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Eight-year-old YouTube star makes almost £20m in year

Forbes has revealed its rich list of stars from the video-streaming website.

An eight-year-old boy is the highest-earning YouTube star (John Stillwell/PA)
An eight-year-old boy is the highest-earning YouTube star (John Stillwell/PA)

By Julia Hunt, PA Entertainment Correspondent

An eight-year-old boy who reviews toys has topped a list of the highest-earning YouTube stars after making £19.8 million.

Ryan Kaji, from Ryan ToysReview, made the hefty sum between June 2018 and June 2019.

It is the second year in a row that he has topped Forbes’ list.

Kaji launched his main channel in 2015 and has gone on to have his own line of toys and other merchandise.

Online sensation Dude Perfect was second, with £15.2 million.

Dude Perfect is comprised of five friends in their 30s who perform stunts and try to break world records.

They were followed by Anastasia Radzinskaya, who is just five.

The YouTube star shares videos showing her doing everyday things, such as visiting a zoo with her dad and singing Baby Shark, and now has 107 million subscribers.

She made £13.7 million over the 12-month period.

Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal were fourth with their daily show, which has seen them sing with stars like Kelly Rowland, raking in £13.4 million.

The top five was rounded out by make-up artist Jeffree Star, who made £13 million.

PewDiePie – who recently announced he was taking a break – was joint seventh with Markiplier, with £9.9 million.

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PewDiePie (Hannah McKay/PA)

PewDiePie said last week that he was planning to take time out next year because he is “feeling very tired”.

British YouTuber Dan TDM (Daniel Middleton), who specialises in the popular Minecraft game, dropped from number four in 2018 to number nine in 2019’s ranking.

The British gamer has been playing the building game on camera for several years and also has a line of merchandise.

He made £9.1 million.

Forbes measured pre-tax earnings from June 1 2018 to June 1 2019, without fees for agents, managers and lawyers being deducted.

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