Seven-year-old toy reviewer becomes YouTube's highest-earning star

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Ryan is not your average seven-year-old - he earned an estimated $22 million (around €19.2 million) in a year, according to Forbes' list of Highest-Paid YouTube Stars 2018.

The income came mostly from pre-roll advertising on his YouTube channel and Ryan's Family Review.

Since Ryan's YouTube channel was launched by his parents back in 2015, he has attracted over 17 million subscribers and has enjoyed nearly 26 billion views.

On the Forbes' list, Ryan is followed by YouTube stars Jake Paul ($21.5M), Dude Perfect ($20M), DanTDM ($18.5M), Jeffree Star ($18M), Markiplier ($17.5M), Vanoss Gaming ($17M), Jacksepticeye ($16M), PewDiePie ($15.5M) and Logan Paul ($14.5M). "But as for Ryan, 'he's got enough money for 100 lifetimes", says Chas Lacaillade, the founder and CEO of Bottle Rocket Management, which represents many unboxers, in a Forbes report.

One video alone, titled "HUGE EGGS Surprise Toys Challenge with Inflatable water slide" has amassed 1.6 billion views. Turns out it's actually child's play, because among others this one particular kid made over $22 million in a year, just by making YouTube videos.

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Do you have a burning passion for pulling pranks, playing video games, and/or reviewing toys? While Jake made $11.5 million a year ago, according to Forbes, he raised the bar in 2018, landing himself in the second spot on the list with an income of $21.5 million. So far, his videos have a total of 26 billion views.

Online sensation Jake Paul came second on Forbes' list after earning £16.8m.

The remaining $1 million came from sponsored posts.

Ryan also has his own line of toys available in Walmart and Target.

"Because I'm entertaining and I'm amusing", he told NBC's Jo Ling Kent. But it turns out doing kind-of dumb but impressive tricks is still a viable way to make money, with five-man sports crew Dude Perfect coming in at #3 with USA $20 million ($27,315,100).

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