Shigeru Miyamoto was born on 16 November 1952, in Sonobe, Kyoto, Japan, and is a video game designer and producer, best known for his work in the video game company Nintendo. He is responsible for the creation of popular games and characters like “Donkey Kong”, “Super Mario Brothers”, “The Legend of Zelda” and “Pokemon”. His success in the video game industry has put his net worth to where it is today.
How rich is Shigeru Miyamoto? As of early-2016, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $40 million, mostly acquired through a successful career in the video game industry. He reportedly earns around $1 million per year as the company’s “Creative Fellow”. He was also previously the head of Nintendo’s Entertainment Analysis & Development Division.
Shigeru Miyamoto Net Worth $40 Million
Growing up, Shigeru found inspiration in the natural areas that surrounded his hometown, and his love for nature and exploring became a key point in the creation of some of his video games like “The Legend of Zelda”. He graduated with a degree in Industrial Design from the Kanazawa Municipal College of Industrial Arts, and contemplated becoming a professional manga artist because of his love for manga, but was soon convinced by the video game industry, thanks to the late-1970s hit “Space Invaders”. During this period, Nintendo was a small company that was focused on making playing cards, novelties and toys, but Shigeru’s father helped him get an appointment with company President Hiroshi Yamauchi and his skills and creations earned him a spot in the company’s planning department, a significant beginning to his net worth.
Miyamoto became the company’s first artist, and worked on the art for the company’s first coin operated video game “Sheriff”, and then also helped with developing the 1980 game “Radar Scope”. The game proved to be unsuccessful in penetrating the North American market, and almost led Nintendo to financial ruin. Hiroshi assigned Shigeru to work on the unsold units to essentially develop his own game, and this was the beginning of the character and game “Donkey Kong”, which became a huge success, and which led Miyamoto to develop “Donkey Kong Jr.” and “Donkey Kong 3”. He soon reworked the character Jumpman to become Mario and made him a brother named Luigi, releasing “Mario Bros.” Shigeru’s net worth was rising steadily.
After the release of Nintendo’s first gaming console system called Family Computer or Nintendo Entertainment System, Shigeru then worked on and released “The Legend of Zelda” which was an opposite of the linear game play found in “Mario Bros.” Both games demanded sequels, and Miyamoto worked to add more elements to each game. Nintendo started developing the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) and then the Nintendo 64; during the period of these consoles, Miyamoto helped develop “Pocket Monsters” or “Pokemon” which went on to become an international success. Shigeru also created “Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time”, considered by many as the greatest game from the series.
In the years of 2000-2011, Shigeru continued to make various games, each with new releases of Nintendo game systems like the Gamecube, DS, and the Wii. The most recent releases he’s made are for the Nintendo 3DS and WiiU.
As for Shigeru’s personal life, he is married to Yasuko (m. 1980) and they have two children. He prefers to keep his achievements private which is why more foreign people know him compared to locals. He also enjoys playing different musical instruments and is a semi-professional dog breeder.
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