YouTube Tech Titan Marques Brownlee's Empire Is Growing

For MKBHD, creating content is a full-time job

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Ten years ago, Marques Brownlee was a 14-year-old high school junior in suburban New Jersey, who used his allowance to buy a new laptop for school. The laptop fell short of his expectations, so he taped a review of the unit and uploaded the video to YouTube. Now at age 25, more than 9 million subscribers later, Brownlee’s become a well-known tech reviewer on the platform, even winning creator of the decade at the 10th annual Shorty Awards in 2018.

Known by his moniker on his YouTube channel—MKBHD—Brownlee creates videos around tech reviews, makes explainers about features like portrait mode and puts together a retro tech series on products like the Game Boy.



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