Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

The highest earning YouTube star of 2018 is a 7yo boy

The highest earning YouTube star of 2018 is a 7yo boy

Ryan who is 7-years-old is the star of his YouTube channel "Ryan ToysReview".

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

"Ryan's just like every other 7-year-old: He loves Legos, trains, cars - and his 17 million followers", Forbes wrote. While Ryan's earnings can last him "100 lifetimes" according to Chas Lacaillade, the founder and CEO of Bottle Rocket Management, he has his own line of merchandise, like action figures, t-shirts, toy cars and more.

One video alone, titled "HUGE EGGS Surprise Toys Challenge with Inflatable water slide" has amassed 1.6 billion views. Ryan unboxes toys and reviews them in front of the camera and his videos go viral with millions of views, returning profits from those ads and sponsored posts.

Controversial celebrity Jake Paul was second on Forbes' list, earning $29 million.

The school child has out-earned some of YouTube's biggest names, including Jake Paul, PewDiePie and Logan Paul. So far, his videos have a total of 26 billion views.

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A video titled "Top 10 Science Experiments you can do at home for kids" starring the three children has had more than 26 million views.

"I'm entertaining and I'm amusing", Ryan recently told NBC interview, explaining his appeal. Forbes said that 15% of Ryan's earnings go into a protected account which he can not access until he becomes an adult. Ryan even has an agreement with Walmart for a special toy line called "Ryan's World", which is sold exclusively in over 2,500 stores across the US.

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

While the video goon has dropped down to the 10th spot on the list - after coming in at No. 4 in 2017 - his earnings have stayed surprisingly constant, with Paul bringing in $14.5 million this year, compared to $12.5 million one year ago.

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

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