YouTube makes $15b a year for Google

By Mariam Cheik-Hussein | 4 February 2020

Google has revealed YouTube’s advertising revenue for the first time.

In the company’s fourth quarter results, it broke down various units of its business, including YouTube and Cloud, which were previously lumped together under “other”.

The video platform earned US$15.1 billion for the tech giants last year, up from $11.1 billion in 2018.

Revenue for Google search and other was US$98.1 billion for 2019, up from US$85.3 billion the previous year.

Total revenue for the company was US$161.9 billion, up 18% year-on-year.

“Our investments in deep computer science, including artificial intelligence, ambient computing and cloud computing, provide a strong base for continued growth and new opportunities across Alphabet,” said Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet and Google.

“I’m really pleased with our continued progress in Search and in building two of our newer growth areas — YouTube, already at $15 billion in annual ad revenue, and Cloud, which is now on a $10 billion revenue run rate.”


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