|Celebrated Name:||Richard Garriott|
|Real Name/Full Name:||Richard Allen Garriott|
|Age:||59 years old|
|Birth Date:||4 July 1961|
|Birth Place:||Cambridge, England|
|Nationality:||American and British|
|Marital Status:||Married/Single/Divorced/In a relationship|
|Wife/Spouse (Name):||Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux (m, 2009)|
|Children/Kids (Son and Daughter):||Yes (2 Children)|
|Is Richard Garriott Gay?:||No|
|Profession:||Video Game Developer and Entrepreneur.|
|Net Worth in 2021:||$30 Million|
|Last Updated:||May 2021|
Richard Garriott is a popular English-American video game developer and entrepreneur. Richard has previously been a game designer and programmer, but he is now involved in various aspects of computer game development.
His father, Owen Garriott (22 November 1930 – 15 April 2019) was a NASA astronaut, and on 12th of October 2008, Richard flew aboard the Soyuz TMA-13 mission to the International Space Station as a private astronaut and returned 12 days later aboard Soyuz TMA-12, which made the second astronaut in the world and the first from the U.S. to have a parent who was also a space traveler.
In 2009, he founded the video development company, “Portalarium,” and he currently serves as the CEO and creative director of the role-playing video game, “Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues.”
Maybe you know about Richard Garriott very well, but do you know how old and tall is he and what is his net worth in 2021? If you do not know, we have prepared this article about details of Richard Garriott’s short biography-wiki, career, professional life, personal life, today’s net worth, age, height, weight, and more facts. Well, if you’re ready, let’s start.
Early Life & Biography
Richard Garriott, whose full name is Richard Allen Garriott, was born on the 4th of July 1961 in Cambridge, England, to parents, Helen Mary Garriott and Owen Garriott. His father used to work at NASA as a scientist and an astronaut. His father was one of the NASA’s first scientist-astronauts to flew to Skylab 3 and Space Shuttle mission STS-9.
Richard dreamt of becoming a NASA astronaut as a kid, but eyesight problems prevented him from achieving that goal, and he began to be engaged in computer game development. When it comes to his education, he has attended Clear Creek High School. He was able to write 28 computer fantasy games during his high school years.
Richard Garriott married Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux on the 20th of June 2009. Together, they have two children.
Age, Height, and Weight
Being born on the 4th of July 1961, Richard Garriott is 59 years old as of today’s date 16th May 2021. His height is 5.8 M tall, and his weight is 75 Kg.
Richard Garriott began writing computer games in 1974. In 1979, he began working at a computer store, where he saw computers manufactured by Apple, and he began to add perspective views to his games. He then created the role-playing video game, “Akalabeth” and began to sell the copies of the game at the store. One of his copy made it to California Pacific, who signed a deal with him following which the game sold upwards of 30,000 copies, and he made $5 for each game sold.
He entered the University of Texas at Austin, where he created the role-playing game, “Ultima I.” The game was a huge success, and as a result, “Ultima II” and “Ultima III” was also developed. He, along with his father, his brother Robert and Chuck Bueche, established their video game publisher, Origin Systems. He sold Origin Systems to Electronic Arts in September of 1992 for $30 Million.
In 1997, he coined the term, massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). He left Electronic Arts to form Destination Games in April of 2000 with his brother Robert and Starr Long. He later partnered with NCsoft, where he acted as a producer and designer of MMORPGs following which; he became the CEO of NCsoft Austin, also known as NC Interactive.
His game “Tabula Rosa,” which was published by NCsoft, had a seven-year development period but wasn’t greatly successful during its initial release. He left NCsoft in November of 2008, and in July of 2010, he was awarded $28 million in his lawsuit against NCsoft, stating that the company did not appropriately handle his departure in 2008. In 2009, he founded the company “Portalarium.”
On the 12th of October 2008, he flew aboard the Soyuz TMA-13 mission to the International Space Station as a private astronaut and returned 12 days later aboard Soyuz TMA-12. He has also worked on the Windows on Earth project, which provides an interactive, virtual view of Earth as seen from the ISS. In 2010, he released a documentary focussing on his experiences in the space named “Man on a Mission: Richard Garriott’s Road to the Stars.”
Awards & Achievements
Here is a list covering some of the Awards and Achievements earned by Richard Garriott:
- He was the winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1992.
- He was inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences’ Hall of Fame in 2006.
- He was the winner of the Game Developers Choice Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.
- He was inducted into the Environmental Hall of Fame in 2010.
Net Worth & Salary of Richard Garriott in 2021
As of May 2021, Richard Garriott has a net worth of $30 million Approx. He has garnered most of his earnings from his career as a video game developer. He has developed the popular many popular games, including the Ultima series. He has been the CEO of NCsoft Austin, also known as NC Interactive. In 2009, he founded the game development company, Portalarium.
Richard Garriott has been a great video game developer and has pretty much revolutionized the role-playing video game scene. One lesson which we can all take from his life is his passion for his craft and the lengths he is willing to go to improve his work. Here’s wishing him the best of luck for all his future endeavors and hope he keeps giving us awesome games like he always has.