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MEET THE YOUTUBE MILLIONAIRES: These are the 10 highest-paid YouTube stars of 2017

No. 10: Lilly Singh — $10.5 million

No. 10: Lilly Singh — $10.5 million

Income: $10.5 million

Lilly Singh produces comedy sketches, music videos, and other media on her one-woman YouTube channel, "Superwoman," where she has a rabid fan base of over 12.7 million followers. Singh has also released a feature film, called "Trip to Island Unicorn," for YouTube Red, the company's premium service.

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No. 8 (tie): Ryan ToysReview — $11 million

No. 8 (tie): Ryan ToysReview — $11 million

Income: $11 million

Likely the envy of elementary school kids worldwide, the 6-year-old Ryan of YouTube's Ryan ToysReview makes millions for his family by opening and reviewing new toys. The family-run channel has over 10 million followers.

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No. 8 (tie): Smosh — $11 million

No. 8 (tie): Smosh — $11 million

Income: $11 million

Smosh, started by comedy duo Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla, was one of the first YouTube sensations, becoming well known for the duo's slapstick comedy videos that parodied video games and pop culture.

Anthony Padilla left the Smosh channel in June 2017 to create his own solo YouTube account, which now has over 2 million followers.

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No. 7: Jake Paul — $11.5 million

No. 7: Jake Paul — $11.5 million

Income: $11.5 million

Jake Paul started out as a personality on the now-defunct Vine, creating comedic shorts with his older brother, Logan Paul (the fourth-highest earner on this list). Jake Paul now posts comedy videos, original music, and other material on his personal YouTube account, which has over 12 million followers. He's also become something of a villain in pop culture.

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No. 6: Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) — $12 million

No. 6: Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) — $12 million

Income: $12 million

Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg is a boisterous Swedish video game commentator whose videos feature him playing various video games, while a box in the top corner of the screen shows his reactions to what's happening. His YouTube account has over 58 million followers.

Kjellberg came into a negative spotlight earlier this year after a Wall Street Journal report described anti-Semitic messages in his videos, leading Disney and YouTube to cut direct business ties with him (though he hasn't been barred from YouTube).

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No. 4 (tie): Mark Fischbach (Markiplier) — $12.5 million

No. 4 (tie): Mark Fischbach (Markiplier) — $12.5 million

Income: $12.5 million

Mark Fischbach, known as Markiplier, is a YouTuber focused on gaming. He has an energetic style, and his site has over 18 million followers. Fischbach has ambitions beyond YouTube, as well. He told Variety last year that he wanted to "push [himself] into music and acting."

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No. 4 (tie): Logan Paul — $12.5 million

No. 4 (tie): Logan Paul — $12.5 million

Income: $12.5 million

The former Vine star and older brother of Jake Paul has over 14 million followers on his personal YouTube account, where he posts vlogs and comedic reaction videos. He and his brother have acted on numerous television shows, including their Disney channel sitcom, "Bizaardvark."

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No. 3: Dude Perfect — $14 million

No. 3: Dude Perfect — $14 million

Income: $14 million

Dude Perfect is a channel from twins Cory and Coby Cotton and three other "best buddies" from Texas A&M, all former high school basketball players. They do sports tricks and comedy, some of which makes fun of sports stereotypes.

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No. 2: Evan Fong (VanossGaming) — $15.5 million

No. 2: Evan Fong (VanossGaming) — $15.5 million

Income: $15.5 million

VanossGaming (or Vanoss) is the YouTube name of Evan Fong, a 25-year-old Canadian. While not much is known about Fong, he posts comedy videos that show him playing various video games. What sets his videos apart is the quality of his editing — he frequently posts montages that compress his hours of gaming into one compact video of funny moments.

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No. 1: Daniel Middleton (DanTDM) — $16.5 million

No. 1: Daniel Middleton (DanTDM) — $16.5 million

Income: $16.5 million

26-year-old Daniel Middleton, otherwise known as TheDiamondMinecart, is a popular YouTuber focused on the game Minecraft. Middleton posts daily reviews and gameplay videos. He is married to another popular Minecraft YouTuber, JemPlaysMC. This year, he had a world tour that included four sold-out nights at the Sydney Opera House.

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