Andrew Gower is a video game developer, computer programmer and entrepreneur from UK. He is one of the co-founders the gaming company Jagex, based in Cambridge, which created and distributed Java-based games. He was the lead developer and his most famous creation is the game RuneScape. He founded the company along with his brother Paul Gower and Constant Redder. He then founded another company Fen Research. He along with his brother Paul has been featured as one of the richest entrepreneurs of UK. His financial details have always been a subject of speculation and curiosity. It has been estimated to run in several million Euros. Read on to know more about Andrew Gower and his total net worth in 2019.
Andrew Gower was born in Nottingham in United Kingdom on December 2, 1978. His full name is Andrew Christopher Gower. His early education took place at the Becket School and then he went on to complete his higher studies at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. He completed his M.A. in Computer Science in 2000.
In a documentary video for Runescape, Andrew Gower divulged that he has been into computer programming since the age of seven. He was fond of playing Pacman on his computer, which inspired him to create his own computer game and he came up with RuneScape.
Andrew Gower, along with his brothers Paul and Ian had created a variety of games. Andrew was the one who provided the graphics and music. In 1995, he created a 3D game, Parallax Painter for Atari. This was followed up next year with a 3D shooter game, Destruction Imminent.
During 1997 to 1999, he programmed in Java to create a series of games, which were featured on the website Games Domain. Besides several single player games, he also created a 3D castle called Games Domain Castle, which was similar to the popular game Wolfenstein. Games Domain was later acquired by Yahoo!
He then created a game called DeviousMUD which led to the creation of RuneScape in 2001, . The original version is now called RuneScape Classic and has been archived.
In 2001, he co-founded the company, Jagex Games Studio. The name Jagex was a shortened form for Java Gaming Experts. The other co-founders were his brother Paul Gower and classmate Constant Redder.
In 2004, Jagex developed the commercial version called RunScape 2 and distributed it as RuneScape. Andrew kept developing new games with the help of his brother Paul. During 2009-10, he was involved with the creation of Dungeoneering.
In December 2010, Andrew left the Jagex board of directors, although he was the principal architect and developer. In November 2011, his name was removed from the RuneScape credits. He also he divested his shares in the company and no longer has any shareholdings in Jagex. Later in 2012, his name once again appeared, as Andrew G. in the credits for RuneScape.
In 2010, Andrew founded a new company, Fen Research Ltd, which is an online gaming development company. It relies heavily on user created content. Andrew is the CEO. The company has gone public and Andrew holds 90% shares. His company is in the midst of developing a sci-fi strategy game named Solstrike.
Awards & Achievement
As early as 2007, The Sunday Times Rich List ranked the brothers in the richest entrepreneurs in the UK list at at the 654th position. In 2008, The Daily Telegraph ranked them at 11th on the UK’s richest young entrepreneurs list.
At the 2010 Develop Awards, Andrew and Paul Gower were awarded the Industry Legend prize.
Net worth of Andrew Gower
Andrew Gower had sold his shares in the earlier company Jagex which he co-founded in 2001. In 2010, these must have brought him an astronomical amount. His present company Gen Research has also gone public and it has increased his net worth considerably.
As of now, Andrew Gower has an estimated net worth of $750 million.
Andrew Gower is a genius, and even a child prodigy; considering the fact that he started developing video games on his computer from the age of seven. His passion for gaming and game development has brought him immense success and made him one of the top video game developer in the world. He is not just an inspiration for the younger generation who are so much into computer games but has also brought computer gaming in the forefront of the entertainment industry and helped expand it through his video game software.