Jamie Saari Crawford
Top-Earning YouTube Stars of 2021, according to Forbes
In 2021, it was estimated that YouTube Mr. Beast (Jimmy Donaldson) ranked first as the top-earning YouTuber worldwide with earnings of approximately 54 million U.S. dollars. Jake Paul ranked second, with an estimate of 45 million U.S. dollars earned during the last measured year. Sixth-ranked Anastasia Radzinskaya, who goes by Nastya on her various channels, is seven years old and earned 28 million U.S. dollars in the past year, surpassing YouTuber Ryan Kaji for the first time. Created in 2005, YouTube has become one of the most popular social networks worldwide. As of the first quarter of 2015, the global penetration rate among the online population was 81 percent. As of December 2020, the most-subscribed YouTube channels did not only include popular music artists such as Justin Bieber but also video game commentators or comedy creators. Despite their professional video production values and full-time work commitment to YouTube videos, many of these current YouTube celebrity channels were based on user-generated content such as make-up tutorials, video game commentaries or comedy sketches. As of September, the most-viewed YouTube channel was Ryan ToysReview, featuring children’s toys.