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Jamal Edwards: Amateur film-maker turned multimillionaire

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From a teenager on a council estate in west London to self-made multimillionaire, Jamal Edwards hasn't done too badly for himself in a very short space of time.

Still just 23 years old, the amateur film-maker turned media boss is worth more than £8m, and counts famous entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson as one of his friends.

Jamal is the owner of SBTV, a broadcasting company that makes videos - typically music videos featuring rap and pop music stars - and puts them up on YouTube.

Attracting millions of hits, the business continues to make a fortune by taking a percentage of YouTube's advertising revenues for adverts that are linked to its videos.

It is not a bad living for a young man who got into film-making after his parents gave him a basic video camera as a Christmas present when he was 15, and someone who by his own admission has no formal training.

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The more effort I put in, the more views the videos get, and the more advertising revenues I get back”

Jamal Edwards

Jamal says it is just a question of believing in yourself, and finding your talent, which for him is making videos.

"Try anything, don't be scared of failure, that is my advice," he says. "The only failure is not trying. And when you find your niche, what you are really good at, hit it so hard."

Bigger and bigger cheques

Back when Jamal was 15, he says he and his video camera immediately became inseparable, and he started to film friends rapping or singing.

Not instantly aware of the commercial potential of what he was doing, Jamal says he started to upload the videos to YouTube simply to make it easier for his extended friends to see them.

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Will never forget his grime forum thread 7 years ago

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Every week there's a thread.on this guy ffs

Trust, imhim/chaps taking turn to be topic creator and first poster.

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