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.


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.