Seven-year-old boy tops list of YouTube's highest earners

Mae Love
December 4, 2018

After looking at data and talking with industry experts, Forbes estimates that from June 1, 2017, to June 1, 2018, Ryan earned $22 million.

The Dude Perfect channel was in third place, making $20m, Forbes said.

Since launching his main channel in 2015, Ryan has amassed more than 17 million followers and close to 26bn views.

Asked by NBC why kids liked watching his videos, Ryan - who is now 8 - replied: "Because I'm entertaining and I'm amusing".

All but around £1 million of the income comes from adverts shown before videos, with the rest from sponsorship deals.

The toys featured in Ryan's videos often sell out.

Of course, RyanToysReview isn't the sole property of seven-year-old Ryan, himself - the channel is run by his mother and father, who also appear in his videos, along with his twin sisters.

Forbes top-earning vlogger is only 7 earns $22 million

The "unboxing" trend, where YouTubers open, describe and review new toys, tech products and games, has become increasingly popular on the video site.

His channel, which involves him opening toys and then playing with them, has more than 17 million subscribers.

As he is still a child, 15 per cent of Ryan's earnings are put into a bank account that he will be able to access when he turns 18.

Jake Paul came in second on the list, earning US$21.5 million for his goofy raps and pranks.

Daniel Middleton, the Minecraft gamer who topped the 2017 list with earnings of $16.5m, has slipped to fourth place.

Logan Paul apologised in January after showing the body of an apparent suicide victim in Japan in one of his videos.

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