Top 15 Best Selling Udemy Course Instructors in 2018

udemy instructors earn More than 50,000 online courses are listed on Udemy with some 15 million students enrolled. There is literally a Udemy instructor for everyone no matter which industry or field you belong to.

Today I am excited to say that the Udemy courses taught by the top 15 bestselling Udemy instructors have exceeded $17 million in earnings, demonstrating the growth of online education and the potential of the Udemy marketplace model.

Udemy has 20,000+ worldwide course creators or instructors on its online learning & teaching marketplace. These Udemy instructors teach 140+ topics to the learners in various different languages (Predominantly English).

But who are the top bestselling instructors on Udemy?

This question must have come into your head many times. In this post I list some of the 15 bestselling course instructors on the Udemy marketplace who have over 100,000 students enrolled in their courses in 2017.

1. John Purcell

John Purcel Udemy Instructor

Software trainer John Purcell is the number 1 instructor on Udemy at the moment,  his numbers are simply outstanding.  He has a total of 965, 191 students enrolled in 12 different Udemy courses.

Mr. Purcell has 50k+ reviews from all the 12 courses he has listed so far.  Even with such large amount of reviews,  he has been able to maintain a great overall feedback score 4.4 out of 5 on all his courses.

The most enrolled course for John has been,  Java Tutorial for Complete Beginners. This course is free to enroll in and is the most enrolled course on Udemy. There are 734, 655 Udemy students enrolled in the course, the average feedback score for the course is 4.4 from 35k plus ratings.

These numbers really speak for John and he richly deserves the number 1 spot on this list.

2. Rob Percival

Rob Percival Bestselling Udemy Instructor

Rob Percival is the number #2 Udemy  instructor on our list, his numbers are very high.  As of today, he has 20 online courses that garnered him 361, 379  students.  He’s been maintaining his average rating 4.6/5  from total 72, 183 reviews received.

Mr. Percival has several best selling courses listed on Udemy but the most enrolled course which has made him the  number  2  instructor is, The Complete Web Developer Course 2.0.  This course has 122, 386+ students enrolled till date.


3. Ermin Kreponic

Ermin Kreponic Bestselling Udemy Instructor

Ermin Kreponic is at #4th Udemy instructor on our list, his numbers speak for themselves,  with 316, 705 total students enrolled in his 12 different courses. Ermin has an average 4.3/5 rating from overall 24, 359 total ratings.

The instructor is in this list because of his several best selling Udemy courses. The one which is the most enrolled course for Kreponic is: The Complete Ethical Hacking Course-Beginner to Advanced. There are a whopping 162, 992 students enrolled in this course alone to this date. With this upward trend this course is going to get even more students in coming days.

4. Phil Ebiner

Phil Ebiner Bestselling Udemy Instructor

Mr. Ebiner is the number #3 most popular Udemy instructor on this list, he’s just behind Rob Percival with staggering 307, 986 students. Phil has a total of 72 online courses listed on Udemy, his average feedback score is 4.5/5 from total 26, 327 reviews.

His best selling course has been Photography Masterclass: Your Complete Guide to Photography. This course has single handedly brought him close to 105, 137 enrollments to this day.


5. Laurence Svekis

Laurence Svekis Bestselling Udemy Instructor

Laurence Svekis who is a professional web developer with 18+ years of web development experience under his belt is the new #5 Udemy Instructor on this list.

He has a total of 295, 488 students enrolled in total 169 courses. He’s also one of the very few instructors who has listed more than 100 courses on Udemy. Laurence maintains 4.3/5 as feedback score from total 13,115 reviews received.

The most enrolled course of Svekis has been: The Ultimate Web Developer How To Guide. There are 36, 247+ plus students enrolled in this course. The average feedback of the course is 4.3 from total 254 ratings received. 

6. Ben Tristem

Ben Tristem Bestselling Udemy Instructor

Ben Tristem is #6 Udemy instructor with a total of 10 courses on  the Udemy platform. His strength is 268,879 students and average rating 4.7/5 from total 56,505 ratings as of today.  His yearly earnings must be huge with these numbers.

Mr. Tristem is the instructor of one of most enrolled Udemy Courses: Learn to Code by Making Games – Complete C# Unity Developer. This course has close to 184,769 enrollments which is massive compared to any other udemy courses.


7. Jose Portilla

Jose Portilla Bestselling Udemy Instructor

Jose Portilla is at #7 in our list of top udemy instructors with a total of 255,831 students.

He has 10 courses listed on Udemy, his average rating from 53,448 total ratings is 4.5/5. Based on these numbers, we can easily say, he’s of the top performing instructors on Udemy.

As a Data Scientist, Jose Portilla also has several best selling courses, but the one which is the most enrolled is, Complete Python Bootcamp: Go from zero to hero in Python. To this day the course has 132,666+ enrollments.

8. Dr. Chad Neuman

Dr. Chad Neuman Bestselling Udemy Instructor

Dr. Chad Neuman is a Professor/Designer/Developer and a Photographer, he’s currently at #8 spot in our list of bestselling Udemy instructors with a total of 197,590 students.

Chad has 11 courses listed on Udemy, his overall feedback score is 4.5/5 from a total of 6,938 ratings received till date.

The most enrolled course for Chad Neuman has been: Photoshop Beginners Mastery: Zero to Hero in Photoshop. A record 125,024 students are learning from this course. Its currently one of the most enrolled courses on udemy.

9. Ryan Kroonenburg

Ryan Kroonengurg Bestselling Udemy Instructor

Ryan Kroonenburg also makes it as number #10 with a total of 184,398 students enrolled in his 14 different Udemy courses. His total ratings for all his courses is 58,893. Considering the numbers, his earnings should also be in millions.

Mr. Kroonenburg has been instrumental in teaching students cloud computing, his best selling and the most enrolled course has been, AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate 2017. This course has a total of 156,442 students enrolled till now.

10. Chris Haroun

Chris Haroun Bestselling Udemy Instructor

Number #11 on this list is the instructor of a very popular and award winning online course An Entire MBA in 1 Course Professor Chis Haroun.

He is undoubtedly one of the top ten instructors on Udemy. He has created 39 courses, with a total 162,650 students are enrolled in his courses. His average feedback score is 4.4/5 from total 20,321 ratings.

An Entire MBA in 1 Course has been the most enrolled course for the professor with almost 114,816 students enrolled.

11. Tim Buchalka

tim buchalka best selling udemy instructor

When Tim started programming over thirty years ago, there was no online video training.

After learning the hard way, Tim was determined to become the best teacher he could, and to make his training as painless as possible. Tim comes at #9 on this list with a record 156, 718 students.

His most enrolled course is the Complete Java Masterclass which has 121, 974 student and an average of 4.6 of 23, 016 ratings for this course alone.

12. Anthony Alicea

Anthony Alicea Bestselling Udemy Instructor

At number #12 is Anthony Alicea,  he’s a software developer, architect and UX designer. Alicea has a total of 7 courses on Udemy. There are 147,998 students learning from his courses. The average rating of his courses is 4.7/5 from a total of  43,427 reviews.

Anthony Alicea  has three best selling courses each getting him 50K students. Out of the three the most enrolled course for Alicea to this day has been, JavaScript: Understanding the Weird Parts, close to 83, 519 students enrolled in this course.


13. Chris Bryant

Chris Bryant Bestselling Udemy Instructor

Chris Bryant is at #12 of the bestselling Udemy Instructors with a total of 142,306 students as of today.

He has listed 11 courses on Udemy, his average rating for these courses is 4.6/7 from total 17,138 reviews. With these numbers he seals his spot in our list of top online instructors.

The most enrolled course of Chris Bryant has been, CCNA 2017 200-125 Video Boot Camp. The course has brought in close to 54,514 enrollments for the instructor and makes him one of the best selling instructors for computer networking courses on Udemy.

14. Vanessa van Edwards

Vanessa van Edwards Bestselling Udemy InstructorVanessa Van Edwards comes at #11 in the top best selling Udemy instructors in 2017 with a total of 139,260 students. Vanessa is the lead investigator at the Science of People, a human behavior research lab.

She is a Huffington Post columnist and author of the book Captivate–a hacker’s guide to human behavior. Her most enrolled course is the 7 Scientifically Proven Steps to Increase Your Influence course with over 93, 970 students and an average rating of 4.4 out of 6, 431 reviews for this course alone.


15. Todd McLeod

Todd Mcleod Bestselling Udemy Instructor

Todd Mecleod is at #13 on our list of top udemy teachers. The instructor has a total of 130,412 students enrolled in his courses until today.

He has listed 11 courses on Udemy, the average rating of his courses is 4.5/5 from a total of 11,392 feedbacks.

Mr. Mcleod brings in a lot of experience to his courses. The most enrolled and best selling course for Todd McLeod has been, Microsoft Excel – From Beginner to Expert in 6 Hours. This course has fetched him 69,925 students till date.

I have built this list of bestselling Udemy instructors based on the total number of students enrolled for their courses…

The numbers I mentioned in this post are as per the time I wrote this post, however I will keep updating this post with the current student enrollment count for each instructor as soon as I get a chance to.

Do you know of any Udemy instructor who I missed out by deserves to be on this list?

Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Found this article helpful? Please share it with your friends to spread the word.


About the Author Geoffrey Barnes

Geoffrey is an experienced software developer and open source evangelist. When not coding he writes and talks about current technology trends, small business tips and developer productivity hacks. He is no coffee addict.

follow me on:

Leave a Comment: