Howz your life treating you? Allow us to make you feel more pathetic by letting you know that 2018’s YouTube’s highest earner is just a seven-year-old boy.
Meet the world’s highest paid YouTuber, Ryan. Barely at 7, this giggly little boy is the biggest influencer owing to his 17.3 million followers and a total of nearly 26 billion views since he (read his parents) launched his main channel, Ryan ToysReview, in March 2015.
As per Forbes, Ryan has pocketed some $22 million in the 12 months leading up to June 1, 2018, thereby becoming the highest paid YouTuber. And this he has done just by doing what every kid of this age absolutely loves to do- unboxing toys.
The kid also has his own line of slime, stuffed animals, and other merchandise at Walmart Inc. sold under the name Ryan’s World at more than 2,500 Walmart stores in the US and on the Walmart.com website.
The revelation of 2018’s highest paid YouTuber has generated a mixed response on social media ranging from utter disbelief to self-pity.
Me waiting for my son to wake up from his nap so we can go shopping for toys!
Time to $ee the po$itive in everything – even playtime at 11pm will be fine!! As long as we’re recording it for YouTube 😁 pic.twitter.com/lAsoWGgVCC
— Ms. T (@RahmaTweets) December 3, 2018
Imagine this kid opening toys making more than the number one YouTuber, two of (gaming) youtubes golden boys, guys who legit have a hand in everything, and YouTubers who have been building their way to this point for years. Weird flex Ryan. But okay https://t.co/Yk41UVKFw7
— Andi (@hellamontrond) December 4, 2018
How tf is a kid making $22M a year reviewing toys yet I have a degree and diploma and I’m struggling to pay off student loans and my credit card…. What is life? https://t.co/TaXkXFIf31
— 👑 T A F A R I 👑 (@toxictafari) December 4, 2018
If you guys want to feel like you’re not doing anything in life Ryan ToysReview made 22 million this year on YouTube
— Christian Fenter (@ChristianFenter) December 4, 2018
Half of those views are probably from my 2 boys 🙄🙄 https://t.co/H3LBC0HUIX
— Kayla B (@waxyboymom) December 4, 2018
It’s all a scam. College is a scam. 😂
— Jennitals (@Purpleprin121) December 4, 2018
Bro it kills me because kids are on YouTube all day watching other kids play with toys and the view count adds up lmaooo pic.twitter.com/EuUa17Op6s
— Mister Alex (@AliefofFaith) December 4, 2018
Reviewing is a stretch too. The videos are basically this kid just playing with the toys. World’s gone mad. Don’t even know who watches this.
— Sinan O. (@L4fckop) December 4, 2018
Feels weird that I read this while sitting next to my daughter who is watching… yep you guessed it … Ryan ToysReview.
Great job Ryan’s mummy and daddy, Ryan and EmmaKate. ❤️ your work #RyanToysReview @ryantoysreview https://t.co/vmeunGqU3T
— Jo Hill (@JoannaRonalds) December 4, 2018
R u kidding me, Ryan ToysReview is # 1? I hope my channel can at least make $100 soon.
— Itz Bro Ken (@Itz_Bro_Ken) December 4, 2018
The 7-year-old Ryan of YouTube’s Ryan ToysReview generated $22 million in revenue last year from his YouTube account, according to @Forbes .
Any distant memories of what you were up-to at the age of Seven??
— Da نish (@danishr_) December 4, 2018
Ryan ToysReview was YouTube’s highest earner this year with 26B views. My kid was probably 20B of those, where’s my cut? pic.twitter.com/QlxDNm8z9W
— HollyPolly (@hpolly0207) December 4, 2018
I picked the wrong career. I should’ve peddled my kids on youtube instead. Seriously, my 4 year old niece is in love with Ryan ToysReview, watches it all the time. She calls Ryan her bf. Cute boy and very charismatic. https://t.co/yfW4UVsglb
— kam (@kamVJN) December 4, 2018