- Forbes released its list of the 10 highest-paid YouTubers of 2019, based on data from social-media trackers and interviews with industry insiders.
- While much of the list is the same as last year, some were edged out of the top 10, including Jake and Logan Paul.
- Jake Paul was the second-highest-paid YouTuber last year, and Logan Paul was No. 10.
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Forbes’ list is based on data from social-media trackers and interviews with insiders from the influencer industry. The list takes into account both ad money from YouTube videos and other revenue streams, including merch and branded products.
In 2018, Jake Paul was Forbes’ second-highest-earning YouTuber, bringing in an estimated $21.5 million. Logan Paul was No. 10 last year, earning an estimated $14.5 million. Neither brother made the cut for 2019’s top 10 list.
Representatives for Jake and Logan Paul did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Forbes confirmed to Business Insider that the brothers’ earnings were considered using the same criteria in 2018 and 2019.
For years, the Paul brothers were relentless vloggers, each uploading at least one video to their respective channels daily. Both brothers stopped daily vlogging in mid-2018, citing goals to explore other projects.
The Forbes ranking of highest-paid YouTubers is a testament to the buying power of YouTube’s young audience. Nearly every YouTuber in 2019’s top 10 list targets a fan base of mostly children and teens, and some of the top earners are children themselves – the 5-year-old Anastasia Radzinskaya was No. 3 and the 8-year-old Ryan Kaji was 2019’s top earner, making an estimated $26 million.