Seven-year-old Ryan named YouTubes highest-earning star

Carla Harmon
December 4, 2018

"Ryan's just like every other 7-year-old: He loves Legos, trains, cars - and his 17 million followers".

Wrong - according to Forbes, Ryan has made £17.2 million in one year through his YouTube channel which features everything from reviews of "Slime Blasters" to educational videos such as "How Do Tornados Form?". The YouTube channel was launched in March 2015 and caters to the kids around the world by attracting hundreds and thousands of views on each video.

Forbes said almost all of the money came from pre-roll advertising, explaining "when views go up, so do these automated ad dollars".

Forbes ranked the ten best-paid YouTubers last year and trailing close behind Ryan is Jake Paul with $21.5 million annual earnings and Dude Perfect with $20 million in revenue last year.


Ryan, from Ryan ToysReview, made the hefty sum between June 2017 and June 2018.

The remaining $1 million came from sponsored posts.

The toys featured in one of the channel's videos can sell out instantly.

Like PewDiePie and the video game industry, Ryan has influenced the toy industry as his reviews - which get millions of views - can affect toy sales.


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

Ryan of Ryan ToysReview beat famous YouTubers including Jake and Logan Paul and Swedish gamer PewDiePie to top the list compiled by Forbes.

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.

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


Ryan's parents are reportedly putting 15 percent of his earnings away into a bank account until he is a legal adult.

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