Gabe Newell

Gabe Newell is a computer programmer and entrepreneur best known for co-founding the ‘Valve Corporation.’ He is a pioneer in the field of enhanced graphics and games artificial intelligence (AI). He is also the creator of the versions 1.01, 1.02, and 1.03 of the ‘Windows’ operating system.

What is the Net Worth of Gabe Newell?

Gabe Newell has amassed a sizable fortune from his job as a businessman and programmer. Gabe’s net worth is projected to be above $ 3.9 billion, according to reports.

Early Life and Education

Gabe Logan Newell was born on November 3, 1962, in Seattle, Washington, United States. Scorpio is his zodiac sign. His fascination in solving riddles turned into a passion for computer games and information technology as he grew older (IT). Gabe does not like to share his personal and private life with people, thus he has not exposed his parents’ details on social media.

Davis Senior High School in Davis, California, was where Newell finished his studies. Gabe then went on to Harvard University, where he studied from 1980 to 1983. He dropped out of college, though, to work for the American IT behemoth ‘Microsoft.’ He later remarked that during his first three months at ‘Microsoft,’ he learnt far more than he could have studied at ‘Harvard University.’ From the moment he began working, Newell aspired to be an entrepreneur in his own right.

Professional Life and Career

Gabe began his computer programming career with ‘Microsoft’ in 1983 and stayed with the company for the next 13 years. He had various major portfolios at ‘Microsoft,’ primarily in the fields of program management and operating systems. He was the main force behind Microsoft’s release of ‘Windows NT.’ During his time with the company, he traveled extensively and visited other software companies in order to gain practical knowledge of how the industry worked. In 1996, Newell and his coworker Mike Harrington left Microsoft as ‘Microsoft Millionaires,’ and founded their own company, ‘Valve Corporation.’ They collaborated on the science fiction first-person shooter video games ‘Half-Life’ and ‘GoldSrc’ for Microsoft Windows.


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He is a pioneer in the field of enhanced visuals and artificial intelligence in gaming. Steam, which has over 200 million users, distributes over 1500 games. The most popular video games on ‘Steam’ are ‘DOTA 2’ and ‘Team Fortress 2.’ In 2009, ‘Steam’ captured over 70% of the digital video game distribution business. He also created ‘Steam for Schools,’ which is a piece of instructional software that is extensively used in schools to make physics, chemistry, and arithmetic more engaging. The software is interactive, with the goal of inspiring young creative minds. He was a key figure in the development of Sony’s ‘PlayStation 3,’ despite once calling it “a waste of everyone’s time.”

Its first-person puzzle video-game platform, ‘Portal 2,’ was developed by ‘Valve Corporation.’ He gave a discussion about software at the 2010 ‘Electronic Entertainment Expo.’ He also created the ‘HTC Vive’ virtual-reality headset gear, which runs on ‘Steam’ and competes directly with ‘Apple’s’ App Store’ on ‘Mac’. His current position at ‘Valve Corporation’ is managing director of game development, with a focus on technology rather than game design. However, he has always maintained that staying current with the latest ideas and designs is critical to a game’s success.


  • 2005– Game Developers Choice (Best Game- Half-Life 2)
  • 2009– BAFTA Games Award (Best Multiplayer- Left 4 Dead)
  • December 2010– Forbes named him as ‘A Name You Should Know
  • 2013– Newell was added to the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame
  • March 2013– Honored with the BAFTA Fellowship award
  • October 2017– Listed in Forbes’s top 100 richest people in the United States.

Controversy and rumors

Until now, Newell has never been involved in any rumors or scandal. He would rather enjoy his personal life than combine it with his business life.

Valve's Gabe Newell reveals he's spent five months living in New Zealand |  VGC
Gabe Newell reveals he’s spent five months living in New Zealand. (Source: VGC)

Body Measurement and Social Media

Gabe has a good appearance and a pleasant personality. He stands at 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 98 kg. In addition, his eyes are green and his hair is brown.

Gabe Newell has 2.7k Instagram followers and 19k Twitter followers, according to his social media accounts. However, he is not active on the site. Facebook, Tiktok, and Youtube are three of the most popular social media platforms.


  • As of 2022, Newell is 59 years old.
  • He suffered from ‘Fuchs’ dystrophy,’ a congenital disease that affects the cornea, and recovered from his condition by 2007, after two cornea transplants.
  • Gabe’s approach to dealing with piracy is to give consumers products that are better than what any pirate company can reproduce.
  • He is also believed to have been critical of ‘Windows 8’ and the multiplayer online gaming service ‘Xbox Live,’ which he described as a catastrophe.
  • He was inspired by Michael Abrash, who quit ‘Microsoft’ to produce the gaming software ‘Quake’ at ‘id Software.’

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Quick Facts of Gabe Newell

Age: 60 years 1 months
Birth Date: January 03, 1962
Horoscope (Sunshine): Capricorn
Full Name: Gabe Newell
Birth Place: Washington, USA
Net Worth: $3.9 billion
Height / How tall : 5 feet 7 inches (1.70m)
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Nationality: American
Profession: Bussinessman
Education: Havard University
Weight: 98 Kg
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: Green
Lucky Number: 4
Lucky Stone: Topaz
Lucky Color: Brown
Best Match for Marriage: Scorpio, Virgo, Taurus
Last Update: February, 2022