Seven-year-old toy reviewer becomes YouTube's highest-earning star

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A 7-year-old who reviews toys is 2018's highest-paid YouTuber, raking in U.S. $22 million ($ 30,046,600) this past financial year, according to Forbes.

He reviews toys on his channel with the help of his parents who also feature in his videos sometimes.

Ryan has clout. He boasts 17.3 million followers and has collected more than 25 billion views since his family launched his primary channel in March 2015, Forbes noted. Despite their large fanbases, it looks like Jake's infamously hawked merchandise can't top Ryan's collectible toy line, which is available for purchase at Wal-Marts across the country.

Videos are posted most days and one promoting a blue giant mystery egg bearing Ryan's face has had more than a million views since Sunday.

According to Forbes, all but $1.36m of the $29.9m earned by Ryan's channel comes from advertising shown before his videos, with the remainder earned from sponsored posts.

Ryan's current earnings of $22 million is 12 months' worth of income leading up to June 1, 2018.

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

A video titled "Top 10 Science Experiments you can do at home for kids" starring the three children has had more than 26 million views.

Online sensation Jake Paul was second on Forbes' list, with £16.8m.

The rest of the YouTubers in the top 10 were Markiplier, Evan Fong, Jacksepticeye, PewDiePie and controversial YouTuber Logan Paul, who has been in trouble for his videos in the past. Thanks to sponsorships and paid posts, these social media stars can earn as much as a CEO of an worldwide company.

Number five on the list was Jeffree Star, a make-up artist who has earned £14.1 million on YouTube.

Sports crew Dude Perfect made £15.7 million and Daniel Middleton, who specialises in the popular Minecraft game, was fourth with £14.5 million.