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# 315 Gabe Newell $7.38B

Random fact: Greek economist Yanis Varoufakis worked at Valve in 2012.


Newell is the co-founder of Valve, a closely held video game developer that's created titles such as Half Life, Portal 2, Left 4 Dead and Counter-Strike. It also operates Steam, an entertainment platform that enables millions of gamers to play online concurrently and had nearly 30,000 games available on it as of May 2022.

As of :
Last change +$133M ( +1.8%)
YTD change +$478M ( +6.9%)
Biggest asset Valve
Country / Region United States
Age 60
Industry Technology
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Newell co-founded Valve, the closely held video game developer that operates gaming platform Steam and game Counter-Strike. Steam can support millions of gamers playing concurrently and nearly 30,000 games were available on it as of May 2022, according to its website.

Valve was valued at $7.7 billion in May 2022 based on Bloomberg calculations and discussions with Michael Pachter, a Los Angeles-based analyst at Wedbush Securities. This value has been adjusted for the performance of the Russell 1000 Electronic Entertainment Index since then. 

Newell's ownership stake isn't disclosed and he's assumed to hold 50.1% of Valve to reflect his control of the company and status as co-founder.

Doug Lombardi, a spokesperson for Valve, didn't respond to requests for comment on the net worth calculation.


Family: Unknown, No children

Gabe Newell was born Nov. 3, 1962. He began working at working at Microsoft in 1983 after dropping out of Harvard University, according to a February 2013 press release by the British Academy Games Awards. At Microsoft he worked on early versions of Windows before leaving in 1996 to found gamemaker Valve with fellow Microsoft coder Mike Harrington.

The studio's debut title, Half-Life, was released in 1998 and won more than 50 game-of-the-year awards. More hits, including Portal and Left 4 Dead followed. The company also developed online gaming platform Steam, which has 35 million active users, according to Valve's website.

  • 1962 Gabe Newell is born.
  • 1983 Drops out of Harvard to work at Microsoft.
  • 1996 Leaves Microsoft to found Valve with Mike Harrington.
  • 1998 PC game Half-Life is released.
  • 2003 Online gaming platform Steam is released.
  • 2004 Half-Life 2 is released.
  • 2007 Calls video games console Playstation 3 a waste of time.
  • 2013 Gives two lectures at the University of Texas.