|Real Name:||Marques Keith Brownlee|
|Birthday:||December 3, 1993|
|Net Worth:||$8 million|
|Occupation:||American Tech YouTuber, Professional Ultimate Frisbee Player|
MKBHD works on building his brand since 2008. And it paid off. He is now one of the wealthiest young people. Just for comparison. MKBHD cash flow is over $8 million. The average 20 something American has a cash flow of $10,000.
Born as Marques Keith Brownlee in 1993, he is a professional ultimate Frisbee player. He is famous for his technology-focused videos and podcast. His channel is a concatenation of his initials and high-definition. That is how you get MKB and HD together.
As of August 2020, he has more than 11 million subscribers and more than 2 billion total video views. He gets high praise from everywhere. In 2013, former Senior Vice President, Social for Google Vic Gundotra called him the best technology reviewer in the world.
Career Ups and Downs
Marques joined YouTube on March 21, 2008. He is one of the old-school YouTubers. He uploaded his first technology video in January 2009. It took some time for him to get working. At the time, he was still in high school. His first videos were about new products and reviews of products he already owned.
For his first videos, he used screencasting to produce them. For his first hundred videos, he focused on hardware tutorials and freeware. And as of December 2019, his channel is one of the most subscribed technology channels in the world.
On March 29, 2018, he uploaded his 1000th video on YouTube. Review sites often promote his channel and reviews. For example, Engadget promoted his channel in January 2012. They featured his tour of the new cloud storage service Insync.
In November 2013, he posted one of his most viral videos ever. The video about LG G Flex caught the eyes of everyone. In the video, he performed various scratch tests to portray the self-healing ability of the mobile phone. On the first day, the video reached a million views. And as of August 2020, the video has more than 8 million views.
In December 2013, MKBHD did an interview with Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside. And in May 2014, he did his first over-the-air interview with Evan Blass.
On July 7, 2014, he uploaded a new video about video review and scratch tests. This time, he tested a rumored 4.7 inch Micromax 7 front glass component. The video went viral. Websites like The Verge, Forbes, CNET, and Time Magazine featured the video on their site. The video amassed more than 9 million views.
His videos and interest span beyond technology. In December 2015, he did an interview with professional NBA player Kobe Bryant. The two talked about tech interest, Kobe-designed shoes, and more.
And during the 2016 Democratic presidential primary debate, Brownlee asked candidates tech questions. Specifically, he wanted to know whether tech companies and the government can find a middle ground over encryption.
Continuing with his high-profile interviews, he did one with Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. The interview with Craig Federighi aired in October 2016 during the release of MacBook Pro 2016. And then in March 2018, he interviewed Neil deGrasse Tyson. To top it all, in August 2018 he interviewed Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
He started his Waveform: The MKBHD Podcast with co-host Andrew Manganelli. The podcast discusses producing videos for YouTube channel, Easter eggs within the videos, and more. They aired the first episode on Apple Podcasts and Spotify on July 31, 2019.
In December 2014, he started his own Smartphone Awards series. There, he picks the best phones in certain categories from the past year. And then in 2017, he created physical awards featured in the video. Companies could ask for them and get them. MKBHD posts the awards in the middle of December.
The young YouTube star attended Columbia High School. He studied at the Howe School at Stevens Institute of Technology. He majored in business and information technology. In 2015 after graduating, he started working as a full-time YouTuber. Before that, he only posted when he had time. MKBHD produced his videos from his apartment until moving out in 2016.
Now he has a studio in Kearny, New Jersey. He uses RED video equipment for his videos.
As of August 2020, MKBHD fortune is over $8 million. He earns money through YouTube. His channel has more than 11 million subscribers. And he gets more than 3,000 subscribers every day. So far, he accumulated more than 2.2 billion views on his videos.
He gets an average of 2 million views per day. In money, that translates to up to $10,000 per day from YouTube ads. And since he is among the highest-profile YouTubers, he gets even more money through YouTube preferred program.
He earns some extra money through brand deals. So far, he worked with companies like Google and D Brand to promote their products. Last, but not least, he earns money through affiliate marketing. Anytime someone buys a product via a link he posts in the videos, he gets paid a commission.