The 7-year-old making $31.7m — YouTube top earners

The 7-year-old making $31.7m — YouTube top earners

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

Forbes measured pre-tax earnings from 1 June 2017 to 1 June 2018, without fees for agents, managers and lawyers being deducted.

His channel "Ryan ToysReview", which has over 17 million subscribers, sees him play with toys and give his opinion on them.

The channel is run by Ryan's parents, and it out earned Jake Paul by a slight margin as he earned about $21.5 million during this time period.

Ryan, who earned most of his YouTube money through preroll ads, according to Forbes, isn't modest in explaining why he's so popular.

Asked by NBC why kids liked watching his videos, Ryan - who is now 8 - replied: "Because I'm entertaining and I'm amusing".

The Daily Mail reports that Ryan's videos have become so successful that he now even has his own line of toys.

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"Ryan's just like every other 7-year-old: He loves Legos, trains, cars - and his 17 million followers".

Ryan ToysReview started out slowly until a July 2015 video went viral.

The video channel went on YouTube in March 2015 and soon caught on the trend of unboxing. The remaining $1 million from sponsored posts.

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. Ryan, and his co-vlogger parents, clocked $22 million in earnings a year ago.

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. DanTDM led then with $16.5 million (about Rs. 100 crore) and though his 2018 earnings are up - $18.5 million (about Rs. 130.21 crore) - he has still conceded the top spot to Ryan.

Markiplier, Vanoss Gaming, Jacksepticeye, PewDiePie and Logan Paul rounded out the top 10.

All earnings estimates are calculated from June 1, 2017 through June 1, 2018.

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