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Seven-year-old YouTuber made £17.2m in one year

Seven-year-old YouTuber made £17.2m in one year

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

Since the channel was set up by Ryan's parents in March 2015, its videos have had nearly 26 billion views and amassed 17.3 million followers.

According to Forbes, about $21 million of the channel's earning came from pre-roll advertising on his channels Ryan ToysReview and Ryan's Family Review.

Forbes also reported Ryan now has a line of "collectibles and more, now selling at Walmart".

Forbes said almost all of the money came from pre-roll advertising, explaining "when views go up, so do these automated ad dollars".

According to Digital Trends, several of Ryan's latest videos have accrued more than a million views. The smaller portion of Ryan's income came from sponsored posts.

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The Ryan's World merchandise is now being sold at more than 2,500 Walmart stores around the US.

"I'm entertaining and I'm amusing", said Ryan in a separate report by NBC News.

Online sensation Jake Paul came second on Forbes' list after earning £16.8m.

Although Jake beat out his older brother, Logan Paul (who sits at the number 10 spot, just underneath YouTube king Felix 'PewDiePie Kjellberg), he wasn't too happy with his high placement - especially concerning who he lost to. 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.

As he is still a child, 15 per cent of Ryan's earnings are put into a bank account that he will be able to access when he turns 18. PewDiePie still has the most-subscribed YouTube channel, for now, in earnings despite all that. Meanwhile, makeup guru Jeffree Star slid into fifth place with total earnings of $18 million for the year.

The third biggest earner on Forbes' list was sports entertainment group Dude Perfect, which made $20 million.


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