Richard "Lord British" Garriott

Richard Garriott de Cayeux is a founding father of the video game industry. He has been inducted into the computer gaming hall of fame and has received the industry lifetime achievement award. He is credited with creating the now ubiquitous term “avatar” for one’s virtual self and the category of massively multiplayer games (MMORPGs). He authored the famed and successful Ultima series and has built 3 leading gaming companies: Origin Systems (sold to Electronic Arts), Destination Games (sold to NCsoft) and most recently Portalarium which just released Shroud of the Avatar, the successor to his previous works.

Garriott is also a principal shaper of commercial human spaceflight. He cofounded Space Adventures, the only company to arrange space flights for private citizens and is the sixth private astronaut to live aboard the International Space Station. The son of a NASA astronaut, he became the first second-generation astronaut and remains a key leader in civilian and commercial space as an investor and Board member of institutions such as the X-Prize Foundation, Space Adventures, and Planetary Resources.

Garriott is an avid explorer. He is the only person to have explored from the North Pole to the South Pole as well as outer space and the deep ocean. He has explored around the globe from the jungles of the Amazon and Africa, traversed the deep seas of the Titanic and hydrothermal vents as well as orbited the earth aboard the International Space Station. His non-profit and philanthropic works include serving on the boards of The Explorers Club and The Challenger Center for Science Education.