8-year-old boy named highest-paid YouTuber in 2018

DAILY SABAH
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Screengrab from the most watched video on Ryan ToysReview's YouTube channel.
Screengrab from the most watched video on Ryan ToysReview's YouTube channel.

With the rise of social media, the description of dream jobs has changed a lot. Now, children want to become "Instagram stars" or "YouTubers" instead of doctors, police officers or teachers. Thanks to sponsorships and paid posts, these social media stars can earn as much as a CEO of an international company.

According to Forbes' annual "Highest-Paid YouTube Stars" list, the highest paid global YouTube star is an 8-year-old boy who reviews — not surprisingly — toys! Ryan, and his co-vlogger parents, clocked $22 million in earnings last year.

The account began when Ryan, then a 4-year-old, asked his parents to review his favorite toys on YouTube.

Ryan ToysReview started out slowly until a July 2015 video went viral. The video featured Ryan opening and reviewing a box containing more than 100 toys from Pixar's "Cars" series. It has close to 800 million views. Currently, Ryan has 17 million subscribers and a total of 26 billion lifetime views.

Apart from his success on social media, the 8-year-old YouTuber also has a line of toys and clothes sold at Walmart stores around the U.S.

On the Forbes' list, Ryan is followed by YouTube stars Jake Paul ($21.5M), Dude Perfect ($20M), DanTDM ($18.5M), Jeffree Star ($18M), Markiplier ($17.5M), Vanoss Gaming ($17M), Jacksepticeye ($16M), PewDiePie ($15.5M) and Logan Paul ($14.5M).

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