Dong Nguyen
Dong Nguyen
Real Name/Full Name Dong Nguyen
Nick Name/Celebrated Name: Dong Nguyen
Birth Place: Hanoi, Vietnam
Date Of Birth/Birthday: 23 November 1985
Age/How Old: 38 years old
Height/How Tall: In Centimetres – 167 cm
In Feet and Inches – 5′ 5″
Weight: In Kilograms – 80 Kg
In Pounds – 177 lbs
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Bald
Parents Name: Father –N/A
Mother –N/A
Siblings: N/A
School: N/A
College: Hanoi University of Science and Technology
Religion: Christian
Nationality: Vietnamese
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Gender: Male
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Single
Girlfriend: N/A
Wife/Spouse Name: N/A
Kids/Children Name: No
Profession: Game Developer, Programmer
Net Worth: $4 million
Last Updated: June 2024

Dong Nguyen is a Vietnam based game developer and programmer. He became popular after he deleted his game Flappy Bird in 2014 after it gained a lot of attention from around the world. Other versions, remakes and parodies of Flappy Bird released the same year but those were not programmed by Nguyen himself. Nguyen went on to create other games and is the founder of dotGEARS game studios.

Well, how well do you know about Dong Nguyen? If not much, we have compiled all you need to know about Dong Nguyen’s net worth in 2024, his age, height, weight, wife, kids, biography and complete details about his life. Well, if you’re all set, here is what we know about Dong Nguyen to date.

Biography and Early Life

Dong Nguyen was born on 23 November 1985 in Van Phuc village, Hanoi. He was interested in programming and game developing from a young age and started learning coding on his own.

When he was 16 he started coding by himself while playing Super Mario Bros and Counter-Strike Go. He learned how to code his computer chess game at 17. Three years later, he joined the Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) where he majored in Computer Engineering.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Dong Nguyen in 2024 and what is his height and weight? Well, Dong Nguyen’s age is 38 years old as of today’s date 15th June 2024 having been born on 23 November 1985. Though, he is 5′ 5″ in feet and inches and 167 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 177 lbs in Pound and 80 kg in Kilograms.


Although information about his school is not disclosed, it is known that he graduated from Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) with a degree in Computer Engineering. At 19 he earned an internship by ranking in top 20 in a programming competition with Punch Entertainment (Vietnam), a popular Japanese IT company operating on social games. During this time, he got an inspiration for making a game like Flappy Bird, a simple game with retro graphics and difficult levels.

Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids

Nguyen was born in Hanoi, the only child to a simple, middle- class family who had no idea about games and hence had no understanding of the passion Nguyen had for game developing. He lived with his parents until the release of his game Flappy Bird, after which he moved to his own apartment. As far as his personal or his love life is concerned, he is very secretive about it and does not want to share any I=details regarding the same.

Is Dong Nguyen Gay?

Dong Nguyen’s sexual orientation is not disclosed, like many other information about his private life. He is not married, and can be considered single too.  There is no record about his dating or having partner/girlfriend/boyfriend so far. We hope that he is straight oriented and hope to get more information about his personal life soon.

Professional Career

Nguyen started his career as a game developer at Punch Entertainment company where he started developing some applications. He always wanted to make a simple game without too much graphics and hardcore difficulty.A simple game which would just require tapping, a game for people like himself, who are busy, stressed and always on the move.

He started making games on his iPhone. The first game he released was Shuriken Block, a game which is easy to learn but difficult to master, but the game became unpopular pretty quickly, probably because how deceptively ruthless it was. Nonetheless, Nguyen was pleased with the results of his game and decided to make his new game even simpler- the player can tap anywhere while playing the game and that is the only instruction needed to play it.

He wanted to capture the simplicity of games like Nintendo and Super Mario which he used to play as a kid. He modeled his new game on paddleball which is a masocore (a video game sub-genre specifically designed to frustrate the players with complex game mechanics and very difficult trial and error scenarios) analog creation. He limited this game to just a couple of elements and kept the graphics minimal. This came out to be the popular, frustratingly difficult game called Flappy Bird which gained an overnight attention from players worldwide.

When Nguyen released the game, he was hoping to earn a few good bucks, so it was released as a free game on the iOS App store. The game became viral after eight months of its released and millions of people started to download it on their phones. The number of downloads kept on increasing each day to the extent that Nguyen started earning a lot each day.

But this popularity troubled Nguyen a lot, especially after it topped charts in many countries. The local media found out where he lives and started hounding him for interviews. It stretched to a point where he could not go out of the house unnoticed.

He decided to delete the game and gave out an official announcement through his Twitter handle where he said that he has had enough and is taking down Flappy Bird. As promised he deleted the game next evening and left a million of confused players in his wake about what really happened.

When asked why he actually deleted the game he said that he wanted to make a simple game which made people relax but in its place, the game became an addiction to many people. He also saw many hate comments from people who said that Flappy Bird is slowly taking over their life. Dong still develops games and is the founder of dotGEARS studios.


Dong’s greatest achievement so far is Flappy Bird which made him rich almost overnight. His game was downloaded  more than 50 million times and rated 90 thousand times in the span of 9 months. He still did not receive any award for it, but he has gained a lot of recognition for his development.

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Dong Nguyen in 2024

Dong Nguyen Net Worth
Dong Nguyen Net Worth

As of 2024, Dong Nguyen is believed to have an estimated net worth is about $4 million. He still develops the game and is a full time developer at dotGEARS studio, a company that he founded in January 2011. His per day  earning surpassed even of that of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg after he developed the popular game, flappy bird.

Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know

  • He graduated from Hanoi University of Science and Technology and stated working at the age of 19 an intern in Punch Entertainment.
  • He is a game developer and is skilled in making arcade game design.
  • He is the only child of his parents.
  • He used to be a chain smoker during his college days.
  • He is an introvert and a quiet and simple person.

From a being chain-smoking geek from a simple middle class family to building a popular game app which made him rich almost overnight, Dong Nguyen definitely had an interesting career as a game developer. His per day  earning surpassed even of that of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Thus, we all hope to see more wonderful creation of his in our phone and enjoy them in our leisure time.


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