Forbes' top-earning vlogger is only 7, earns $22 million

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Ryan, the 7-year-old YouTube star, earned over US$22 million (S$30 million) by just playing with toys and telling other kids about them.

His videos have a total of nearly 26 billion views over three years, with the most popular video on his channel seen 1.6 billion times, and the less-watched videos attracting at least 30 million views each.

The income came mostly from pre-roll advertising on his YouTube channel and Ryan's Family Review.

Forbes ranked the ten best-paid YouTubers last year and trailing close behind Ryan is Jake Paul with $21.5 million annual earnings and Dude Perfect with $20 million in revenue last year. His channel, aptly named Ryan ToysReview, reportedly pulled in $22 million (about Rs. 154.84 crore) during the 12-month period ending June 1, 2018.

The amount generated by sponsored posts is small compared with other top YouTubers, Forbes writes. He's a train, car, Disney, and Lego connoisseur, and is now the creative director of his own toy and clothing line, Ryan's World, sold at Walmart.

A video of Ryan visiting Walmart to look at his own product range has been viewed 14 million times.

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Of course, RyanToysReview isn't the sole property of seven-year-old Ryan, himself - the channel is run by his mother and father, who also appear in his videos, along with his twin sisters.

Controversial celebrity Jake Paul was second on Forbes' list, earning $29 million.

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

As he is still a child, 15 percent of Ryan's earnings are put into a bank account that he can only access when he becomes a legal adult.

Markiplier beat out Canadian gamer Evan Fong, of Vanoss Gaming, by a half-million, earning $17.5 million and $17 million, respectively.