Tyler Oakley has over 7.2 million subscribers on YouTube, making him one of the most popular vloggers. As a gay, he is passionate about LGBT and enjoys writing about humour, pop culture, and gay life. With his popularity, Tyler Oakley’s net worth rose slowly over the years.
Tyler Oakley’s net worth is $10 million as of 2021, a result of his tremendous success on the internet. Tyler Oakley built his fortune on YouTube, where he discusses a wide range of topics, many of which are related to homosexual issues. He earns money by running advertisements on his channel.
Tyler Oakley’s YouTube career began in 2007 when he launched the Tyler Oakley channel. He’s filmed hundreds of videos about his life, including ones pushing for LGBT rights and candidly discussing LGBTQ topics.
Bloomberg branded Tyler Oakley as a “YouTube phenomenon” and his fame has risen in recent years. This is thanks to his performances on Ellen DeGeneres’ show, singing with One Direction, and other high-profile appearances.
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He’s currently signed to Ellen DeGeneres’ production company and makes up to $8 million per year through his YouTube channel, merchandising, and other side hustles.
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Childhood And Education
Mathew Tyler Oakley was born in Michigan on March 22, 1989, to a family of 14. However, his parents divorced while he was still a baby. In sixth grade, Oakley moved to Okemos and became involved in chorus and theatre.
Oakley received a Bachelor of Arts in communication, marketing, and social media from Michigan State University. He went through a moment of sorrow while in college after a breakup of a long-term relationship. Oakley admits he considered suicide at the moment.
This was also his first time using YouTube to communicate with his high school friends who were attending other schools. Oakley then became active on several social media platforms.
At an earlier age, he identified himself as a “professional fangirl” and is a fan of Darren Criss from Glee and Julie Chen from CBS’s daytime talk show The Talk.
Oakley gained the attention of celebrities and corporations, such as Liam Payne of One Direction and the Taco Bell restaurant company. He did this through the social media platform Twitter, after commenting on or tweeting about their previous tweets. Because of his success and visibility across many social media platforms, Oakley met US President Barack Obama in the White House.
According to The Advocate’s 2014 “40 Under 40: Emerging Voices,” Oakley is the first openly homosexual person many people have accepted. According to the influencer marketing tool Klear, Oakley has an Influencer Score of 99, making him one of the world’s top celebrity influencers.
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Oakley starred in the YouTube Red show, Escape the Night with Joey Graceffa. In the show, he played “The Thespian” for ten episodes of Season 2.
In 2014, Oakley introduced his “Tyler Oakley’s Slumber Party” live entertainment tour, where he performed skits for his audience. He also created a platform for interacting with the audience while he was in pyjamas.
His two initial shows, in Chicago and Royal Oak, Michigan, both sold out in 72 hours in early October. The third leg of the tour, which was supposed to take place in 40 locations, started on the East Coast with seven shows in December 2014.
Oakley was a part of DigiTour’s 2014 summer tour in the United States, which featured YouTube and Vine stars. That same year, Tyler and his best friend, Korey Kuhl, hosted Psychobabble. The podcast was a success and had 300 episodes as of 2020.
Oakley has made several television appearances, some of which aired on national television. He was a co-host of Insider Tonight with Kevin Frazier and Thea Andrews. He did live interviews from the 2014 Kids Choice Awards red carpet, as well as many other events where he met and spoke with celebrities.
In December 2020, Oakley announced he will take an indefinite break from filming YouTube videos.
Awards And Nominations
In 2014, Tyler Oakley was a nominee for the Young Hollywood Award. In 2016, he was up for the best web personality award at the Webby award. Tyler finally won the Webby awards as the best web personality and host in 2017.