The bottom line
A 7-year-old who reviews toys is the highest-paid YouTube star, earning $22 million last year. Ryan, of RyanToysReview, has garnered 26 billion views and 17.3 billion followers since his parents set up his YouTube Channel in 2015. Nearly all the money is generated from ads shown before the videos, which he posts nearly every day. He bested YouTube star Jake Paul by $500,000. In third place was Dude Perfect, five guys performing silly, dexterous tricks, with $20 million.
Starkist, Bumble Bee, and Chicken of the Sea still command 80 percent of canned tuna sales, but the market is underwater. Canned tuna consumption dropped 42 percent over the past 30 years, through 2016. Tuna companies have added flavors such as sriracha, repackaged their product in pouches, and even turned to selling chicken.
The Wall Street Journal
Michelle Obama’s Becoming is the best-selling book of 2018—even though it just came out, in mid-November. As of Nov. 30, the memoir had sold 1,122,618 hardcover copies. It surpassed Michael Wolff’s controversial book about the Trump administration, Fire and Fury, which was published in January and to date has sold 1,008,088 hardcovers. It also beat out Bob Woodward’s Trump book, Fear, which came out in September and has sold 872,567 hardcovers.
Facebook remains one of the country’s best places to work, but the scandals have taken a toll. In Glassdoor’s annual employee survey, it fell from first to seventh this year. Google came in eighth. Apple, though the world’s most profitable company, was 71st, up from 84th last year.