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Billions in games. Which developer is richer than Trump?

We are used to famous athletes and Hollywood actors making millions of dollars and living in real palaces with aircraft hangars and golf courses somewhere in the backyard. But if you think about it, successful game developers should live just as well. After all, GTA V alone brought its creators more than $ 6 billion! So we decided to get into the pocket of the superstars from the world of video games.

Sam and Dan Houser. Rockstar games

Let's start with the "rock stars". The founders of Rockstar Games, brothers Sam (Sam Houser) and Dan Houser (Dan Houser) are among the top richest people in the UK.

Sam and Dan Houser

According to experts, their fortune today is $ 378 million. The growth in the number of players in GTA Online and Red Dead Online played a significant role here. In the last year alone, the brothers' bank account has been replenished by $ 13 million.

Dan Houser house

Dan Hauser didn't seem to be upset by being fired from Rockstar. A few months later, the screenwriter bought a house in one of the most expensive areas of Los Angeles for a very modest $ 16.5 million. However, the mansion in LA is not the only property of the British in the United States. Eight years ago, he bought a home on the East Coast. Rumor has it that it was in it that Truman Capote wrote the story "Breakfast at Tiffany's". Historic site for a historic person.

Gabe Newell. Valve

We couldn't pass by the founder and CEO of Valve. In January 2017, the American Forbes reported that Gabe Logan Newell's fortune exceeded $ 5.5 billion.

Gabe Newell

Thus, the developer not only entered the top 100 richest people in America (Gabe took a modest 97th place in the rating), but also bypassed the current US President Donald Trump, who allegedly has $ 3.7 billion in assets.

Gabe Newell property

The news that Newell spent the entire pandemic in New Zealand on his yacht was widely circulated. But figuring out where and how the founder of Valve lives in America was not easy. According to Virtual Globetrotting, Gabe continues to live in his native Seattle. Looking at sites selling real estate, you can find that the cost of a mansion in the same area is about $ 2.5 million.

Mike Morheim. Blizzard

The third place is taken by Mike Morhaime (Michael Morhaime), co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment, who left the company in 2018. Experts estimate his fortune at $ 1.8 billion.

Mike Morheim

After retirement, he bought himself a farm in the gated community of Rancho Mirage for $ 2.25 million. Several buildings are located on the territory of half a hectare, including the main house with an area of ​​600 square meters.

Mike Morheim property

However, Mike is the only one from the entire list (as far as we could find out) who not only spends the money earned, but also invests it in various startups. So, in March, he invested $ 1.2 million in Rally Cry, a gaming technology company.

Markus Notch Persson. Mojang

Unfortunately, the star of fame cannot last forever. Our next hero Markus Notch Persson, one of the creators of Minecraft, knows it like no other.

Markus Notch Persson

Information about his property is almost never found in open sources. It is only known that in 2014 he earned $ 2.5 billion by selling the rights to Minecraft and the Mojang studio to Microsoft. With this money, Persson bought a villa that Beyoncé and Jay-Z were eyeing. The house is located in Beverly Hills and is worth $ 70 million.

Markus Notch Persson mansion

If you take a look at Marcus' Instagram, you can see photos taken aboard a private jet. The pictures show a hand with a Patek Philippe watch worth about $ 200,000 several times. Notch himself wrote on Reddit that he did not know what to do with that kind of money, since he himself grew up in a poor family. Most likely, this is true: major tabloids have repeatedly reported that the creator of Minecraft could leave a couple hundred thousand dollars in the club overnight - certainly not the smartest way to manage cash.

Marcin Iwiński and Michał Kiciński. CD Projekt RED

On the fifth line of our top are Marcin Iwinski and Michal Kicinski, co-founders of CD Projekt. Polish Forbes included them in the top of the richest people in the country: the developers of the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 took the 3rd and 4th places in the rating with a capital of $ 1.2 billion and $ 1 billion, respectively. The main reason for the success is the excellent sales of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. However, the Slavic brothers prefer not to brag about their wealth. We have not been able to find information on major purchases such as a sports car or yacht. But, it is likely that such information will appear in the near future, because in less than a month Cyberpunk 2077 will be released.

Michał Kiciński

Marcin Iwiński

Since we did not find any information about the property, we decided to calculate what they could buy by spending all their money. Marcin Iwinski will be able to purchase more than ten thousand Tesla Model X vehicles in the maximum configuration. And he still has money left to buy a hangar for his fleet.

If Michal Kicinski decides to buy new PS5s for his billion, he will be able to afford more than two million consoles at $ 499 each.

Tim Sweeney. Epic Games

On the sixth line is the main competitor of Gabe Newell and concurrently CEO of Epic Games Tim Sweeney, whose fortune Bloomberg estimates at $ 7.16 billion.

Tim Sweeney

Rumor has it that some time ago, Sweeney collected expensive sports cars. Rare and expensive Ferrari and Lamborghini models have been spotted in his garages.

Chevrolet Corvette

However, over time, Tim realized that each sports car in terms of land is equal to 40 hectares - which means that buying land is at least much more profitable. Tim sold his cars, leaving only one Chevrolet Corvette. According to Sweeney himself, now he has as many cars as he needs. Well, commendable asceticism.

Andrew Wilson. Electronic Arts

"Money Squeezer", "Loot Box Chief" - as soon as the players call the publisher Electronic Arts. But to deny that CEO Andrew Wilson can make money is silly. As of the fall of 2020, he has at least $ 164 million in his assets. Mr. Wilson himself owns over 250,000 Electronic Arts shares worth over $ 32 million.

Andrew Wilson

In addition, his official salary is $ 21,365,751 per year. However, it is difficult to say exactly how much the EA CEO gets. In 2019, according to As You Sow, his salary was $ 35.7 million a year. For comparison, the CEO of Activision Bobby Kotick earns a little less: his salary reaches $ 28.7 million a year. But that is another story.

While working on the collection, we noticed one interesting feature. Game developers are careful about their privacy and are not particularly keen to brag about states. If you know how you can add information about our today's heroes, be sure to share in the comments.