John Romero is an American director, designer, programmer, and video game developer. He is one of the co-founders of id Software — the gaming company behind such games as Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Doom II, Dangerous Dave, Hexen, and Quake.

Along with lead developer John Carmack, Romero is considered one of the popularizers of the modern-day first-person shooter genre of video games.

John Romero is estimated to be worth $3 million. In this article, we look at the source of his income and breakdown his wealth and his net worth.

John Romero: Net Worth & Salary Breakdown

John Romero made his money from his salary as a leading game designer and developer who has worked for such companies as Origin Systems, Softdisk, id Software, and Ion Storm.

Romero started as an amateur game designer and developer. His first game, Scout Search, gave him recognition in the gaming community.

He joined Origin Systems in 1987 and worked on games like 2400 A.D. and Space Rogue.

(Left to right): John Carmack, Adrian Carmack, and John Romero
(Left to right): John Carmack, Adrian Carmack, and John Romero
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After co-founding companies like Inside Out Software and Ideas from the Deep, Romero joined Softdisk where he came into acquaintance with his future business partners: John Carmack, Adrian Carmack, and Tom Hall.

He left Softdisk in 1991 with the others to form id Software. It was in it Software that Romero’s true capabilities were realized. He was instrumental behind the pioneering of what is the modern-day first-person shooter.

He was the executive producer and game designer of such FPS games as Commander Keen, Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Doom II: Hell on Earth and Quake. 

After creative disputes, Romero left id Software to found Ion Storm. When he floundered in Ion Storm, he founded Monkeystone Games which specialized in mobile games.

Romero has since worked with various gaming companies and founded companies of his own. He currently works with his wife in his ninth game studio, Romero Games Ltd.

John Romero: Age, Parents, and Ethnicity

John Romero was born Alfonso John Romero on October 28, 1967, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The 52-year-old was born to the maintenance man, Alfonso Antonio Romero, and his wife, Ginny Schuneman.

He is of Yaqui origin from his father’s side and Cherokee from his mother’s side.

John Romero: Relationship, Marriage, and Children

Romero has been married four times in his life. His first marriage happened in 1987 when he tied the knot with Kelly Mitchell. They were married for two years before calling it quits in 1989.

He married for the second time in 1993 with his second wife, Elizabeth Ann McCall. They tied the knot on July 1, 1993, but got divorced after five years together, in 1998.

Romero’s third marriage happened in 2004 with Raluca Alexandra Plesca. Their marriage couldn’t last more than seven years and they officially divorced in 2011.

John Romero and his wife, Brenda
John Romero and his wife, Brenda

His fourth and current marriage happened on October 27, 2012, to the game developer, Brenda Brathwaite, and they have been together ever since. They collaborated on games like Ravenwood Fair, Cloudforest Expedition, and Ghost Recon Commander, and are the co-founders of the social gaming company, Loot Drop.

Between his four marriages, Romero has fathered three children: sons, Michael Romero (born in 1988), and  Steven Romero (born in 1989); and daughter, Lillia Antoinette (born in 1998).