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.

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This story first appeared in the Nov. 18, 2019, issue of Adweek magazine. Click here to subscribe.