3. Markiplier – $ 9 million
“Hellooooo everybody, my name is Maaaarkiplier!” is the signature sign on to every single one of Markiplier’s YouTube videos, which he intones dramatically with hardly restrained flamboyance in his characteristic deep baritone voice and perfect diction, which makes him sound like a professional radio announcer. A half South Korean native of the United States, after achieving outstanding success on YouTube and making his millions, Markiplier moved to Southern California with some partners to help him grow his channel in a dedicated video-making business frat house of sorts. He’s not the only person his massive audience helps to pay the bills. Markiplier, like PewDiePie and JackScepticEye, is a video gaming YouTuber. Yes all those millions of dollars were made having fun playing video games and being silly, and sharing that experience with others who are eager to view by the millions. Mark especially loves to play horror themed video games, virtual reality games, and independent video games that many of his viewers encounter for the first time on his channel. While JackScepticEye describes himself as the most manic YouTube creator, in reality that title probably goes to Jack’s good friend, the ever manic, always yelling, constantly cursing Markiplier.
4. The Fine Bros – $8.5 million
Oh the Fine Bros. Where to begin about the Fine Brothers? These enterprising brothers, Benny and Rafi Fine, first started their YouTube channel in 2004, and became extremely successful for their ongoing series of React videos, featuring different demographic groups (usually by age) reacting to things or videos in a focus-group like, informal interview setting, often with something outside that demographic group’s likely range of experiences (so for example, “Elders React to Twerking,” “Kids React to Gameboy,” “Parents React to Creepy Clowns Videos,” or “Teens React to Notorious B.I.G.”). Amassing millions of subscribers to their interesting and endlessly entertaining format, the Fine Bros racked up billions of views and made themselves millionaires in the process. They did encounter massive push back at the beginning of 2016, however, when they tried to trademark the term “React” and encouraged users to police other videos that used the word “react” without their permission, resulting in pretty stiff criticism from most of the YouTube community, and helping launch Ethan and Hila of h3h3 Productions to fame with a highly viewed critical video.