Ryan Higa - Updated Jun 2023

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Ryan Higa

Ryan Higa is an American comedian, YouTuber, as well as actor. Ryan Higa is recognized for his comedy videos on the YouTube channel named @nigahiga.

Early Life and Childhood

Traveling back to Ryan Higa’s early life, he came out of his mother’s womb for the first time and cried on June 6, 1990, in his house in Hilo, Hawaii, the U.S. Ryan’s current age is 32 years old. His birth sign is Gemini.  His father’s name is Wendell Higa and his mother’s name is Luci Higa. Further, he has not mentioned his parent’s profession. He has an elder brother named Kyle Higa.

Similarly, he belongs to the American nationality and ethnicity of Okinawan. Actually, he is of Japanese descent as his parents originally belong to Japan. Being a kid, he grew up as a judo player and also holds a black belt rank. He has even completed his judo course.

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Caption: Ryan Higa captured wearing jersey on his childhood photo (Source: Instagram)

Likewise, he identifies as an agnostic. Ryan is diagnosed with ADHD.


Moving toward Ryan Higa’s educational background, he attended Waiakea High School, where he graduated in the year 2008. He was a very active kid at his school. And he got first in Wrestling and second place in Judo during high school. Later he moved to Las Vegas for studying nuclear medicine at the University of Nevada. As he was never interested in Nuclear medicine he dropped his University after the first semester and started focusing on his social media career.

Ryan Higa – Net Worth 2023

Speaking of Ryan Higa’s net worth, he is one of the most popular YouTubers who has earned a large sum of money from his work. Looking at his Youtube statics, he has around 21 million+ subscribers on his main channel and around 5 million on his second channel. Likewise, he has got billions of views altogether and has earned around $2 million through his videos.

Further, he has earned a huge sum of money through his other additional work. Therefore, he has a net worth estimation of around $10 million at present. His annual income is around $2 million. Recently, he bought a luxury car from Ford for $110k and also has one from Audi. Besides, he has also made it to the 19 most popular YouTubers in the world list by Business Insider. Moreover, the popular personality doesn’t seem to be involved in brand endorsement activities. However, he will surely be working as a brand ambassador for top brands in the coming days.

Relationship Status

Ever since Ryan Higa has been on his Youtube channel he has got love and appreciation from a lot of his fan followers. He has a large female fan following and is often curious if the Japanese-American Youtube star Higa is dating anyone or not in real life. He has also been connected with a lot of his fellow Youtuber stars but those were just rumors.

Reflecting on his current relationship status, he is single. His relationship status is a big mystery as he does not really speak of his private life. Previously, he was in a romantic relationship with American actress Arden Cho. She is a singer as well as a model recognized for her role as Kira Yukimura on Teen Wolf. The couple dated each other from 2015 to 2020. Their breakup was the biggest secret that was mysterious to his fans. After a year of knowing about their break up, the fans were shocked and very sad about the news. However, their fans even commented on their old duo pictures regarding the breakup news.

They both were very close to each other and looked adorable in the pictures. They were so much in love with each other and used to post beautiful pictures with heartful captions. Nonetheless, his fans will be eagerly waiting for their togetherness.

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Caption: Ryan Higa captured with his ex-girlfriend during podcast shoot (Source: Instagram)

Talking about his previous link-ups, he first dated his girlfriend Tarynn Nago from the year 2006 to 2010. After his break up with Tarynn, he began dating Andrea Thi in the year 2010. Unfortunately, they ended up their relationship in the same year so they are not together anymore.

Professional Life

Ryan and Sean Fujiyoshi started posting YouTube videos of themselves lip-syncing to songs in mid-2006 while attending Waiakea High School. They soon expanded beyond songs, with a diversity of other comedic pieces.

On Christmas Eve of 2008, their two most popular videos “How To Be Gangster,” and “How To Be Emo,” were removed due to copyright violations. On January 21, 2009, his account was temporarily got suspended, and required to remove more copyrighted videos. Because of this, his lip-syncing videos were all removed. Since then, he started composing the music himself. In late August 2009, How to be Gangster and How to be Emo were put back on his channel.

Youtube career

Talking about Ryan Higa’s Youtube career, he initiated his Youtube videos making lip-sync to songs as a high school kid. Eventually, he started posting some other funny and humorous videos on his channel. He joined Youtube on July 21, 2006, and named his Youtube channel under the name Nigahiga.

According to him, Nigahiga is a combination of ‘niga’ which in Japanese means ‘rant’, and his last name. He posted his first debut video titled “How to be Ninja” on July 26, 2007, which has gotten more than 53 million views till now. He showcased his stretching skills in his first video.

Currently, he posts several online series on his Youtube channels like Podcasts  I Dare You and Dear Ryan. He has an ‘Off the Pill’ series on his Youtube channel in which he entertains through ‘ranting’ on camera without taking his ADHD pills. He even has different ‘rant’ series which is ‘On the Pill’. However, his videos also consist parody, spoofs, and sketches in his videos. In addition, he also played valiant and streams on his youtube.

On his channel, he invited other fellow Youtubers and podcasts on several topics. Usually, his videos cross millions of views with his interesting videos. Some of his notable videos on the Youtube channel are “How To Sing Like Your Favorite Artists,” “The Best Joke Ever!,” “10 How To’s That Will Blow Your Mind!,” “Rap God (Dear Ryan),” and many more.

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Caption: Ryan Higa captured on his Youtube video shoot (Source: YouTube)

Second channel

In addition, he has also created a second channel under the name HigaTV which posts behind the scenes of his main channel. he has gained over 4.99 million subscribers on his channel. His most viewed as well as worth watching videos are “Parkourse at the Skate Park! (Ep.4),” “Parkourse at the Park! (ep.3),” “Parkourse at the Pool! (Ep.6),” etc.

Furthermore, he also helped to form the YOMYOMF Network, which hosts the online video-making talent competition, Internet Icon in 2012. He served beside Christine Lakin and Timothy DeLaGhetto as main judges.


In 2016, Ryan Ryan formed a K-pop band along with David Choi, Phillip Wang, Jun Sung Ahn, and Justin Chon. The k-pop band named BgA stands for Boys Generally Asian. The following band was created for consciously to inspire the all-female band Girls Generation. They released their first song named “Dong Saya Dae”, which currently has over 16 million views on YouTube.

Their song was considered a usual parody of all K-pop songs and highlighted joke lyrics. Despite this, the song surprisingly peaked at no. 2 on the official K-pop charts for iTunes. Similarly, BgA released its second song “Who’s It Gonna Be” in 2017 which was a more serious song than the first alongside the equal base of being a parody. Fortunately, the song reached the top no. 1 on the K-pop charts.

Likewise, Ryan posted a podcast on his YouTube channel Nigahiga on July 28, 2019, which announced plans for a BgA movie. They have even asserted that R.O.P. and Daeyang wrote a song for BgA, but were yet to record it.

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Caption: Ryan Higa posing along with his BgA band (Source: Instagram)

Film and television career

As an actor, he has played in several movies as well as television programs. In 2008, he got offered for first feature-length film resulting in Ryan and Sean’s Not So Excellent Adventure. The film was shown in sold-out theaters in Hawaii and California. The DVD was published on July 14, 2009, in the United States. Further, he has also produced an independent 35-minute film with Wong Fu Productions called Agents of Secret Stuff. The film was uploaded on the nigahiga channel on November 24, 2010. He featured some other popular YouTube users as well as actors such as Aki Aleong, and Arden Cho.

Likewise, he has also made a guest appearance on an episode of Supah Ninjas, playing DJ Elephant Head, a master plotter. In addition, he has also appeared in the 2016 horror film Tell Me How I Die.


Talented Ryan Higa has received many awards as well nominated several times. He has got awards for Shorty Award for Humor in 2012. Likewise, he has also got awarded as YouTube Creator Award in 2016 by Diamond Creator Award Youtube Creator Reward. Further, he has got nominated many times as  Teen Choice Award Choice Male Web Star, The Streamy Awards, Streamy Award Best Comedy Series, Young Hollywood Awards, and many more.


As a comedic Youtube star, he has to make several videos criticizing other comments which might be sometimes controversial. However, he loves what he does, and even doesn’t mind being labeled or criticized. He takes depressing comments lightly as his experience of being subjected to segregation in school has made him stronger inside. He called the internet the toughest place for sensitive people and advised for young aspiring YouTubers, not to let negativity ruin their determination.

In between, he has even got into unusual trouble as he posted videos that were subject to copyright. Likewise, several of his videos were removed from Youtube due to the reason for copyright violations which is why Ryan himself started composing music for his videos. However, he has handled his controversial situations lightly and has been successful in maintaining a clean image on social media sites. At present, he is not linked to any kind of controversy.

Body Measurements

The handsome personality Ryan Higa has an amazing personality with fit body physique. He has a great height of around 5 feet 8 inches and weighs around 65 kg (143 lbs). Likewise, he has an athletic body with a pair of dark brown eyes and black hair color.

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Caption: Ryan Higa captured during a photo shoot (Source: Instagram)

Ryan Higa – Social Media

Being a social media star, Ryan Higa is socially active on media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, etc. He has gained a huge fan following. On Instagram, he goes by the handle @notryanhiga with 2.3 million followers. Likewise, he has gained more than 1.9 million fan followers on his Twitter account and around 1.9 million fan followers on his Facebook account. He also frequently uses Twitch.

In addition, he runs two Youtube channels. He has gained over 21.4M subscribers on his @nigahiga Youtube channel and around 4.99 million subscribers on his HigaTVchannel. Further, he also has his own merch with several products that sell online as RYAN HIGA OFFICIAL STORE.