YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki is stepping down after nine years in office. In her blog post, she wrote, “I have decided to start a new chapter focused on my family, my health, and personal projects that are close to my heart. YouTube Chief His Product Officer Neal Mohan will lead Google’s video platform. “Now is the right time for me. YouTube has an amazing leadership team and I feel empowered,” she said.
Ms. Wojcicki added that he will continue to work on YouTube “in the short term” to “support Neal and help him transition.” In her blog, she credited Mohan for launching YouTube TV and leading YouTube Music, Premium, and Shorts. She became involved with Google when the founders, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, set up shop in the garage of her home in Silicon Valley in 1998, becoming the company’s first marketing manager a year later. A Google employee for nearly 25 years, she was among the first 20 employees at the tech giant – listed at number 16.
During Ms. Wojcicki’s tenure at YouTube, she has faced public criticism over the platform’s handling of content moderation, the spread of misinformation, and ongoing concerns over child privacy. Fact-checking organizations around the world say that YouTube is not doing enough to prevent the proliferation of misinformation on the platform. When she joined the online video platform in 2014, she had just passed the milestone of 1 billion users. Currently, worldwide she hosts 2.5 billion users and many of her YouTube creators make lucrative careers from their channels.
Jimmy Donaldson, better known as Mr. Beast, has been the creator of the highest-grossing content on YouTube over the past year. According to the latest Forbes magazine estimates, the young American will earn as much as £45 million ($54 million) in 2022.