots.
This talented group of five college buddies went viral, and the rest is history. They may not be using those college degrees, but these dudes are now sharing a cool $20 million. The television appearances and collaborations with famous professional athletes haven’t hurt their cause, either.
We now reinstate what we said about people on this list not having any skills. We’re not sure how this punk (and his big bro Logan Paul) rose to fame, but he’s somehow doing a bang-up job of raking it in, earning $21.5 million last year.
After a series of parties and stunts, he’s been accused of turning his neighborhood into a “war zone.” But when he’s not turning his community into chaos, Jake produces super high quality content that definitely contributes to society, such as daily vlogs and rap videos. More than 17 million idiots tune in to watch him each week.
In the most confusing turn of events of them all, the top-earning YouTube channel features a 7-year-old host named Ryan. When I was 7, I was lucky to bring in a few dollars a year… so Ryan’s $22 million is definitely putting me to shame.
It all began when Ryan’s parents had a lot more of an entrepreneurial spirit than mine did, and began documenting his toy reviews back in 2015. Things caught on, and now Ryan can easily retire by the time he reaches his first double-digit birthday.
“I’m entertaining and I’m funny,” Ryan responded when asked by NBC why people were drawn to his content. He’s rich and modest. What a winner! We know who all the other first graders are chasing around the playground. Note to Ryan’s parents: if you ever need someone to babysit Ryan or play with LEGOs or something, give me a call.
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