TIM SWEENEY

Forbes - - LEADERBOARD -

$1.8 BIL­LION FORT­NITE

This year’s block­buster video game sen­sa­tion Fort­nite Bat­tle Royale has gen­er­ated a wind­fall for North Carolina devel­oper Epic Games and founder Sweeney, 47. Since its de­but a year ago, Fort­nite has at­tracted at least 125 mil­lion play­ers and over $1 bil­lion of es­ti­mated ingame sales (the game is free to play, but play­ers can buy var­i­ous ex­tras). Sweeney owns an es­ti­mated 16% of the com­pany he founded in 1991 while study­ing me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing at the Univer­sity of Mary­land.

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