It's almost the New Year and what a year 2018 has been, especially in the Youtube community with scandals and controversy throughout.
Forbes has compiled a list of the top 10 YouTube stars this year. Between them they earned an whopping $181.5M.
Some of the names on the list are no surprise, others are interesting.
Here are the highest-grossing Youtubers for 2018;
10 Logan Paul
Despite his extremely controversial start in 2018. Logan Paul did well for himself this year. If he did have the Japan scandal, we would have expected a higher grossing 2018. The 23-year-old elder Paul brother was kicked off YouTube’s Google Preferred program back in January, which gives favourable ad rates to popular channels. His income from videos and brand deals took a big hit, but loyal fans kept his hefty merch business going.
The popular gamer took a break from gaming this year and made more reaction and commentary videos in place of the videos that made him. Despite a backlash last year after a rash of anti-Semitic videos, advertisers have returned to Felix, shelling out up to $450,000 for a sponsored video.
Seán McLoughlin AKA Jacksepticeye is the most popular YouTuber in Ireland thanks to his hilarious video-game commentary. He made a collab with Disney for a series and is currently developing exclusive content for live-streaming platform Twitch.
7 Vanoss Gaming
Evan Fong from Canada plays mainstream titles like Call of Duty and Assassin’s Creed.
The Hawaiian gamer signed seven-figures worth of brand deals this year.
5 Jeffree Star
The beauty guru turned business mogul earns his cash by selling his eyeshadow pallettes and lipsticks from Jeffree Star Cosmetics.
Daniel Middleton, a British gamer who specializes in Minecraft—has been playing on-camera for six years, amassing a following of 20.7 million, who shell out for his tour and merch.
3 Dude Perfect
A 5-man sports crew that specializes in intricate trick shots, are the world's 3rd highest-paid YouTube stars.
2 Jake Paul
Younger brother to Logan Paul, Jake earned his income from his thriving merchandise business, which he plugs in every one of his videos.
1 Ryan ToysReview
The Kids channel features Ryan reviewing Toys like Lego, cars and train much like any seven year old but the mini-mogul earns his coin from selling his line of collectables in American chain store, Walmart.