Meet the 20-Year-Old Who Built a YouTube Product Review Empire

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 4 years ago '09        #1
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Meet the 20-Year-Old Who Built a YouTube Product Review Empire
 

 
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Marques Brownlee is a YouTube sensation. The tech-review prodigy has 1.8 million subscribers—more followers than Kanye West, Marvel, or Disney Animation. Under the username MKBHD, he tests everything from cameras and headphones to Google Glass and the latest Tesla. This summer he got his hands on a sapphire crystal display rumored to be for the iPhone 6. In the video, which has gotten about 8 million views, he took keys, his foot, and even a blade to the screen with no result. (Though a follow-up featuring comedian Joe Rogan wielding a crossbow proved it's not indestructible.) The best part: This gadgetry powerhouse is a 20-year-old kid from New Jersey.

Brownlee started making review videos almost six years ago, though it's only in the past few that he developed his affable persona and slick filming style. “If I'm going to give someone advice on what to buy, you want a personality to back it up rather than some robot telling you X is better than Y,” Brownlee says. Today, his channel generates enough money from ads “to pay for itself and to make it worth my time.”

Brownlee is currently balancing this one-man production with his senior year of college and—of course—playing professional Ultimate Frisbee for the New York Rumble. He wants to expand his universe of review subjects too. “Anything with an On button is fair game,” he says. Like most people his age, he's not sure what he'll do after graduation. We suggest media mogul.

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76 comments for "Meet the 20-Year-Old Who Built a YouTube Product Review Empire"
 4 years ago '07        #2
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Mad respect for this kid.
 4 years ago '07        #3
Avon_Barksdale 4559 heat pts4559
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A brotha? Shhhhhyt
 4 years ago '04        #4
fat_boyy21 329 heat pts329
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The sky's the limit for MKBHD
 4 years ago '10        #5
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Damn he 20?
 11-17-2014, 10:21 PM         #6
Les Feuilles 
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 jayjay2 said:
Damn he 20?
Same thing I was thinking. What am I doing smh
 4 years ago '06        #7
xFMx ALCHEMiST 262 heat pts262
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proud of him, knew he was a smart well spoken unbiased reviewer since his early vids, didnt think he'd be where he's at now tho
 4 years ago '10        #8
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Marques Brownlee is a YouTube sensation. The tech-review prodigy has 1.8 million subscribers—more followers than Kanye West, Marvel, or Disney Animation.
didn't know he was doing his thing like that. Proud to say I'm one of them
 4 years ago '06        #9
~ KiLLa KaZi ~ 
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Watched a lot of his sh*t .. didn't know he was 20 tho .. respect
 4 years ago '05        #10
WCIB 118 heat pts118
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Heard of him on here awhile back, but I never once thought he was this young. Excellence.
 11-18-2014, 01:10 AM         #11
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Bruh gon become that mogul i just know it

keep it up young bruh
 4 years ago '05        #12
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Brownlee vs Floss for the crown coming soon
 4 years ago '05        #13
Sivraj 352 heat pts352
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Props to him.
 4 years ago '04        #14
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In MKBHD we trust
 11-18-2014, 01:25 AM         #15
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Remember watching some review he did a long time ago.

 11-18-2014, 01:31 AM         #16
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 metatr0n said:
Brownlee vs Floss for the crown coming soon
flossy is garbage compared to marcus bruh. That n*gga marcus sounds like a damn military sergeant marcus is the goat he knows what hes saying and got way more personality
 4 years ago '04        #17
Adwerdz 364 heat pts364
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Dude doesnt even have to work a 9-5 based on those views and ad revenue
 4 years ago '05        #18
slim_d20 21 heat pts21
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 metatr0n said:
Brownlee vs Floss for the crown coming soon
Nah ... Floss be promoting sh*t that is garbage sometimes. I've bought some sh*t he was like "this is a go" then it be some bullsh*t. Also he refuses to do reviews on things that are "not a go" or that he isn't being sponsored for. His subscribers been asking for the Oneplus One "real review" that he promised for months and the n*gga refuses to do it. MKBHD gives it all to you, good, bad, and ugly.
 4 years ago '10        #19
marx1684 1 heat pts
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I trust his opinion.
 4 years ago '11        #20
BtMkRs 12 heat pts12
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doing it Since he was 14 I cant remember 14 at all
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