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[CVG]Gabe Newell almost went blind, now a 'near-billionaire'

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Valve boss Gabe Newell has been profiled by Forbes, in an article which gives as much away about his personal struggle with adversity as it does his company's massive profitability.

The report reveals that Newell almost went blind from Fuchs Dystrophy, a congenital disease that slowly destroys the cornea.

Newell had double cornea transplants in 2006 and 2007, to fix what he called at the time his "dead-people eyes".

"The thing that snuck past my defenses was that not only could I see again but I could see better than I ever had before," he told Forbes. "I felt like I was in a fantasy story. It reminded me of how fast the future is coming at us and from what unexpected directions."

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Since then, Valve has grown to attract 30 million customers - which Forbes estimates is "half to 70% of the $4 billion market for downloaded PC games".

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Forbes reports: "Various sources value the company at $2 billion to $4 billion, which is reasonable, considering the $4 billion to $6 billion valuations being put on Zynga, the maker of Facebook game hits FarmVille and Cafe World. Newell owns more than half of the business, making the Harvard dropout a near billionaire, if not one already."
http://www.computerandvideogames.com/288680/news/gabe-newell-almost-went-blind-now-a-near-billionaire/
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Oh Gabe.


Give me a damn job you fat piece of manhouse.
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Omg, hope he gets better.
     
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Omg, hope he gets better.

To late! :O
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Omg, hope he gets better.
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Newell had double cornea transplants in 2006 and 2007, to fix what he called at the time his "dead-people eyes".

We're talking 4-5 years ago. confused.gif
    
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Can we get Half Life Ep.3 now, Gabe?
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Near billionare, eh?

The disease doesn't sound so bad now, does it?
Who agrees?
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thats no excuse for eternal delay of games.
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>:d go gabe!
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why does every harvard dropout become a billionaire? so entering harvard and dropping out = instawin?
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