Markipler is now considered as one of the highest-paid YouTube personalities with his $17.5 million earnings during a 12-month scorching period.
Mark Fischbach or more commonly known as Markiplier by his fans is a native of Hawaii. It was in 2012 when he launched his YouTube channel when he was studying at the University of Cincinnati under the biomedical engineering program. During that time, he was going through a tough situation. He had broken up with his girlfriend, lost his desk job, and had surgery to remove his adrenal gland tumor that surgeons discovered when they took out his appendix.
YouTube Fame Means Money
The famous YouTuber, 29, now lives in Los Angeles. In a statement, he said that a lot of things have been going on with his life, so he decided to do something. At first, Markiplier recorded snippets of his audio practice for a potential voice acting career. Soon enough, he found an audience when he played video games and provided with running commentary. This is because people find gaming videos more interesting compared to some scripted comedy and pranks. This is what fuels a lot of the myths about buying YouTube views because they seem to always turn into money.
Markiplier now has 22.4 million subscribers as well as 10 billion video views of his work. He is also one of the five gamers included in this list of highest-earning YouTubers in 2018. In addition, the top 10 YouTube personalities earned an aggregate of $180.5 million in 2018 and up to 42 percent from 2017. Basically, more posts mean more viewers, whereas more viewers mean more profit.
The Money Mogul With YouTube Views
Similar to any other excellent mogul, Markiplier is diversifying. In October 2018, he and Sean McLoughlin, his fellow list member who is more popularly known as Jacksepticeye founded Cloak, an athleisure line. This workout line includes #35 t-shirts as well as $85 sweaters. And even though the fans of these two workouts nothing but their thumbs, Cloak’s presale items sold out in a span of 48 hours.
Furthermore, merchandise has become an increasingly important part of the revenue stream of the top digital personalities included in this list aside from the top one personality. Each of the YouTubers in this top 10 list has entered the world of merchandise. Their sales even helped them account for the aforementioned 42 percent increase in income in 2017.
According to Markiplier, he sees Cloak as his initial step towards an asset-built empire that is more tangible compared to uploading videos on YouTube. But for now, all the video of his gameplays serve as his force multiplier. Still, Markiplier is thinking ahead just like any other good businessman. He noted that he is not going to be able to create videos on YouTube forever, so he needed to have a plan for his future.
10 of the Highest-Paid YouTube Personalities in 2018
10. Logan Paul
Logan Paul’s total earnings in 2018 were $14.5 million. However, in the same year, he has kicked off the preferred program of YouTube when he published a video of a hanging body of someone who committed suicide in Japan’s infamous suicide forest. The elder Paul’s brother apologized but his income from his videos and brand deals was still negatively affected. Notably, YouTube’s Google Preferred program was the one responsible for giving preferable ad rates to popular YouTube channels. Still, Logan Paul’s loyal fans kept his merchandise business afloat.
This YouTuber’s 2018 earnings were a solid $15.5 million. Felix Kjellberg or more popularly known as PewDiePie by his fans is a Swedish gamer who has the most number of YouTube followers. His channel has a total of 72.5 million subscribers. Despite a backlash in 2017 when he published a rash of anti-Semitic videos, PewDiePie managed to make advertisers return, lowing him to earn up to $450,000 for a sponsored video.
With a total of $16 million 2018 earnings, Sean McLoughlin or Jacksepticeye is the most famous YouTube star in Ireland. This foul-mouthed and energetic YouTuber publishes video games with colorful commentaries. He also did a series for Disney and developed exclusive content for Twitch, a popular video game streaming platform.
7. Vanoss Gaming
The witty Canadian gamer Vanoss Gaming had $17 million in total earnings in 2018. Vanoss Gaming or Evan Fong in real life plays mainstream games such as Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty. Apart from his YouTube channel, Fong also launched a hip hop career. However, music is not proving nearly as plausible as the subtle art of making YouTube videos.
Markipier, a native of Hawaii stays in front of his PS4 for almost all day every day. However, he is not doing this as a past-time. This YouTuber earned a total of $17.5 million in 2018 for publishing game videos on YouTube. He was also able to tour North America and signed brand deals worth seven figures. As mentioned, he and Jacksepticeye also launched the high-end athleisure line for gamers Cloak.
5. Jeffree Star
Jeffree Star is a famous makeup artist who garnered a total of $18 million earnings in 2018. He was already famous ever since the MySpace era, reinvented himself as a beauty guru, and co-founded Jeffree Star Cosmetics– a makeup line that sells approximately over $100 million worth of lipstick, eyeshadow, and highlighters annually.
Daniel Middleton is 2017’s top earner with $16.5 million in total earnings. In 2018, he moved to the fourth spot with a total of $18.5 million earnings. DanTDM is a British gamer who specializes in Minecraft. He has 20.7 million followers who shell out his merchandise such as backpacks, hoodies, and baseball caps.
3. Dude Perfect
This channel was created by a five-man sports team, allowing them to earn $20 million in 2018. Coby and Cory Cotton, Garrett Hilbert, Tyler Toney, and Cody James specialize in intricate trick shots like hurling ping-pong balls that trigger dominos of Oreos to fall, which amassed a total of 175 million views.
2. Jake Paul
Jake Paul is the younger brother of the disgraced Logan Paul. In 2018, he earned a total of $21.5 million for his YouTube videos and his thriving merchandise business. Jake Paul also garnered 3.5 billion views on his rap songs and goofy pranks.
1. Ryan ToysReview
Ryan is a typical 7-year-old boy who loves Legos, cars, and trains. However, what sets him apart from other children is the fact that he has a YouTube channel with 17 million followers and total earnings of #22 million in 2018. His latest mini-mogul step is a line of collectibles that can now be bought in Wallmart.