Robert A. Altman, the co-founder, and chief executive of ZeniMax Media, has passed on at the age of 73, the company announced on Thursday. The company broke the news of Robert Altman’s passing in a touching social media post this morning which memorialized the company leader. The cause of death was not given in Bethesda’s announcement on social media.
We are deeply saddened to tell you of the passing of Robert A. Altman, our Founder and CEO. He was a true visionary, friend, and believer in the spirit of people and the power of what they could accomplish together. He was an extraordinary leader, and an even better human being. pic.twitter.com/FZFsVtHc5tAdvertisement
— Bethesda (@bethesda) February 4, 2021
Robert A. Altman is survived by his wife, Lynda Carter, best known for her television portrayal of Wonder Woman in the late 1970s. The two married in 1984. Carter also cameoed with voice roles in five Elder Scrolls games (most notably as the deity Azura) and in Fallout 4.
Altman founded ZeniMax Media (a portmanteau of the words “Zenith” and “Maximum”) with Bethesda Softworks’ founder Christopher Weaver, as the successor to Bethesda’s then-parent company. With investment from Altman and the backing of several high-profile board members, Bethesda acquired the Fallout franchise from original publisher Interplay in 2004; id Software and its Wolfenstein, Doom, and Quake franchises, in 2009; and developers Arkane Studios and MachineGames in 2010, putting them to work on the Prey and Wolfenstein series.