Markus Persson’s profile picture

Markus Persson

Markus Persson’s profile picture
Net worth 2018: $1.44 Billion
Residence: Stockholm
Country: Sweden
BirthDay: 1 June 1979
Sigh: Cancer
Height: 1.75 m
BIOGRAPHY

Markus Persson was bornon 1 June 1979 in Stockholm, Sweden. Markus Persson is #1594 in List Billionaires People In The World. Markus "Notch" Persson made his fortune selling the rights to his game Minecraft to Microsoft in 2014. He's been since jetting around the world while programming new games in his spare time. An avid social media user Persson has also been open about the downsides of instant success as he used Twitter and Reddit to express the loneliness and emptiness followed by extreme richness. The main con about being rich, he told Reddit users, was the lack of external motivation to ever finish any projects. Persson created Minecraft as a hobby project, and release the boxy designed game in indie-game forums, while employed as a developer at Candy Crush maker King Entertainment. The immediate popularity of the game led Persson to leave King and form Mojang in 2010, selling 1 million copies in January 2011 and 10 million just six months later. The three million dollars Persson earned in dividends that year was split between the 25 employees of Mojang. In September 2014, after selling 15 million copies of Minecraft across gaming consoles, a $2.5 billion cash deal with Microsoft catapulted Persson to billionaire ranks. Known online as "Notch," Persson has been a vocal critic of big corporations, leading to three million Twitter followers and a cult-status.

NET WORTH STATISTIC
2015

$1.3 Billion

2016

$1.3 Billion

2017

$1.4 Billion

2018

$1.44 Billion

TIMELINE
2017

In November 2017, Persson was criticized for posting a tweet that read, "It's ok to be white

2014

In December 2014, he purchased an 8-bedroom, 15-bath mansion in Trousdale Estates, a neighborhood of Beverly Hills, California, for a reported $70 million

2013

Persson officially halted game production in August 2013, however C418, the composer of the games soundtrack (as well as that of Minecraft), released an album of the work he had made for the game

2012

" On 19 December 2012, the Electronic Frontier Foundation announced that Persson had donated $250,000 to the EFF's Defend Innovation project

2011

Persson is an atheist, and cited his theological and moral views as one of the principal donors to Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) during the Thanksgiving charity event of 2011

1979

Persson was born in Stockholm, Sweden, to a Finnish mother and a Swedish father on 1 June 1979

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