Seven-year-old YouTuber made £17.2m in one year

Danny Woods
December 4, 2018

This year's highest-paid YouTube star made $22 million in one year by playing with toys.

With the year coming to a close, American business magazine Forbes has revealed its list of the world's highest-paid YouTube stars in 2018, which is headed by a 7-year-old named Ryan who reviews toys.

His videos have a total of nearly 26 billion views over three years, with the most popular video on his channel seen 1.6 billion times, and the less-watched videos attracting at least 30 million views each. Forbes notes that, not surprisingly, Ryan's fans are mostly other elementary school-aged kids.

All but around £1 million of the income comes from adverts shown before videos, with the rest from sponsorship deals. In total, the top 10 grossed $180.5 million (about Rs. 1,270.26 crore) by Forbes' calculations, which is up 42 percent from past year.

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

The amount generated by sponsored posts is small compared with other top YouTubers, Forbes writes.

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

Ryan's twin sisters haven't been left out of the fun either: they feature in some videos on a related YouTube channel called Ryan's Family Review.

However, Jake Paul still managed to have a good year, earning a career-best $21.5 million, capturing the #2 spot by beating out DudePerfect by $1.5 million. The revenue goes up every time views go up and his videos often average around 10 million views for a 10-30 minute footage.

Markiplier, Vanoss Gaming, Jacksepticeye, PewDiePie and Logan Paul rounded out the top 10.

Sports crew Duke Perfect made £15.7m, while Daniel Middleton, a British gamer who plays Minecraft, came fourth with £14.5m.

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