Highest-paid YouTube stars: Evan Fong, the man behind Vanoss Gaming



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YouTube’s biggest celebrities have mastered the art of attracting audiences to monetize their sponsored videos and ads. Along the way, these internet stars are also making a name for themselves offline, often publishing books or getting roles on TV shows or offers from Netflix, Disney or YouTube Red. Evan Fong is a 26 year old Canadian who started the VanossGaming YouTube channel. Like many other highest paid YouTube stars, he posts comedic videos of himself playing video games. As of November 2018, Fong’s channel had over 10 billion video views and 23.8 million subscribers on YouTube, making it the 29th most-subscribed channel on YouTube. Fong is the seventh highest-paid YouTube star of the year with $ 17 million in earnings.

Evan Fong was born in March 1992 in Toronto, Ontario. Canada. He is of Asian descent with a Korean mother and a Chinese father. He graduated from Richmond Hill High School. He was introduced to video games at a young age because his father was an avid gamer. He started out with children’s adventure and puzzle games. After high school, Fong enrolled in college as a major in economics. He dropped out in his sophomore year of college to focus full-time on his YouTube channel. His parents were worried at first, but Fong eventually convinced them that the YouTube player was a viable career.


Fong created the VanossGaming YouTube channel on September 15, 2011. The name Vanoss comes from Vanos, a variable valve timing system made by BMW. Fong’s father’s PlayStation 3 username was vanoss62. His son then made it his own. In early 2015, Fong started gaining mainstream media attention as his YouTube channel approached 11 million subscribers and ranked among the top 25 most-subscribed channels on YouTube. At that time, Fong was considered one of the leading figures in the growing video game commentary subculture. In March 2015, he appeared on the First Gaming Panel at a “YouTube Gaming Evolution” panel convention at the PAX East event in Boston.

Fong has worked with a number of popular YouTube creators including I Am Wildcat, Adam “SeaNanners” Montoya, Tom “Syndicate” Cassell, and others.

When not creating content for his YouTube channel, Fong enjoys playing ice hockey and guitar.



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