Tim Sweeney Biography & Net Worth
|Popular Name:||Tim Sweeney|
Timothy Dean Sweeney
Potomac, Maryland, United States
|Profession:||Businessman, Video Game Programmer & Developer,|
|Net Worth:||$8 Billion|
|Last Updated:||December, 2020|
Tim Sweeney is an American video game programmer and businessman. He is the founder and chief executive officer of Epic Games, and the creator of the game development platform Unreal Engine. Tim has spent the most part of his lifetime developing video games programs. He found a career in his favorite activity of gaming, and followed his heart without looking back or giving up on his goals. Today, he is very much accomplished and has his place on the table of the world’s known billionaires. Here’s everything there is to know on Tim Sweeney’s biography, and the story of his career journey as well as how much he earns money he earns from doing what he knows how to do best.
Tim Sweeney’s Early Life
Timothy Dean Sweeney was born to a cartographer father and a housewife mother in 1970 in Potomac, Maryland, United States. He had two siblings, elder brothers Steve and Pat. From a very young age, Tim picked an interest in programming and completely embraced the life of programming when he was 11 years old. At that time, he would spend many hours in the day programming during his school days instead of doing any other activities. Unlike his mates who would play football or ride their bikes, He would lock himself in his space and pay attention to programming alone.
As per his education, Tim graduated from Churchill High School in the year 1989. Following this, he enrolled in the University of Maryland for a mechanical engineering program. However, his attention was never in his studies and he paid more of his attention playing games during his second year at the University. To realize his dreams, he quit his studies and dropped out of the University with one credit away from completing his studies.
He never switched on jobs, but instead, was always fixed on practicing his coding skills and developing his knowledge on programming.
Tim Sweeney’s Career
Like many other programmers, Tim Sweeney started his career during his days in the University. In 1991, he released the game “ZZT” under the company Potomac Computer. Realizing what he had done and what he could achieve in the nearest future, he started his company ‘Epic Games’ and was completely dedicated towards making better games. He earned a lot of money by selling thousands of copies of his ZZT game to buyers who found his work amazing and liked it.
In the year 1999, he left his family house and relocated to North Carolina where he settled with his company. He released a first-person shooter game ‘Unreal’, and it brought him huge fame and much more fortune as the game achieved fame and success in the market. It was this game that became the base for PC’s, Xbox, and PlayStations.
His company became highly prosperous with the release of Unreal, and Tim Sweeney backed up his success by releasing several more shooting video games. Following the release of ‘Gears of War’ in 2012, the game sold more than 22 million copies all over the world. Tim also released another video game, ‘Fortnite’, and it earned him unimaginable fame worldwide, and contributed in the establishment of Tim’s company, Epic Games, as one of the biggest game developer in the world.
Awards & Achievements
Tim has won many awards for being а successful video game programmer. He has also received many more nominations for his accomplishments in the video game industry. Some of his awards and accolades include: Game Developers Choice Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award, Wired Magazine’s Rave Award, Person of the Year by The British Video Game Industry Magazine MCV. In 2012, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Science.
Successful and wealthy, famous and intelligent, Tim Sweeney has remained single for most part of his lifetime. There is currently nothing in the media suggesting that he has any children, and neither does he nurse any plans of getting married. He’s not in any relationship at the moment either, and it seems that this famous entrepreneur prefers to live a simple and single life, and keep his private life away from the public.
Tim Sweeney Net Worth
As the founder of Epic Games, Tim Sweeney net worth is pegged at $8 billion currently. He is also the chief executive officer of Epic, a company he founded all alone in the early 1990s. A huge proportion of his wealth today has come from his career as a creative programmer and game developer, and also from his company. He has produced many games that were commercially successful and sold millions of copies around the world.
Tim has also contributed substantially to acts of charity. He is a known philanthropist who has made his mark in the lives of many people in the world. He is probably best remembered for his $15 million donation, made in 2017 to North Carolina for forest protection. One of the world’s billionaires, Tim Sweeney is known for his extravagant lifestyle as well. He owns a nice fleet of expensive cars, and maintains a mansion worth millions in North Carolina as his primary residence.