There's Something Kinda F*cked Up About The 10 Richest YouTubers Of 2017

8 December 2017, 11:20

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By Josh Lee

An extremely awkward pattern has emerged from the Forbes 10 wealthiest YouTubers of 2017 list.

Forbes magazine just revealed the 10 wealthiest YouTubers of 2017, and there's a super uncomfortable pattern in the list: they're almost all men.

Only one woman was featured on the list, which bases YouTubers' estimated earnings on "data from YouTube, Social Blade and Captiv8, as well as interviews with agents, managers, publicists, producers and lawyers": Lilly Singh, who came in at number 10 on the chart.

Racial diversity was slightly ahead of gender equality on the list, with three of the 10 wealthiest YouTubers of 2017 being non-white (Evan Fong, Markiplier and Lilly Singh). But there's still a long way to go before true representation is achieved in terms of gender and race.

PewDiePie, who was last year's highest-earning YouTuber, fell from 1st place to 6th - a drop which probably wasn't helped by the YouTuber's numerous racial controversies this year.

Here's the Top 10 Richest YouTubers of 2017 list in full

10. Lilly Singh - £7.8m ($10.5m)

9. Smosh - £8.2m ($11m)

8. Ryan ToysReview - £8.2m ($11m)

7. Jake Paul - £8.6m ($11.5m)

6. PewDiePie - £9m ($12m)

5. Logan Paul - £9.3m ($12.5)

4. Markiplier - £9.3m ($12.5)

3. Dude Perfect - £10.5m ($14m)

2. Evan Fong (VossGaming - £11.6m ($15.5m)

1. Daniel Middleton (DanTDM) - £12.5m ($16.5m)