Steve Wilhite, the GIF’s creator, died at the age of 74 from covid-19 complications.
Wilhite’s death was confirmed by his wife Kathaleen, who told NPR that he passed away last week after contracting covid-19 in early March.
Some people are wondering about Steve Wilhite’s net worth before his death, as tributes to the late creator flood social media.
In honour of the late GIF creator
When Steve Wilhite started working on the Graphics Interchange Format, or GIF, in the late 1980s, he was a computer scientist at CompuServe, a software business.
Wilhite, who is credited with inventing the GIF, collaborated with a CompuServe team to create the now-famous utility, which was published in 1987.
Wilhite reportedly worked at CompuServe throughout the 1990s until retiring in 2001, according to NPR.
Wilhite was honored with the Webby Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013 for developing the GIF.
Net Worth of Steve Wilhite
While the GIF has become a well-known part of internet culture, some have speculated about its creator Steve Wilhite’s net worth throughout the years.
According to Otakukart, Wilhite’s net worth before his death was estimated to be around $93 million. Other websites, however, claim his net worth was higher, with Net Worth Post estimating it to be approximately $93 million in 2022.
Despite his estimated fortune and achievements, Wilhite remained a “very humble, gentle, and kind man,” according to his obituary.
Gif tributes to Steve Wilhite have been created by fans.
Many people have congratulated Steve Wilhite for bringing GIFs into the world as word of his death spreads throughout the internet:
RIP Steve Wilhite. GIFs are special to us. Thank you pic.twitter.com/JtmvM6iryi— Collectr (@collectr_nft) March 23, 2022
Wilhite previously disclosed in an interview with Daily Dot that the first GIF he made was an “image of a plane,” and several Twitter users have since shared the same GIF as a tribute:
The first gif ever created.— La Guarimba Film Festival (@La_Guarimba) March 24, 2022
Steve Wilhite, inventor of this amazing format has passed away. pic.twitter.com/jkrba3XPlM
In Wilhite’s honor, other Twitter users have urged others to post their favorite GIFs:
In memory of Steve Wilhite the creator of the Gif. Post your favorite gif below! pic.twitter.com/UdAO5x4fkl— The_Sensei (@TheSenseiTV) March 24, 2022
At this sad time, we express our sympathies to Steve Wilhite’s family.
Steve Wilhite’s Car Collection
Steve Wilhite recently paid $3 million for a Bugatti Divo.
Steve Wilhite also owns a $1 million dollar, Rolls-Royce Cullinan.
Steve Wilhite owns a few other vehicles, which are listed below. See the Rothschild Family Net Worth for further information.
- Alfa Romeo Giulia
- Ferrari Portofino
- Lexus GX
Portfolio of Steve Wilhite’s Investments
Steve Wilhite has put a portion of his fortune in the stock market, resulting in a yearly fixed income. On the New York Stock Exchange, Steve Wilhite has stock in more than 12 companies. Steve Wilhite’s portfolio includes the following stocks:
- Ford Motor Company
- Exxon Mobil
- Walt Disney
Frequently Asked Questions
Steve Wilhite was born in the United States?
Milford is a town in the state of Ohio.
How much money did GIF Creation bring in for Steve Wilhite?
More than $20 million.
What is Steve Wilhite’s net worth?
$93 million dollars.
Steve Wilhite has how many children?
There are three children in the family: two sons and a daughter.