Steve Wilhite was an American computer scientist has died at the age of 74 due to complications from COVID-19. Following Steve Wilhite’s death, tributes began pouring in online for the scientist, with fans offering condolences to friends and family. One user said, “Steve Wilhite, the creator of the GIF, died at age 74 due to complications from COVID-19. The GIF allowed slow modem connections of the 1980s to transfer images more efficiently. Today, they are a mainstay of communication on the internet.” Another said, “The creator of GIF image format, Steve Wilhite, died today. In honor of his memory, we must all come together to start pronouncing GIFs with a soft G like the peanut butter brand “Jiff”. Rest In Peace, sweet prince. Your contributions to society will be remembered forever.” another said, “Steve Wilhite created the Graphics Interchange Format while working for Compuserve in 1987. When he received a Webby Award in 2013 for it, & delivered his 5-word acceptance speech, he flashed an mssg on the big screens: “It’s pronounced JIF, not GIF.”
What was Steve Wilhite Net Worth?
Steve Wilhite Net Worth
$10 Million to $15 Million USD
Steve Wilhite was an American computer scientist at an internet company named CompuServe in the 1980s. Although he was born on 3 March 1948 in the United States, he was 74 years old at the time of his demise. In 1987, Wilhite started his glittering career at the online service provider CompuServe, where he developed the Graphic Interchange Format, which later became an internet phenomenon in the early 2010s known as the GIF as the invention became widely popular in 2012, with Millennials sharing their reactions in the form of GIFs. In the words of the official Webby website: ‘The proliferation of the GIF within today’s meme-powered, Tumblr-driven pop culture, proves it a lasting format still among the most celebrated on the Web (despite the hotly contested controversy over its correct pronunciation). ‘With 2012 being the 25th anniversary of the GIF, we think the 17th Annual Webby Awards is a most fitting event to honor and celebrate Steve Wilhite and this historical achievement.’
The estimated Net Worth of Steve Wilhite is between $10 Million to $15 Million USD.
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