YouTube top earners: The 7-year-old making $31.7m

YouTube top earners: The 7-year-old making $31.7m

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.

A Seven-year-old YouTuber, Ryan of Ryan ToysReview, is Forbes' Top-Earning Vlogger of the Year.

Since launching his channel in 2015, the American boy has gained more than 17 million followers and around 26 billion views.

While most kids Ryan's age would be playing with toys and legos, his parents saw a potential and launched a YouTube channel featuring the young star.

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". In total, the top 10 grossed $180.5 million (about Rs. 1,270.26 crore) by Forbes' calculations, which is up 42 percent from previous year. Ryan, the face of YouTube's Ryan ToysReview, is giving the adults life goals by making $22 million in revenue a year ago through its videos posted on the largest video platform. The remainder is from sponsored posts, which is usually a top revenue generator for other YouTubers.

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

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The revenues from the Walmart deal are set to substantially increase Ryan's total earnings next year.

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.

As a minor, 15 per cent of his earnings are funnelled to what's called a Coogan account.

Markiplier beat out Canadian gamer Evan Fong, of Vanoss Gaming, by a half-million, earning $17.5 million and $17 million, respectively. Jake Paul went from 7th in 2017 to 2nd in 2018, bringing in $21.5 million (about Rs. 151.32 crore) in the process, while his controversial brother Logan dropped six places to 10th.

All earnings estimates are calculated from June 1, 2017 through June 1, 2018.

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