Former NASA Engineer Turned Super Soaker Inventor Just Got Very Rich

By Adam Clark Estes on at

Lonnie Johnson's having a good week. The former NASA engineer just won $73 (£45) million in a royalties dispute with the toymaker Hasbro for inventing the Super Soaker, the coolest toy you ever had growing up. The lawsuit also covered royalties for Nerf which Johnson also masterminded because he is awesome.

So Lonnie's really rich now. It should be noted that he was pretty rich before, having made an estimated £12 million from global sales for the Super Soaker. But once your fortune seeps into the hundreds of millions of dollars, you're in another league. Anybody want to have a Super Soaker fight—with cognac? [AJC via Core77]