Young entrepreneurs: Jamal Edwards, SB.TV
Media mogul Jamal Edwards is the entrepreneur behind leading UK youth broadcast channel SB.TV, which he founded at just 15
Arguably one of the most well-known rising young stars of the entrepreneurial landscape, Jamal Edwards is rapidly growing his own media empire SB.TV.
At 23, Edwards has amassed over 208 million views on YouTube, is already worth £8m according to the Sunday Times Rich List and counts Sir Richard Branson among his friends.
At just 15, Edwards started using a video camera to film his friends rapping or singing and his amateur-film making gradually began to attract interest until he was able to turn his hobby into a viable business, taking a percentage of YouTube’s ad revenues for adverts linked to videos.
Since the first video upload in 2007, Edwards has worked with some of the world’s biggest artists including Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber, Drake and Jessie J, and now has over 400,000 video subscribers and rising.
Last year, Edwards, an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, signed a deal with Sony RCA to run his own record label.
Investors have also shown interest in Edwards’ ‘youth broadcaster channel’ with tech investment firm Miroma Ventures purchasing a share in the company for an undisclosed amount in October 2013.
In recent months, Edwards has branched out into a clothing line and published a self-help book Self Belief: The Vision, which was a number one e-book bestseller.
Speaking about his success to date, Edwards explains he “had no idea how to build a media company when [he] started making videos” but he had the “drive and determination to have a go and try to see it through”.