Tim Sweeney, the creator of “Fortnite”, is officially worth over $7 billion dollars.
Lucky for all of us, he’s not wasting it all on yachts, private jets, and designer threads. Instead, he’s on a mission to help save the Planet.
While gamers around the world have been in awe of Sweeney for years, non-gamers are falling for the simple man in glasses now, too.
All thanks to the fact that he’s doing a lot to help save our rapidly disappearing forests.
Sweeney recently sold his 3-D software company Epic Games.
A decision that, according to Business Insider, puts him at #194 on the list of the 500 richest people.
In exchange for his good fortune, the billionaire philanthropist has promised to help protect the incredible undeveloped land in the western Carolina mountains.
If you’ve been following his story, you know this is nothing new. In fact, back in 2008, Sweeney started buying up property throughout North Carolina.
Today, he’s spent millions of dollars purchasing some 40,000 acres.
This makes him one of the largest private land owners in NC.
Sweeney donated $15 million to protect 7,000 acres of lush forest land located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
This area, known as The Box Creek Wilderness, would have otherwise been swooped up by a company that wanted to knock down the trees and pollute the land with power lines.
The animals living here might not know it, but their lives and the habitat they depend on were spared, all thanks to Sweeney.
Not to mention, many of the plants and animals in this area are considered endangered.
Biologist Kevin Cadlwell was quoted saying: “ecologists documented more than 130 rare and watch-list plant and wildlife species, and several new-to‐science wildlife and plant species, including three moths and a new spiderwort species.”
This is just the beginning of Sweeney’s ultimate plans. Among his many future goals, he plans to connect South Mountains State Park to Chimney Rock.
A year after swooping in to save The Box Creek Wilderness, Sweeney dropped just under $2 million dollars to buy another 193 acres in Alamance County.
He has vowed to leave this land undeveloped and in its natural state. Previously, the land was owned by the Sizemore Brothers LLC. – and if someone else had bought the land, who knows what they would have done with it.
We can say with near-certainty that they wouldn’t have left it undeveloped.
In 2018, Sweeney bought 1,500 acres of land known as Stone Hills.
The land was being considered as a spot to develop a golf resort community, but there’s no threat of that now.
“I bought this land because it has a nice longleaf pine forest and was available for a reasonable price.
I’ll be holding it until I find a permanent nature conservation home for it, which will take years or decades,” Sweeney said.
Sweeney’s work to protect our natural forests is so important.
After all, one study out of North Carolina State University reported that there are only two fully intact forests left on our Planet.
In addition, researchers found that human interference can be blamed for a 13 to 75 percent decrease in animal and plant diversity.
Sweeney isn’t the only one trying to stop the world’s forests from disappearing. Jack Ma, the genius behind Alibaba and China’s wealthiest man, bought 28,000 acres of land located in the Adirondack mountains of New York.
Right after buying the land, he stopped logging operators from continuing their work.