Ton Roosendaal | Net Worth, Wife, Family, & Businesses

Ton Roosendaal is a Dutch software developer, who is famous for being the creator of Blender and Traces. In addition, Roosendaal is recognized as the original creator of the open-source 3D Blender and Traces. He is the co-founder of NeoGeo 3D animation company in the Netherlands. He is also a film producer who produces movies under his animation.

Age, Parents, Siblings, and Hometown

Ton Roosendaal was born on 20 March 1960, in the Netherlands. He is 64 years old. 

The information regarding the identities of his parents has not been made disclosed in any media sources. It is also not clear whether Ton is a single child in the family or has got any other siblings. He is Dutch by nationality but the details of his hometown are also not clear.

Ton Roosendaal Wife, Relationship Status, and Children

Roosendaal has never made any announcement regarding his personal life. But according to few online sources, Ton is currently single and is not involved in any kind of romantic relationship. He has not been married and doesn’t have any children.

Ton Roosendaal Net Worth

According to various online sources, the total net worth of Ton Roosendaal is estimated to be USD 16 million. His direct source of income is his various projects which include NeoGeo, Blender Foundation, and various Open projects. He also earns how wealth from producing various films which include Spring, Elephants Dream, Big Buck Bunny, Sintel, Glass Half, and many more. His annual salary has not been estimated to the present day.


Not much detail is available on the educational background of Ton Roosendaal. However, he is a self-taught software designer and has attended the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands to study Industrial Design.

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In 1989, he started his career by founding the animation studio named ‘”NeoGeo’ in the Netherlands which also went unto being one of the largest 3D animation studios, where he developed software like Traces for Amiga.  And by 1995, Roosendaal had developed an in-house software tool for 3D animation named ‘Blender’ which became very successful.

Ton even moved the business to Amsterdam by 2002, however, the business didn’t grow after that and all operations of Blender were shut down at the beginning of 2002. But the demand from the users and customers made Roosendaal build up a non-profit Blender Foundation by the end of the year.

Ton Roosendaal became the chairman of the Blender Foundation on 13 October 2002. A few of the best Blender artists then became his collaborators to make a short animation movie and thereby proving that one can use blender to build top-quality animation. Overall, it helped in making Blenders better. The team went onto winning the Ub Iwerks Award at the 46th Annual Annie Awards in 2019 for their excellence in professional quality animation.

The foundation then started working on open-content projects, animating several movies under the ‘Blender Institute’, which is the studio of the Blender Foundation established by Roosendaal in 2007. Since its establishment, it has released more than eight movies under its banner and also under Ton as a film producer.

Awards and Achievements

The following are some of Ton’s awards and achievements:

  • The Leeds Metropolitan University awarded him an honorary doctorate in Technology on 16 July 2009.
  • On 2 February 2019, he received the 46th Annual Annie Award Ub Iwerks.

Popular Work

The following are some popular works related to Ton Roosendaal:

  • Blender’s Foundation
  • NeoGeo
  • Elephants Dream
  • Big Buck Bunny
  • Yo Frankie!
  • Sintel
  • Tears of Steel
  • Spring

Unknown Facts

Here are some unknown facts on Ton Roosendaal:

  • Ton Roosendaal is a self-taught software designer.
  • In 2002, NaN investors ceased all operations. However, with the support of users and Blender’s customer, Ton founded the non-profit Blender Foundation in the same year.
  • Ton has been involved with several open-content projects which have proven to be very successful throughout his career.

Health Issues

On March 5, 2020,  Bender Foundation released a short note in regards to their chairman, Ton Roosendaal that Roosendaal was hospitalized with an acute immune system failure. As it turned out, the disease is extremely treatable with common medicines. So, Roosendaal is on temporary sick leave from the foundation until he gets better.

Wiki and Short Bio.

  • Name: Ton Roosendaal
  • Birth Name: Ton Roosendaal
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  • Birth Date: 20 March 1960
  • Birth Place: Netherlands
  • Age: 64
  • Gender: Male
  • Zodiac: Pisces
  • Nationality: Dutch
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  • Father’s Name: N/A
  • Mother’s Name: N/A
  • Sibling: N/A
  • Relationship Status: Single
  • Marital Status: Not Married
  • Spouse: N/A
  • Children: N/A
  • Occupation: Software developer, Film producer
  • Net Worth: USD $ 16 million
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  • Complexion: Fair
  • Hair color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Blue
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