Ryan Higa who is also referred using his YouTube Channel name ‘nigahiga’ is an American comedian, an actor and a YouTube personality. He has been known for his various comedy videos which have generated over three billion views on YouTube. His YouTube channel was the most subscribed YouTube channel for two years. By the year 2018, he has over twenty-one million subscribers making the channel to be 33rd most subscribed YouTube Channel. Keep reading to learn more about the Net worth of Ryan Higa in 2020.
Early Life & Biography
Higa was born in 1990 on June 6th. He is of Japanese descent and hails from Okinawa. Higa was born in Hawaii, and he has an elder brother named Kyle. When he was growing up, he competed in the Judo and did hold a black belt rank. He wrestled at Waiakea High School from where he graduated in 2008.
Higa had been dating Tarynn Nago since 2006, but they went their separate ways in 2010. Later he was in a relationship with Andrea Thi who also stars in few of his videos. Officially Higa remains a single and a very eligible bachelor who lives in Las Vegas. He has an elder brother called Kyle.
Career, Awards & Nominations
In 2006, during his schooldays at Waiakea High School, Higa began posting his videos on YouTube. The channel was called Nigahiga which is made from the word ‘Niga’ which in Japanese means ‘rant’; and his last name Higa. It was created with the help of his friends Fujiyoshi, Enos, and Nago; known as the Yabo crew.
Initially, these were lip-synced dubmash videos of popular songs. Later he branched into other interesting stuff like funny videos involving his friends as well. During 2008-2009 YouTube removed many of his videos on copyright violations for using music without the permission of its rightful owners. Even his YouTube account was suspended. Since then Higa began creating his music for his videos,
Later Higa relocated to Las Vegas after joining University of Nevada, that is located in Las Vegas, to study nuclear medicine. In 2011, he made another channel called the HigaTV which now has over 5 million subscribers. In this channel, he posts video blogs and ‘making’ videos or the behind the scenes videos.
In 2012, Higa started his production company called Ryan Higa Production Company to make videos for his Nigahiga channel. Also in 2012, Higa helped in the formation of the YOMYOMF Network, which conducts an online video-making competition called Internet Icon, to recognize the talents.
In 2016, Higa along with other YouTubers like David Choi, Phillip Wang, Jun Sung Ahn and Justin Cho; created the parody K-pop group Boys Generally Asian or BGA. They have uploaded two songs on YouTube Nigahiga channel which has got more than 14 million views.
Higa has also dabbled into films where he produced his first feature film, Ryan and Sean’s Not So Excellent Adventure which was financed by a Los Angeles film producer and director Richard Van Vleet. The film was released in Hawaii and California, and its DVD was also released.
Next year he released a short film on ninjas, Ninja Melk and in 2010, Higa uploaded a film called Agents of Secret Stuff made by his company Higa TV with Wong Fu Productions. In 2016, he appeared in a horror film Tell Me How I Die.
Higa has not received many awards, because his activities are restricted to a niche segment of entertainment. He has won a Shorty Award for Humor and has been nominated for The Streamy Awards and Young Hollywood Award. He has got ample rewards in the form of more than a million views of every video he uploads, which directly convert into advertising revenues.
Net Worth & Earnings
Ryan Higa is a super-star on YouTube, and the major source of income for him is his YouTube channel. For every view, he gets advertisement money from YouTube. Besides, he also endorses several top brands like Lenovo on his channel. As of now, his net worth is estimated to be over $3 million.
Ryan Higa, who is a Japanese by ethnicity and was born in Hawaii; has brought pride to the Asians by becoming the first celebrity on YouTube who has a following far greater than any star. He was able to achieve this status from being an unknown entity to harnessing the power of social media. He has worked hard after finding a suitable niche which was appropriate for the kind of videos he made. He is an inspiration for the YouTuber community.