£17m YouTube star ... who’s just 7!
A BOY of seven whose family film him playing with toys has been named as YouTube’s top earner, pulling in £17.2million this year.
The web star known only as ‘Ryan ToysReview’ cleared nearly £400,000 more than his nearest rival, according to a list compiled by Forbes magazine.
He has more than 17million followers on YouTube and earns most of his money from adverts played on his videos.
Yesterday one of his videos amassed 40,000 views in four hours. His most viewed video, uploaded two years ago, shows Ryan searching for giant Easter eggs containing toys and has been viewed 1.6billion times.
The US boy, whose real name has never been revealed, also has a range of toys at the supermarket chain Walmart, including a £6.2 plush superhero version of himself.
Asked in an interview last month why so many people watch his channel, Ryan, who wants to be a web developer when he grows up, said: ‘Because I am entertaining and I am funny.’ His family have been beaming footage of him across the globe since he was three years old.
The next biggest earner in the year up to June 2018, on £16.8million, was Jake Paul, 21, a former Disney Channel actor who uploads comedy sketches and pranks to his audience on the Google-owned video site.
The top British earner on the list is Dan TDM, real name Dan Middleton, 27, a Northamptonshire gamer who films himself playing Minecraft. He has 20.7million followers on YouTube and last year raked in £14. million.