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World’s Top 10 Gaming Influencers For 2017, According To Forbes: Markiplier, PewDiePie, and VanossGaming Tops

The Hawaiian-born Mark Edward Fischbach (Markiplier) is the world’s most influential gamer, according to a new report released by Forbes, ahead of the likes of onja Reid, VanossGaming, and Mari Takahashi.

Pewdiepie, who has 55 million YouTube subscribers, is in 2nd place, after he was dumped earlier this year by Disney and Google after posting a series of anti-Semitic jokes and Nazi propaganda. VanossGaming is number three.

To create the Business of Influence list, Forbes the leading business magazine teamed up with analytics firm Traackr to measure reach, audience size, engagement, resonance, and relevance of each influencer. These top 10 gaming influencers have a total reach of 228 million.

World’s Top 10 Gaming Influencers For 2017:

  1. Markiplier (Mark Edward Fischbach) – United States
  2. PewDiePie (Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg) – Sweden
  3. VanossGaming (Evan Fong) – Canada
  4. Sonja Reid – Canada
  5. SSSniperWolf (Lia Wolf) – United Kingdom
  6. Jacksepticeye (Seán William McLoughlin) – Ireland
  7. DanTDM (Daniel Middleton) – United Kingdom
  8. TheSyndicateProject (Tom Cassell) – United Kingdom
  9. SkyDoesMinecraft (Adam Dahlberg) – United States
  10. Mari Takahashi – United States


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Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is a media and technology executive, macro-economist, strategic thinker, chair, and chief executive officer of the CEOWORLD magazine, one of the world’s most influential and recognized global news publications. Under Dr. Amarendra's leadership, CEOWORLD magazine has become the world's most iconic news organization, whose rigorous reporting and unsurpassed storytelling connect with millions of business leaders daily. Additionally, he serves as the chair and founding member of the CEOWORLD magazine’s Inclusion Advisory Board.

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