Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

YouTube top earners: The 7-year-old making $31.7m

YouTube top earners: The 7-year-old making $31.7m

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.

Meanwhile, Mrs M reckons her nephew has contributed at least 20 billion of the recorded 26 billion views on YouTube.

Ryan's earnings, which do not include tax or fees charged by agents or lawyers, have doubled compared with the previous year.

His channel "Ryan ToysReview", which has over 17 million subscribers, sees him play with toys and give his opinion on them.

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

Ryan whose parents post his videos on the channel Ryan's Toy Reviews, is YouTube's top earner for 2018.

Asked why kids liked watching his videos, Ryan replied: "Because I'm entertaining and I'm amusing".

Ryan makes an estimated $21 million from advertising on two accounts, Ryan ToysReview and Ryan's Family Review, and $1 million in sponsored posts, Forbes reports.

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According to Digital Trends, several of Ryan's latest videos have accrued more than a million views.

The revenues from the Walmart deal are set to substantially increase Ryan's total earnings next year.

But he still earned nearly $20m, three million more than in 2017.

Apart from his success on social media, the 8-year-old YouTuber also has a line of toys and clothes sold at Walmart stores around the U.S.

DanTDM was 2017's top earner, but dropped fourth place with 2018 earnings of $18.5 million.

The rest of the YouTubers in the top 10 were Markiplier, Evan Fong, Jacksepticeye, PewDiePie and controversial YouTuber Logan Paul, who has been in trouble for his videos in the past.

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