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​This Seven-Year-Old Earns $22 Million A Year On YouTube

A seven-year-old boy has earned a whopping $22million (£17.3million) in the last year alone, just thouogh his YouTube channel, Ryan ToysReview, which does pretty much what it says on the tin.

YouTube star Ryan came in first place in Forbes' ranking of this year's 10 highest-paid YouTubers in the world.

Last year Ryan was placed at number eight but it looks like he has had a pretty good year as he has climbed all the way to the top.


Since starting his channel Ryan has received almost 26 billion views and his most popular video of him unboxing a giant egg filled with Cars toys has 1.6 billion views alone.

Most of his viewers are children between three and seven and most of his fans live in the US, but he also has a large following in the UK and in the Philippines.

The first-grader uses his love of Lego, trains and cars, to let his 17 million subscribers what he thinks of the latest toys.

Each video sees Ryan unboxing a toy and being very excited or disappointed about what is inside.

Ryan's YouTube channel also states that once filmed the toys go to local charities.


Ryan's channel has over 26 billion views. (Credit: Youtube/Ryan ToysReview
Ryan's channel has over 26 billion views. (Credit: Youtube/Ryan ToysReview

His mum said that Ryan was once a big fan of online toy reviews, especially ones that focused on Thomas the Tank Engine.

Until one day he asked why he wasn't on YouTube, his mum told TubeFilter: "One day, he asked me, 'How come I'm not on YouTube when all the other kids are'" So we just decided-yeah, we can do that

"Then, we took him to the store to get his very first toy-I think it was a Lego train set-and it all started from there."

Ryan's father said that the channel was also a way to share moments of Ryan's life with their extended family members who live outside the US.

The staggering $22million figure is pre-tax. (Credit: YouTube/ Ryan ToysReview)
The staggering $22million figure is pre-tax. (Credit: YouTube/ Ryan ToysReview)

After Ryan's success, his family created a second channel called Ryan's Family Review where the family compete in different challenges and give tours of their house.

Ryan's mum also quit her job as a high school chemistry teacher so she could work full-time on the channel. His younger identical twin sisters, Emma and Kate, have also previously featured in his videos.

The earnings estimates are pre-tax and fees for agents, managers and lawyers are not deducted and most of Ryan's money comes from advertising shown before his videos.

Ryan donates all of the toys to local charities. (Credit: YouTube/ Ryan ToysReview)
Ryan donates all of the toys to local charities. (Credit: YouTube/ Ryan ToysReview)

However, just $1m of Ryan's earnings come from sponsored content, Forbes writes: "the result not only of how few deals Ryan (or his family) chooses to accept, but also the fact that his pint-size demographic isn't exactly all that flush".

It seems Ryan has some good company on the list:

  1. Ryan ToysReview $22 Million
  2. Jake Paul $21.5 Million
  3. Dude Perfect $20 Million
  4. Daniel Middleton $18.5 Million
  5. Jeffree Star $18 Million
  6. Markiplier $17.5 Million
  7. Evan Fong $17 Million
  8. Jacksepticeye $16 Million
  9. PewDiePie $15.5 Million
  10. Logan Paul $14.5 Million

Never before have we been so jealous of a seven-year-old.

Featured Image Credit: YouTube/Ryan ToysReview

Topics: News, Celebrity News

Bethany Gleave

Bethany Gleave is a Freelance Journalist at PRETTY52 and joined the team in 2018. She is a Multimedia Journalism graduate from the University of Salford, and started her career at a national press agency, writing breaking and trending news for the national newspapers.

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