Highest-Paid YouTube Star Is 7 Years Old

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NY: A seven-year-old United States primary school student Ryan has been named YouTube's highest-earning star after raking in nearly $25m in the last financial year.

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.

It's understood almost 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". Last year, he was No. 8 on Forbes' list, Business Insider reports.

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

Forbes, which compiled the estimates, said his sponsorship income is relatively low as "the result not only of how few deals Ryan (or his family) chooses to accept, but also the fact that his pint-sized demographic isn't exactly all that flush".

The toys featured in Ryan's videos often sell out.

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

Earlier this year, Ryan launched his own toy line at Wallmart. The revenue goes up every time views go up and his videos often average around 10 million views for a 10-30 minute footage.

Fifteen per cent of his earnings are put into a bank account to access when he becomes an adult.

Jackscepticeye hits in at #8 at $16 million, while two disgraced stars take up the last two spots: PewDiePie, in ninth place with $15.5 million in annual earnings; and Logan Paul in 10th place with $14.5 million.

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

The five-man sports crew behind Dude Perfect rounded out the top three, coming in at US$20 million.

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