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In 2018, an 8-year-old made $22 million on YouTube. No wonder kids want to be influencers

 

 

 

More kids these days want to be influencers than astronauts. But unlike supersuccessful YouTubers such as Ryan Kaji, most influencers are more like unpaid interns.

 

Like any 8-year-old, Ryan Kaji loves to play with toys. But when Ryan plays, millions watch.

 

Since the age of four, he’s been the star of his own YouTube channel. All up, his videos have gained more than 35 billion views. This helped make him YouTube’s highest-earning star in 2018, earning $22 million, according to Forbes.

 

That’s more than actor Jake Paul ($21 million), the trick-shot sports crew Dude Perfect ($20 million), Minecraft player DanTDM ($18.5 million), and make-up artist Jeffree Star ($18 million).

 

Ryan is apparently living the dream of many kids—and adults.

 

Photo (master1305/iStock; d1sk/iStock)

 

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