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

Sorry to break it to you, but a 7-year-old boy (I repeat, SEVEN) has just been crowned the highest earning YouTube star in the world.

Let’s just take a moment to let that sink in shall we?

Okay, we’re ready now.


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According to Forbes, US primary school student Ryan made a whopping $29.8 million this financial year, simply by reviewing toys on his YouTube channel Ryan Toys Review.

The youngster’s parents started the channel in 2015 and its since become a worldwide phenomenon, with the pint-sized star also launching his very own range of merchandise at Walmart.

“Ryan’s just like every other 7-year-old: He loves Legos, trains, cars – and his 17 million followers,” Forbes wrote.

It’s understood nearly all of the mini-millionaire’s money came from pre-roll advertising, with Forbes explaining “when views go up, so do these automated ad dollars”.

The remaining $1 million came from sponsored posts.

Coming in at second place on Forbes’ annual Highest Paid YouTube Stars list was former Disney actor Jake Paul, who took home an easy $29.2 million.

He was followed by Dude Perfect at #3, DanTDM at #4 and Jeffree star at #5.

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

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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