The highest-paid YouTube star of 2018 is a seven-year-old boy

YouTube have released their list of the highest-paid YouTube stars of 2018. The list features Logan and Jake Paul, PewDiePie, and Jeffree Star amongst others.

Brand partnerships, sponsored ads and affiliate links are just some of the ways for content creators to make money. People who post on the platform can earn millions each year. 

The highest earner for 2018 was YouTube star RyansToysReviews, who earned a massive £17.2 million this year, according to Forbes.

Picture: RyansToysReview YouTube channel

With 17 million subscribers and videos that have been watched 25 billion times, the seven-year-old has beaten Jake Paul for the top spot by over £300,000.

Ryan’s videos see him reviewing and playing with toys — his most popular video, which has amassed 1.6 billion views, sees him running around an inflatable water slide gathering eggs filled with toys.

He even now has his own range of toys available in Walmart in the USA.

It may be surprising that the highest-paid YouTube star of 2018 is a seven-year-old boy, with no females making the list. Last year the highest earning female of 2017 was Lilly Singh having made £8.2 million — although she was only 10th on the entire list.

Here are the top 10 YouTubers of 2018:

10) Logan Paul: After filming an apparent suicide in a Japanese forest earlier in the year, the eldest Paul brother managed to make £11.4 million this year.

9) PewDiePie: Swedish gamer Felix Kjellberg, otherwise known PewDiePie, boasts 74 million subscribers and earned £12.2 million in 2018.

8) Jacksepticeye: Ireland’s biggest YouTuber Sean McLoughlin, aka Jacksepticeye, is known for his comedic commentary on gaming videos. He walked away with £12.5 million this year.

7) Vanoss Gaming: Canadian YouTuber, Evan Fong, earned £13.3 million for his gaming collaborations in 2018.

6) Markiplier: Another gaming commentator has made the list. Markiplier made £13.7 million in 2018 and has even co-founded a clothing brand with fellow YouTuber Seán McLoughlin.

5) Jeffree Star: After Makeup artist Jeffree Star launched his own cosmetics line in 2014, he began posting videos to promote the brand. He is now number 5 on the list, having earned £14.1 million in 2018.

4) DanTDM: The only British star on the list, DanTDM or Daniel Middleton, made £14.5 million this year for his gaming videos.

3) Dude Perfect: The sports entertainment group made up of five friends earned £16.5 million in 2018 for their trick shots and stunts.

2) Jake Paul: Having attracted over 3.5 billion views to his channel, his rap videos and pranks have made him £16.9 million this year.

1) Ryan Toysreview: Seven-year-old Ryan was the highest earner for 2018, having made £17.2 million for his toy reviews.

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Words: Daisy Newman || Subbing: Shruti Tangirala || 

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