Shane Dawson is one of the most famous American YouTube stars. He is also an actor, musician, and comedian. Shane earned a reputation for great documentary-style expose and conspiracy videos. He started with comedy videos and now shares conspiracy theories. How much is Shane Dawson net worth?
Consider this for a second. Shane is one of the highest-earning YouTube stars in the world. His popularity is so high, he launched a line of cosmetics with makeup tycoon Jeffree Star.
Dawson started his career at the age of 19. This was back in 2008. He made his first channel in March 2008 and quickly rose to fame. By 2010, he amassed more than 500 million views.
Shane’s early work was more about comedy. He posted sketch comedy videos. He played original characters and impersonated celebrities. The title of his first video is Kermit the Frog and Me. You can still find the video on his channel.
In the beginning, Dawson worked with Jenny Craig and his mother and brother. Yet, Jenny fired him in August 2008 after uploading a video of himself pole dancing in the workplace.
In September the same year, Dawson uploaded the video Fred is Dead. In it and the following videos, Shane performed as a drug-addled, often drunk, and cultural stereotype characters. Some of them include Ned the Nerd, S-Deezy the Gangster, Barb the Lesbian, Guadalupe the Mexican dude, and many more.
In 2010, Forbes named him one of the 25th Most Famous Web Celebrities. In the early years, he had three channels. He posted short movies and music video parodies on ShaneDawsonTV. Then, on ShaneDawsonTV2, now called Human Emoji, he posted other videos. And he posted vlogs and now original content on Shane, his third channel.
In August 2010, he announced the making of a 30-minute pilot. The story of the television show centered on a teenage boy in school and his interactions with other characters. In the next months and years, he uploaded a few videos explaining what is happening with the show. He even worked with Happy Madison Productions to create the television show. But that did not happen.
In January 2012, he announced a new television show based on his life working at a Weight Loss center. While he tried to pitch it, the show did not see the light of the day. He then tried working on a comedy-horror movie. That did not happen as well.
In March 2012, Dawson tried a music career. He released the debut single SUPERLUV through iTunes with an accompanying music video on YouTube. By the summer of 2012, he released another song. He called it a breakup song in the mood of Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone”.
In June 2013, Dawson again changed his content idea. At this point, he started a podcast, Shane and Friends. He also pitched a talk show about him working in a weight loss center.
In December 2014, Shane got into a problem with Taylor Swift. He released a parody of the song Blank Space. But he had to remove it due to violent content.
In the next few years, Dawson released two memoirs. His first memoir is I Hate Myself: A Collection of Essays. He released it in 2015. The next year he followed it up with It Gets Worse: A Collection of Essays.
In 2017, Shane Dawson completely shifted the focus of his channel. He started doing vlogs, conspiracy theory videos, documentary-style series, and more. Dawson started collaborating with other YouTube stars, including Morgan Adams, Tana Mongeau, Drew Monson, Ryland Adams, James Charles, and more.
One of his most successful documentaries is The Truth about TanaCon. He uploaded it in June 2018. It was a three-part documentary about the TanaCon convention.
In August 2018, he covered the Internet sensation Jeffree star. The five-part series included interviews and day-to-day experience with the makeup mogul Jeffree Star. In September the same year, he covered the Internet sensation Jake Paul in an eight-part series.
At the beginning of 2019, Dawson released conspiracy theories videos. They include videos about the Apple Face time glitch, Woolsey Fire, Camp Fire, deepfakes, and much more.
Shane Dawson net worth is more than $12 million. He earned most of his money through his YouTube channel. His channel has more than 23 million subscribers. And he gets between 10 and 20 million views on his video. Since the beginning, his channel accumulated more than 6 billion views. Shane gets an average of 1.5 million views per day. Do the math and he earns between $7,000 and $10,000 per day.
Shane also released two New York Times best-selling books. We mentioned these memoirs before, I Hate Myself and It Gets Worse.
His podcast Shane and Friends ran from 2013 to 2017 and produced 140 episodes. At the peak, the podcast got downloaded more than 250,000 times. In 2014, as the highest-earning podcast in the world, Shane and Friends brought in $15,000 per episode.
After the success of their YouTube videos, Shane collaborated with Jeffree Star on another project. They created a cosmetics collection called Conspiracy. It includes an eye-shadow palette and six liquid lipstick colors. In October 2019, Jeffree revealed that if they sell-out the shadow, they will earn $35 million. Shane will earn $10 million if that happens.
Dawson lives in Calabasas, California with his fiancé Ryland Adams. He got engaged to her in March 2019. In July 2015, he revealed that he is a bisexual. Shane has a body dysmorphic disorder.
Shane bought the 5,000 square foot house in Calabasas in 2018 for $3 million. Along with his wife, he lives there with their two dogs and a cat.
He often gets criticized for his racial comedy, namely his use of blackface in old skits and the N-word. Dawson also jokes about ghetto pranks.
He also got criticized for his documentaries the Mind of Jake Paul and The Secret World of Jeffree Star. Fans said he was too sympathetic towards the racism scandals of the two. Some also criticize him for the conspiracy theory content. People feel that the videos about flat Earth, moon landing hoax, and 9/11 hoax contribute to misinformation.