“If you had asked me 10 years ago if I would ever get to 1 million subscribers, I would have said probably not,” Brownlee admits. Today, a mere million seems like nothing. More than 12.8 million fans now subscribe to Brownlee’s gadget reviews and tech-industry analysis on MKBHD, his YouTube channel. “It blows my mind every day how many people are actually interested in tech.” With his videos attracting 700 million views in the past year, Brownlee earned $5 million or so. He’s come far from his first videos, in which he did things like review the 17- inch HP Pavilion laptop he purchased in high school. Now he’s center stage, interviewing such luminaries as Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg.
“As North America settles in for a long pandemic winter, there are bright spots on the horizon. Hundreds of them. The 600 young entrepreneurs, activists, scientists and entertainers featured in our 10th Annual Forbes 30 Under 30 give everyone reason to hope. Some are defying the odds and building businesses despite Covid-19; others are helping to fight the illness, serving on hospital front- lines or working with A.I. to discover new drugs. This year they were photographed by one of their own: Mamadi Doumbouya, a 23-year-old immigrant from Guinea who appears in this year’s Art & Style group. Collectively, our Under 30 trailblazers have raised over $1 billion in venture funding and are proof positive that ambition and innovation can’t be quarantined.”