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8-year-old boy tops YouTube’s highest earners with KSh 2.6 billion

An eight-year-old boy who made KSh 2.6 billion from reviewing toys on YouTube has been named the platform’s highest earner in 2019.

According to Forbes, Ryan Kaji, whose channel Ryan’s World has 22.9 million subscribers earned $ 26 million (KSh 2.4 billion) in 2019, an increase from his KSh $ 4 million (KSh 400 million ) in earnings in 2018.

Forbes’ list is based on pre-tax income derived from things such as sponsored content, advertisements, merchandise sales and tours, CNN reports.

Another child, Anastasia Radzinskaya, 5, came in third place with earnings of KSh 1.8 billion.

Radzinskaya, who was born in southern Russia and has cerebral palsy, appears in videos with her father.

Dude Perfect – a group of five friends in their thirties who play sports and perform stunts – came in second place, earning $20 million (KSh 2 billion).

YouTube has however announced that starting next year, it will stop personalized advertisements on children’s content.

This follows after Google agreed to pay  KSh 17 billion ($170) to settle accusations that You Tube broke the law by collecting personal data from child YouTube users without permission.

Here’s YouTube’s biggest earners of 2019

1 Ryan Kaji, $26 million (KSh 2.6 billion)

2 Dude Perfect, $20 million (KSh 2 billion)

3 Anastasia Radzinskaya, $18 million (KSh 1.8 billion)

4 Rhett and Link, $17.5 million (KSh 1.75 billion)

5 Jeffree Star, $17 million (KSh 1.7 billion)

6 Preston (Preston Arsement), $14 million (KSh 1.4 billion)

7 (joint) – PewDiePie (Felix Kjellberg, $13 million (KSh 1.3 billion)

7 (joint) – Markiplier (Mark Fischbach), $13 million (1.3 billion)

9 DanTDM (Daniel Middleton), $12 million (KSh 1.2 billion)

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