Eight years old Ryan Kajal earned $26 million dollars from youtube in 2019 on his youtube channel, making him the highest-paid creator on the platform, according to a list published Wednesday by Forbs magazine.
His real name is Ryan Guan, who was already the video platform’s highest earner in 2018, with 22 million dollars, according to Forbes.
His Channel “Ryan’s World” launched in 2015 by Ryan’s parents, in only three years old but already has 22.9 million subscribers. Initially called “RyanReview,” the channel mostly considered of “unboxing” videos—videos of the young star opening boxes of toys and playing with them.
Several of the videos have racked up more than one million views, and the channel has received 35 million views since its creation, according to data from the analytics website Social Blade.
Recently, the channel was reamed after a consumer advocacy organization. Truth in advertising, field a complaint with the US Federal Trade Commission about it.
Truth is Advertizing Accused the channel of not clearly denoting which videos had been sponsored, meaning brands paid for the video to feature their products.
The channel has also evolved as Ryan agrees, now offering more educational videos in addition to the toys.
In Forbs ranking, Ryan Kaji surpassed the channel “Dude Perfect,” run by a group of friends from Texas who attempt seemingly impossible feats, such as launching basketballs into hoops from the tops of buildings or out of helicopters.
Dude Perfect came in second, up from third the year before, having earned $20 million between June 1, 2018, and June 1, 2019. In thired place was another child star’s channel, that of Russia’s Anastasia Radzinskaya. At only 5 years old, she earned $18 million.