Tim Sweeney
United States

Epic Games


Founder / CEO

Reaching 350 million players, Epic’s industry-defining “Fortnite” is now the focus of ongoing court battles with Apple and Google. Epic’s apps were removed from the App Store and Google Play in 2020 following updates that directed users to its own pay system, thus skirting the stores’ 30% cuts. In September 2021, a California judge ruled Apple must allow developers to send users to alternate pay methods but said Apple was within its rights to kick out Epic. Sweeney is bold, as “Fortnite” makes up most of Epic’s earnings. Still, the company has diversified and grown revenue in other areas, launching a storefront and publish­ing arm while lending virtual production services to Hollywood ahead of the 2022 launch for Unreal Engine 5, the next iteration of its flagship game engine.


  • Fortnite
  • UNREAL Engine
  • Epic Games Store


  • University of Maryland (Maryland, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
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