This 6 year old became a millionaire reviewing toys on YouTube

While it pretty typical for six year olds to play with toys, it’s not everyday we see kids making a living doing it.

Ryan is a US kindergartener who begun his YouTube career in March 2015, when he was just three years old. His channel Ryan ToysReview is entirely dedicated to opening up brand new toys and reviewing them.

Now with over 10 million followers, Ryan has just been named by Forbes as one of the world’s highest-paid YouTube stars of 2017, sharing eighth position on the rich list with fellow YouTuber Smosh.

Ryan’s most recent upload has already been viewed more than 700,000 times in just two days.

Although Ryan is the one on screen, behind the scenes Ryan’s parents put in a lot of time and energy, with Ryan’s mother Loann even quitting her job as a high school science teacher to work on the channel full-time

Luckily for them, it has been a move that’s paid off.

In an interview with TubeFilter, Loann explained how the phenomenon started.

“Ryan was watching a lot of toy review channels — some of his favourites are EvanTubeHD and Hulyan Maya — because they used to make a lot of videos about Thomas the Tank Engine, and Ryan was super into Thomas.

“One day, he asked me, ‘How come I’m not on YouTube when all the other kids are?’ So we just decided — yeah, we can do that. Then, we took him to the store to get his very first toy — I think it was a Lego train set — and it all started from there.”

Ryan’s channel really took off after a video of him opening and reviewing a Giant Egg Surprise went viral. Since then, he has posted daily reviews of new toys and foods for kids.

Loann and husband Sean, a structural engineer, have been putting the YouTube earnings into a college savings account for Ryan and a trust fund for him and his twin sisters Emma and Kate.

Even though the family have hit the jackpot with the channel, Sean and Loann say the family will only continue making the videos until Ryan no longer wants to do it.

YouTube expert Josh Cohen told The Verge that there were more lucrative opportunities just waiting to be taken.

“It’s the biggest of this genre of programming that is getting billions of views a week on YouTube. Really nobody is talking about it, but it’s crazy once you start scratching the surface,” he said.

Could we be about to see a massive spike in the amount of kids posting these videos on YouTube?


10. Lilly Singh

$US10.5 million ($AUD13,981,275)

8. (tie): Ryan ToysReview

$US11 million ($AUD14,647,050)

8. (tie): Smosh

$US11 million ($AUD14,647,050)

7: Jake Paul

$US11.5 million ($AUD15,312,825)

6: Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie)

$US12 million ($AUD15,978,600)

4 (tie): Mark Fischbach (Markiplier)

$US12.5 million ($AUD16,644,375)

4 (tie): Logan Paul

$US12.5 million ($AUD16,644,375)

3: Dude Perfect

$US14 million ($AUD18,641,700)

2: Evan Fong (VanossGaming)

$US15.5 million ($AUD20,639,025)

1: Daniel Middleton (DanTDM)

$US16.5 million ($AUD21,970,575)