Blogging as a very important part of online journalism has emerged a full-time profession for many individuals worldwide. This profession has made is a lot possible for happenings worldwide to be summarized or expressly noted in spaces on the internet known as blogs. Blogs therefore have become a vital aspect and part of the existing internet facility, and these blog owners who are more known nowadays to be bloggers have evolved major role players in information transfer and conservation either for future or instant reference on the web.
Blogging as a career has taken a different shape, earning millions a lot of money to cater for their families and live the freestyle with no boss to boss them over. The ease at which blogs are created in the 21st century has led to a lot of good and also, damages.
This is due to existence of copy & paste bloggers on the web who hope to make a living by copying and pasting other bloggers’ intellectual property, birthing a new specie of internet theft. Hopefully as time runs to its end, more people will create blogs and copy posts, more people will earn from their blogs and more professional bloggers will emerge.
The profession of blogging is one that is more than fun, more than an upcoming hobby for internet gurus, it’s a whole new career contributing to global communication and betterment of the freelance labourer. In this article, we give you the top 10 richest and most remarkable bloggers in the world.
These are bloggers whose blogs have stood out and are still standing out as this post writes itself to life. Their blogs get millions of views and are known for a particular service delivery to readers; from tech to entertainment and breaking news headlines, the top 10 richest bloggers come in. Check out the top 10 richest bloggers in the world who make several thousand dollars each month…
Top 10 Richest Bloggers in the World:
1. Collis and Cyan Ta’eed | Envato.com | Net Worth: $184 Million Dollars
Collis Ta’eed is one of the founders of Envato; a company that deals in selling creative stock asset for web designers with eight online market platforms in operation. Collis owns a tutorial site that offers courses on web designing, music, web development, video, and photography, known as Tutsplus.
In 2006, Envato was founded by Collis Ta’eed, Cyan Ta’eed and Jun Rung in Sydney. The online venture was initially a lifestyle and business platform, but eventually outgrew the objectives and predefined expectations of the founders. Envato now has over 250 employees, most of whom work at the head office in Australia. Collis Ta’eed who is the lead founder of Envato initially moved to Australia to study mathematics and computer science.
During his highschool days, he met his friend, Jun Rung, who is a graduate of Design at a University, and who introduced Ta’eed to Design later on. Being friends with a Designer, Collis Ta’eed quickly fell in love with Graphic Design and began losing interest in mathematics and computer science. Collis Ta’eed started teaching himself to design through online tutorials, magazines and other sources he could get tutorials from.
This self-teaching activity later inspired him to design a platform that would ease the practice of self-teaching and self-learning, Tutsplus. Later on, Collis got a job as a web designer. While he worked as a web designer, he met other web designers, made friends off them, and that’s how he met Cyan Ta’eed, a fellow web designer at the time. Collis and Cyan Ta’eed found love together and got married.
Collis afterwards earned $400 dollars from selling Flash files on iStockPhoto, and later founded a dedicated Flash files market space online, FlashDen. FlashDen was later rebranded as ActiveDen in 2009, and is now one of the eight marketplaces affiliated with Envato. Collis and Cyan Ta’eed now make millions off Envato. As a pair, they’re one of the richest bloggers in the world with an estimated net worth of $184 million dollars.
2. Gina Trapani | LifeHacker.com | Net Worth: $110 Million Dollars
Gina Trapani is an American writer, web developer, and blogger birthed as Gina Marie Trapani on September 19, 1975. She was born in Brooklyn, New York and was brought up in an Italian Catholic family.
While in highschool, Gina started out with her writing career as she wrote for the YCteen, formerly known as the New Youth Connections. The YCteen is a magazine published by the Youth Communication, and targeted at the teenagers in New York City.
She holds an MS in Computer Science from the Brooklyn College. In January 2005, she founded Lifehacker.com, and ran the blog till 2009 before joining Expert Labs. At Expert Labs, she was a lead developer of the social media aggregation and analysis software application known as ThinkUp. In 2016, ThinkUp was Shuttered. Later in the year 2017, Gina went on to join Postlight, and was the head of Engineering there at Postlight.
Till date, she has published 3 books, been featured on yourBlogstory, and was awarded the Rave Award in 2006 by the Wired Magazine. In 2009 and 2010, Gina Trapani was listed as one of the Most Influential Women in Technology. She’s a very powerful online figure and with an estimated net worth of $110 million dollars, Gina Trapani is one of the richest bloggers in the world.
9. Linda Ikeji | LindaIkejisBlog.com | Net Worth: $40 Million Dollars
Linda Ikeji has stumbled onwards to become a top blogger not in her country, Nigeria alone, but globally. She was birthed as Linda Ifeoma Ikeji on the 19th of September, 1980. She’s an ex-model, an entrepreneur, a news blogger and also, a writer. Currently, Linda Ikeji holds the position as the highest paid solo blogger in Nigeria and also in Africa. Birthed in Imo State, Nigeria, she grew up as a second child in a Catholic family. At the age of 10, the prolific writer’s interest in writing sprouted.
Rounding off secondary school at 17 years of age, she got an admission to study English at the University of Lagos, Nigeria, which she did. Linda didn’t have a wealthy family to provide everything she needed so, to provide her needs herself and also assist her family, she took up jobs as a model, writer and a waitress. In 2004, she graduated with a degree in English Language from the University of Lagos and started out with her blogging career in the year 2006 after visiting a topnotch fashion/lifestyle blog, BellaNaija.com several times.
After setting up her blog, she had to free nor easy access to the internet and then, had to use cyber cafés in uploading her posts on the internet. Initially, her multimillion dollar blog, Lindaikejisblog.com, was run on a sub-domain as Lindaikejisblog.blogspot.com. Eventually as she gained presence on the internet, she went for a more professional blog extension, the .com extension.
She currently owns a TV known as Linda Ikeji TV and other ventures including a social media-cum-e-commerce platform, Lindaikejisocial.com. She runs other online projects including a music blog. Linda earns largely from Google AdSense, direct adverts on her blog by mega brands and organizations, sponsored posts and promotions.
3. Perez Hilton | PerezHilton.com | Net Worth: $30 Million Dollars
Perez Hilton is an American TV personality, columnist and blogger birthed in Miami, Florida, as Mario Armando Lavandeira Jr. on March 23, 1978. He grew up in Little Havana, and also in Westchester, Florida. He attended a boys Catholic school in Miami known as “Belen Jesuit Preparatory School”. In 1996, he graduated from the Catholic school and earned a scholarship to further study at the New York University.
In 2000, Perez Hilton graduated from the New York University and decided to chase a career in movie acting just before he founded his blog. Also, he worked as a freelance writer (mostly for gay publications), a receptionist at NYC gay events club, as a managing director at gay men’s magazine known as Instinct, and as media relations assistant at GLAAD.
He’s known as the founder of PerezHilton.com, a very famed celebrity gossip blog. Perez also published tabloid photos and tags his own captions to the photos. His gossip blog is one of the most popular blogs and most controversial blog on celebrity news coverage due to the style and manner in reporting. He has an estimated net worth of $30 million dollars and is one of the richest bloggers in the world.
4. Pete Cashmore | Mashable.com | Net Worth: $20 Million Dollars
Pete Cashmore is one of the top 10 richest bloggers in the world. He was born Pete Cashmore on September 18, 1985, and is the founder of Mashable; one of the world’s most trafficked blogs. Pete was raised in Banchory and at the age of 19, he founded the master blog, Mashable, in Aberdeen, Scotland. In the year 2009, Pete Cashmore was listed as one of the Top 25 Web Celebs by Forbes.
In the same year, he was listed as one of Inc’s 30 Under 30 and Huffington Post’s “Top 10 Game Changers 2009”. While he’s the Chief Executive Officer of Mashable, at CNN, Pete publishes a column pertaining the social media and tech every week. Also in 2009, Cashmore earned the crown as the most influential registered Twitter user, and also the most influential Briton by INQ.
In 2012, the super blogger and entrepreneur was listed as one of the top 100 most influential people by Time Magazine. His blog, Mashable, is worth several million dollars and is frequently updated on a daily basis. Mashable’s traffic is first-class; only a few solo blogs generate such in same timeframe as Mashable, and generates same figure in revenue relatively.
5. Michael Arrington | TechCrunch.com | Net Worth: $15 Million Dollars
Michael Arrington sits as the 3rd richest blogger in the world currently. He was birthed as J. Michael Arrington on March 13, 1970. He is the founder and was the former coeditor of giant tech blog, TechCrunch.com.
The blog, TechCrunch, was founded in 2005, it provides a wide range of tech-related content which ranges from Silicon Valley Tech Start-up communities, United States tech update releases and other very huge tech updates, news, and releases. He was picked as one of the most influential people in the world by Time Magazines in 2008, and was named by Forbes and Wired Magazines as one of the Internet’s most powerful persons.
The blog which is frequently updated with high class tech news and updates rose to fame with Arrington as its founder. It was reported in September 2011 that Michael Arrington stopped working for the company he founded, TechCrunch, and was with AOL Ventures. Few days later, it was reported that he didn’t work any longer for the company, AOL Ventures.
He resumed writing at TechCrunch in October 2012. Michael Arrington was given birth to in Huntington Beach, California, but was brought up in his birthplace and Surrey in England. The world-class blogger studied at the University of California. With a major in Economics, Michael Arrington graduated from Claremont McKenna College.
Blogger Arrington is staggeringly intelligent as he also studied at Stanford Law School and successful graduated from the school in 1995. Added to this, Michael Arrington studied and practiced Corporate and Securities Law at O’Melveny & Myers and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.
He’s got several managerial skills and also too many ideas in starting up ventures. He cofounded Achex, a company that enabled online payments. The company was later sold for the whooping sum of $32 million dollars to First Data Corp.
Arrington reported that he made enough money to purchase a Porsche ride in 2007. Achex was sold and is now online a programmable part of Western Union back end. Michael Arrington also cofounded Zip.ca, Pool.com and founded Edgeio. Michael has worked with companies like Razorgator and Foldera while serving in directional positions.
6. Harvey Levin | TMZ.com | Net Worth: $15 Million Dollars
Harvey Levin is an American lawyer, celebrity reporter and TV producer birthed to a Jewish family in Los Angeles County, California as Harvey Robert Levin on September 2, 1950.
He’s the founder of very popular celebrity news and gossip blog TMZ, and also the host of OBJECTified. The show, OBJECTified is aired on the famous Fox News TV channel. His highschool times were spent learning at the Grover Cleveland High School, Los Angeles.
In 1972, Harvey graduated from the University of California with a B.A. in Political Science. He went further to study at the University of Chicago Law School where he graduated with a J.D. from the Institution. TMZ currently attracts well over 10 million page views monthly and is one of a kind as a celebrity news blog with various sections. Harvey Levin has an estimated net worth of $15 million dollars.
7. Timothy Sykes | TimothySykes.com | Net Worth: $12 Million Dollars
Timothy Sykes is an American entrepreneur and stock trader birthed on the 15 of April, 1981. While studying at the Tulane University, Timothy did day trading and was able to generate about $1.65 million dollars from his venture while in school at age 21.
In 2003, he graduated from the Tulane University with a minor in Business and a B.Sc in Philosophy. He was able to establish Cilantro Fund Management with a million dollars during his senior year in 2003.
In 2008 again, he tested his investment success beginning with the sum of $12,415, the exact figure he started day trading with. In 2010, he was able to grow the figure to $90,368 and emerged the top trader as stated and observed by Covestor. In 2012, he founded “Miss Penny Stock” beauty pageant and has gone further to establish other ventures. He’s really wealthy, young and is a top blogger with an estimated net worth of $12 million dollars.
8. Matt Marshall | VentureBeat.com | Net Worth: $11 Million Dollars
Matt Marshall is the founder of VentureBeat. He’s really a smart personality as he got up with the idea that no online platform covered the entrepreneurial and technology industry in depth.
He launched the platform in 2006, and previously covered the San Jose Mercury News’ venture capital from the year 2001 to the founding year of VentureBeat. He earned an award in 2002 as the Journalist of the Year. The award was given by the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists.
Matt was also a correspondent as the prominent Wall Street Journal from 1995 to 1995 in Germany. In 1994, he wrote as a writer staff for the Washington Post. He studied German and European Studies at the Georgetown University, and graduated with an M.A. He’s also a PhD holder in Government. Matt Marshall has an estimated net worth of $11 million dollars and is the Executive Producer of DEMO.
10. Jake Dobkins | Gothamist.com | Net Worth: $8 Million Dollars
Jake Dobkins is a top blogger worldwide. He’s the founder of Gothamist.com, a food and events blog. The blog was founded in the year 2003 by Jake Donkins and Jen Chung, an editor. With time, other online ventures which include LAist, DCist, SFist, and Chicagoist were run by the company.
The Gothamist soon began generating about $110,000 dollars monthly and in 2017, the company, Gothamist was sold out to the CEO of DNAinfo, Joe Ricketts. Just after the Gothamist was acquired by Joe, stories covering him were selected from the blog’s archive and deleted by Jake and Chung. The Gothamist remains a top blog on the web and generates more revenue than over 70% of the blogs online.
Jake Dobkins isn’t the only founder of the blog and affiliated blog networks, the revenue from the company and connected ventures isn’t channeled to his pockets alone, and this is a reason he’s down below on this list. He has a calculated net worth of $8 million dollars.
That’s all about the Top 10 Richest Bloggers in the World & Their Net Worth by Moss9ja