7-year-old YouTube star earns US$22m from toy reviews

Calvin Saunders
December 5, 2018

With impressive earnings of $22 million, a seven-year-old American boy has become this year's highest-paid YouTube star, beating out established adults in the business like Daniel Middleton and Jake Paul, according to Forbes. In total, the top 10 grossed $180.5 million (about Rs. 1,270.26 crore) by Forbes' calculations, which is up 42 percent from a year ago.

The channel has racked up 26 billion views and 17.3 million followers since launching in March 2015 with a homemade video of Ryan playing with Lego.

Ryan is seven-years-old and spends his days playing with toys.

"I'm entertaining and I'm amusing", Ryan recently told NBC interview, explaining his appeal.

The Swedish gamer remains the YouTuber with the most subscribers of all time (72.5 million) and has earned a pretty penny over the past twelve months after accepting some lucrative offers from a range of high paying advertisers. The remaining $1 million from sponsored posts.

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.

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The pint-sized mogul, who now has his own range of toys at U.S. store Walmart, has doubled his earnings in last the 12 months to June. Ms T responded with a video on Twitter, saying it was her, waiting for her son to wake up so they could go shopping for toys, all recorded for YouTube. DanTDM led then with $16.5 million (about Rs. 100 crore) and though his 2018 earnings are up - $18.5 million (about Rs. 130.21 crore) - he has still conceded the top spot to Ryan.

The top five was rounded out by make-up artist Jeffree Star, who made £14.1 million.

Markiplier beat out Canadian gamer Evan Fong, of Vanoss Gaming, by a half-million, earning $17.5 million and $17 million, respectively.

Logan Paul - once one of the platform's biggest earners - has taken a bit of a hit to his funds after YouTube docked his ad revenue and brands dropped him as a partner after he uploaded footage of a seemingly dead body in a Japanese suicide forest this January.

All earnings estimates are calculated from June 1, 2017 through June 1, 2018.

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