Marques Brownlee, also referred to as MKBHD, has one of the most popular tech YouTube channels on the internet. He is known for his unbiased reviews on tech gadgets and providing tech-industry analysis. He is also a podcast host and professional ultimate frisbee player. As of 2023, Marques Brownlee has a net worth of $40 million.
On December 3, 1993, Marques Brownlee was born in Maple Wood, New Jersey. Ever since he was a child, he has always been fascinated with technology and gadgets.
He went to Columbia High School. Standing at 6 foot 2, Marques had a lot of potential in sports. So, he started playing frisbee in eighth grade and also tried golf. He graduated from high school in 2011.
The young man studied business and information technology at Stevens Institute of Technology. He earned his degree in 2015 as one of the first completers in the Stevens School of Business.
In 2009, while he was still in high school, MKBHD uploaded his first YouTube video. He was 13 years old, and he initially made videos about golf. Later on, he made reviews on various smart products. He continued with hundreds of videos that were mostly hardware demonstrations.
The aspiring content creator was very consistent with his uploads. After he graduated from college, Brownlee made videos full-time. He got a lot of exposure when multiple websites and major media outlets featured his tech analysis videos.
In 2014, he created one of his most popular video series, “the Smartphone Awards”. As he gained a massive following, Marques also ventured into doing interviews with public figures like Bill Gates, Kobe Bryant, and Mark Zuckerberg. Now, his personal YouTube channel has a whopping 15.6 million subscribers.
MKBHD expanded into a team. In 2019, Waveform: The MKBHD Podcast aired with Marques and Andrew Manganelli hosting the show. It mostly covers consumer electronics and related themes.
Brownlee hosts another channel called “The Studio”, which covers the MKBHD group’s behind-the-scenes activities. The famous influencer was chosen by Vox Media Studios to star in the YouTube Original Series, “Retro Tech”.
Apart from his YouTube endeavors, Marques Brownlee is active in his sports career. He currently plays frisbee professionally for the New York Empire in the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL).
Net Worth and Earnings
It is estimated that Brownlee makes anywhere from $102,700 and $1.6 million per year from his main channel’s with YouTube ad revenue. But he is also known for striking big sponsorship deals with brands like Tesla, Apple, Nike, and Google.
He earns extra money through affiliate links he adds to most of his reviews. Plus, there is his own merch. As a podcaster and athlete, he runs high-earning side hustles. This gives him a net worth of around $40 million.
Marques Brownlee is in a relationship with a lady named Nikki Hair. They started dating in 2016. MKBHD is currently in Kearny, New Jersey. There, he continues to produce content and drive his Tesla Model S Plaid.