Highest paid YouTube stars revealed as boy, 8, tops list

An eight-year-old boy from Texas has topped a Forbes rich list of the highest paid YouTube stars, earning an estimated $26m (£19.8m).

The American business magazine looked at how much money the so-called influencers made from the video sharing platform in the year to June 2019.

Ryan Kaji stated on YouTube when he was three and now conducts experiments on the channel. Pic: YouTube/Ryan's World
Image:The boy started on YouTube when he was just three. Pic: YouTube/Ryan’s World

Ryan Kaji, who has almost 22 million subscribers, came first in the list for the second year in a row, with his earnings reportedly rising from $22m (£16.8m) in the last 12 months.

He started out on the channel when he was just three-years-old by reviewing toys and now does science experiments for his legion of fans.

Forbes says the youngster has also branched out beyond YouTube with a line of more than 100 toys and clothing items – and he also has a show on Nickelodeon and a deal with US television network Hulu.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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