The life and rise of Tim Sweeney, the billionaire CEO behind ‘Fortnite’ who’s now taking on Apple in a lawsuit that could have huge implications for the whole industry

In many ways, on paper, Tim Sweeney is an average guy. He likes hiking, tinkering with technology, the occasional Diet Coke, and fried chicken from Bojangles’. 

In reality, he’s anything but average: Sweeney is the CEO of Epic Games, the company behind “Fortnite” — the wildly popular battle royale video game that’s earned billions since launching in 2017. Epic Games is also responsible for Unreal Engine, the software suite used to create some of the world’s biggest games.

Sweeney has a net worth of nearly $10 billion, according to Bloomberg, millions of which he has donated to forest conservation efforts

When it comes to tech execs, Sweeney remains rather low-key. He’s single, doesn’t have any kids, and he’s never been enticed by the flashy trappings of Silicon Valley: Epic Games is based out of Cary, North Carolina, just down the road from Raleigh. Sweeney’s first-ever job at Epic is still his current job, though the responsibilities and scale have changed considerably since founding the company in 1991

His latest responsibility: Taking on the likes of Apple and Google in a massive legal battle that could have major ramifications beyond “Fortnite.” Here’s everything we know about Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games.

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