The Highest-Paid YouTubers of all times

New data from industry analysts, Vidible, has revealed the highest-paid YouTubers of all time. The list is led by the pre-digital stars of analogue TV: Dr. Phil and Ellen DeGeneres. However, it is the digital stars of today’s world who are making the most cash from their channels. According to Vidible’s calculations, these YouTubers will earn almost $300 million between them this year.

In this article, we take a look at some of the top influencers on YouTube in terms of popularity, views, subscribers and revenue – these are the YouTubers who have made it big through their online videos. If you are an aspiring YouTuber with aspirations to join this exclusive club one day then read on for our guide to becoming a successful vlogger…

Topic Index
  1. Dr. Phil
    1. Ellen DeGeneres
    2. Smosh
  2. ## Roman Atwood
  3. Ray Diaz
  4. DanTDM aka Dan Black

Dr. Phil

Phil McGraw (aka Dr. Phil) is the biggest name on this list by far. As one of the most renowned “therapists” in the world, Dr. Phil has made a successful transition from TV to online with his Dr. Phil YouTube channel. The channel currently boasts over 7 million subscribers, making it one of the most popular and highly-subscribed channels on the site.

Dr. Phil has been a huge part of YouTube since he launched his channel in 2007. The channel has grown tremendously over the years, earning Dr. Phil the #1 spot on our list of the highest-paid YouTubers of all time.

Dr. Phil’s channel has earned him an estimated $87.5 million so far, and Vidible estimates that he’ll bring in another $50 million this year. This makes him the highest-paid YouTuber of all time, as well as one of the richest TV personalities ever.

The content on Dr. Phil’s channel includes everything from therapy sessions to health and fitness advice, with a heavy focus on pop psychology. While the content is mostly serious, Dr. Phil does inject some humor into the channel from time to time.

Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres has been a TV staple for almost 30 years, but she has also been transitioning her brand to the digital sphere for a while now. Her EllenTube channel on YouTube features a range of different content, including reality TV spoofs, sketches with her famous friends, comedy sketches, and the occasional guest appearance from her sidekick, Andy.

EllenTube has enjoyed a rapid ascent to success, becoming YouTube’s most-subscribed channel in just two months after its launch. Ellen’s channel has over 90 million subscribers, and Vidible estimates that it will earn her $72 million this year.

The content on EllenTube is as broad as it is varied. Ellen’s channel features everything from dance tutorials to prank videos, but it is mostly about light-hearted content.

Ellen has been branching out further into the digital sphere, launching a mobile game called Heads Up in 2015. Ellen’s game is a trivia game that lets the player guess the phrase being described by someone else.


Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox, aka Smosh, are the veterans on this list. They have been creating content together since 2000, but have only recently made the jump to YouTube. The duo’s YouTube channel has been a resounding success since its launch in 2007, with over 90 million subscribers.

Smosh’s channel has earned the pair an estimated $72 million so far, and Vidible anticipates that they will make another $60 million in 2019.

The content on Smosh’s channel is a mix of sketches, parodies, and humorous challenges. The channel’s focus has been on nostalgic content about toys, TV shows, and other cultural phenomena from the past.

Smosh has also found success outside YouTube. The duo has a successful podcast, a mobile game, and a mobile app that lets fans interact with the duo.

## Roman Atwood

Roman Atwood is one of the biggest pranksters on YouTube, and he has been successfully capitalizing on the genre for years now. The YouTuber’s channel has earned him an estimated $68 million, and Vidible expects it to earn another $55 million this year.

Atwood’s channel features a mix of pranks and challenges, with the occasional video about his family thrown into the mix.

Atwood’s pranks are some of YouTube’s most notorious, and he frequently collaborates with other YouTubers. The prankster also occasionally ventures outside YouTube and into the real world, hosting live events for his fans.

Atwood has also published a book, created a mobile game, and has a line of merchandise available for purchase.

Ray Diaz

Ray Diaz is a relative newcomer to the YouTube scene, having only started his channel in 2017. However, Diaz has quickly become one of the biggest YouTubers on the site with his “grow house” videos and challenge videos.

Diaz’s channel has earned him an estimated $65.5 million so far, and Vidible expects it to bring in another $50 million this year.

The majority of Diaz’s content is focused around his “grow house” videos, which show him growing marijuana and asking viewers for “tips” on how to improve his plants.

Diaz also hosts challenge videos, including eating a live tarantula and eating a huge bowl of cereal filled with milk and Froot Loops.

DanTDM aka Dan Black

DanTDM is another YouTuber who made his name with gaming videos, earning him an estimated $63.5 million so far. Vidible expects him to earn another $50 million this year.

Black’s channel features a mix of let’s plays and other types of game-related content.

Black’s let’s plays usually feature him playing Minecraft, although he’s also played other games like Roblox and Five Nights at Freddy’s. The gamer also occasionally hosts live events, like a tour that visited 13 cities across the UK and Ireland.

Black has published a book, hosted a tour, and made a cameo in the film adaptation of the novel You.

Success comes in many forms, and YouTube offers everyone a chance to make a living doing what they love. No matter which YouTuber you are, remember to keep pushing forward and always stay true to yourself. You never know who you might inspire with your videos!

If you’re thinking about creating a YouTube channel, keep these highest-paid YouTubers in mind. They all started from humble beginnings, so you can, too.

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