Mom of Ryan Kaji, star of Ryan ToysReview, once jailed for shoplifting

() The mother of Ryan Kaji, 7, who earned $22 million last year through his YouTube channel 'Ryan ToysReview', is a convicted criminal who was jailed for shoplifting. 

Ryan's parents have been secretive about their true identity - Kaji is an on-screen name they gave themselves - as they enjoy all the trappings of wealth in their hometown Cypress, Texas, 25 miles northwest of Houston.

His father can now be revealed as former structural engineer Shion Guan, 31, who drives an $80,000 Porsche Macan GT3 SUV to and from the large production studio the family bought for $1.2 million in 2017 in the Houston suburbs.

His wife, who is credited for creating the lucrative YouTube channel, is former high school chemistry teacher Loan Guan, 35.

Loan divides her time managing the family's four companies and caring for Ryan and his two-year-old twin sisters Emma and Kate at their sprawling $1 million six bedroom home in a gated community in Cypress. 

The 6,200 squarefoot house with a large swimming pool is just one of three properties the Guans own in the area.

They also own a 5-bedroom, 5 bathroom house worth $1 million in a nearby gated community and a more modest $190,000 three-bedroom home they purchased in 2014. 

Mugshot of Loan Guan, then 19, when she was arrested on May 4, 2003 for breaching a probation order imposed for shoplifting

Ryan Kaji (left) real name Ryan Haruto Guan, with his parents Loan and Shion Guan

Loan Guan (left and center), 35, and Shion Guan (far right), 31, of Cypress, Texas, are the parents of of Ryan Haruto Guan (center), better known as Ryan Kaji, YouTube's top earning star. On May 4, 2003, Loan - then known as Kieu-Loan Thi Nguyen - was arrested for breaching a probation order which had been imposed in 2002 when she had been caught stealing clothing at JC Penney departent store in Almeda Mall, Houston

The Guans' 'Ryan's World' brand- which includes toothpaste, mandarin oranges, television shows and video games - earned the family $22 million last year. Here, Ryan is promoting his range of toys at Walmart

The Guans' 'Ryan's World' brand- which includes toothpaste, mandarin oranges, television shows and video games - earned the family $22 million last year. Here, Ryan is promoting his range of toys at Walmart

Their son's toy review videos have been watched more than 30 billion times, making him YouTube's highest-earning entrepreneur and most-powerful influencer.

With 80 brands licensed in his family's 'Ryan's World' empire- including toothpaste, mandarin oranges, television shows and video games - Forbes financial magazine has calculated the family earned $22 million in 2018.

But a DailyMail.com investigation can reveal, before 'Ryan's World' earned her millions, Loan almost ruined her life when she was caught stealing.

Born in April 1984, Kieu-Loan Thi Nguyen, the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants, grew up in Houston, Texas, and was known to her friends as Loan.  

On June 28, 2002, the then 18-year-old University of Houston student was caught shoplifting at a JC Penney department store in Houston's Almeda Mall, close to her family home.

Security staff found Loan had tried to steal six items of clothing totaling $93. They detained her until Houston police arrived to arrest and charge her. 

Harris County Criminal Court in Houston could have jailed her for 60 days - the maximum sentence for a class B misdemeanor - but were initially lenient with Loan when they saw her a week later on July 5.

Ryan Haruto, then aged one, poses with his parents Loan and Shion Guan in October 2012

Ryan Haruto, then aged one, poses with his parents Loan and Shion Guan in October 2012

They fined her $150 and gave her a non-custodial sentence, placing her on six months probation. She was ordered to carry out 40 hours community service and submit to random urine tests. 

She was also given an offender identification card which she had to carry at all times and take part in an anti-shoplifting program.

But Loan had other plans. She chose not to report to a community supervisor, carry out community service or pay supervising fees.

On May 4, 2003, police from the City of Pearland, a suburb of Houston, arrested Loan for breaching the probation order.

On June 6, Loan was back at Harris County Criminal Court and this time sentenced to 60 days in prison at Houston's Harris County Jail. She served 30 days. 

After leaving jail, Loan decided to become a teacher and enrolled at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

It was through mutual friends there that, in September 2009, she met Shion Guan, almost four years her junior and studying civil engineering after moving to Texas from Japan.

Shion had been popular with his fellow Texas Tech students, spending his free time with them playing computer games and the card game 'Magic: The Gathering'. 

The family lives in a six-bedroom home in Cypress, Texas, 25 miles northwest of Houston, which regularly features in their videos. It is worth an estimated $1 million

The family lives in a six-bedroom home in Cypress, Texas, 25 miles northwest of Houston, which regularly features in their videos. It is worth an estimated $1 million

Shion Guan, 31, who drives an $80,000 Porsche Macan GTE3 SUV to and from the large production studio the family bought for $1.2 million in 2017 in the Houston suburbs

Shion Guan, 31, who drives an $80,000 Porsche Macan GTE3 SUV to and from the large production studio the family bought for $1.2 million in 2017 in the Houston suburbs

The Guans also own a 5-bedroom, 5 bathroom house worth $1 million in a gated community close to their main home in Cypress, Texas

The Guans also own a 5-bedroom, 5 bathroom house worth $1 million in a gated community close to their main home in Cypress, Texas

They also own a more-modest $190,000 three-bedroom home they purchased in 2014 close to Cypress, Texas

They also own a more-modest $190,000 three-bedroom home they purchased in 2014 close to Cypress, Texas

The Guans bought this large production studio for $1.2 million in 2017 in the Houston suburbs which is where their son Ryan's content is made

The Guans bought this large production studio for $1.2 million in 2017 in the Houston suburbs which is where their son Ryan's content is made

By November 2009 Shion and Loan were inseparable. The couple stayed together despite Loan graduating from the university in 2010 with a bachelor degree in arts and sciences.

On September 27, 2011, their son Ryan Haruto Nguyen was born.

Loan gained a Texas educator certificate in April 2012 and became a high school chemistry teacher.

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