How do programmers get rich???

Steve007

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Okay ive been wondering how a programmer ( Xbox games and Ios apps) gets rich if the average programmer get 60-90k a year and high payed p-grammers get like 100-160k.

But how does a programmer that uses C# and xna to make xbox games. and Objective C for Ios apps of all sorts make milions if not billions ?
 

randomizer

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Programmers rarely make anywhere near that much money. It's the company owners that make the cash. A handful make lots of money from phone applications, but good ideas are rare. Original ideas are rarer. Good and original ideas with someone willing back their creation are rarer still. We've all heard someone talk about this amazing idea that they've got which has had no market research, has no business plan and is top secret, but will apparently make millions. Usually they have no money to pay for a development team or are unwilling to pay for one. No, equity in a business that might exist and might make money is not payment.

Most programmers work on line of business software or websites for a fixed salary or contract. How does a programmer make the money you're talking about? Sheer luck.
 

Super Batman

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Ok, fine.
A.B. did make loads of money, but you dont understand the ridiculous fraction of a messed up chance some people had.
The reality is that it sucks, get over it
 

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Programmers rarely make anywhere near that much money. It's the company owners that make the cash. A handful make lots of money from phone applications, but good ideas are rare. Original ideas are rarer. Good and original ideas with someone willing back their creation are rarer still. We've all heard someone talk about this amazing idea that they've got which has had no market research, has no business plan and is top secret, but will apparently make millions. Usually they have no money to pay for a development team or are unwilling to pay for one. No, equity in a business that might exist and might make money is not payment.

Most programmers work on line of business software or websites for a fixed salary or contract. How does a programmer make the money you're talking about? Sheer luck.
 

Ijack

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They play the lottery.

People get rich by coming up with an idea that no-one has thought of before but everyone wants. A garbage collector is as likely to do this as a computer programmer. You can't learn it.
 
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