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How Notch Achieved a Net Worth of $1.6 Billion

Marcus Persson

Markus Persson is better known to the world as "Notch." He happens to be a Swedish gamer who created one of the most famous games in the world. Notch developed Minecraft through Mojang AB, a Swedish company that brought the game to millions of loyal fans. Notch has an estimated net worth of $1.6 billion as of the end of 2019, but how did he become so fabulously rich? Here is his story and how he came to join the ranks of the richest gamers in the world.

Net Worth$1.6 Billion
NameMarkus Alexej Persson
Age40
BornStockholm
Birth DateJune 1, 1979
Source of WealthVideo Game Programmer And Designer
CountrySweden

His lifestyle

Notch is the nickname of the man who created Minecraft and built an entire software development company around it. He lives in a $70 million mansion with eight bedrooms and 15 baths and he didn't go through the usual channels to finance it. Instead, he paid cash and it didn't make a dent in his bankroll. This is an investment that he made that will continue to hold his net worth up in the clouds as long as he is the owner and pays his taxes.

Who is Markus Persson?

Markus Persson, best known as Notch was born in Sweden in June of 1979. He had a passion for video gaming and turned his love of the hobby into a profession. He became a video game programmer and designer. His most famous creation was the sandbox video game Minecraft. He and his partners Jakob Porser and Carl Manneh founded the Mojang video game company in 2010. Persson provided the tech demo for Minecraft in 2009, and since that time, he gained a tremendous amount of backing and support as the game soared in its popularity within the video game industry. Players from around the world began playing the game. Notch received a great deal of positive attention and recognition for his contribution to the video game arena, winning several awards for his accomplishments. After establishing Mojang, he stayed on with the company as the lead designer until 2011, at which time he left the position, leaving Jens Bergensten to take the reigns. Mojang was acquired by Microsoft in November of 2014, at which time, Persson left under pressure from the new owner. He was accused of making comments that were sexist, homophobic, and racist on Twitter.

Becoming a billionaire

Persson and his partners sold the company to Microsoft for a confirmed amount of $2.5 billion. Although proceeds were distributed among the partners, Notch had already amassed a fortune prior to the sale of the company. Prior to the sale, Persson had been involved in programming since the age of 7 when he began working with his father's commodore 128 from home. His first game was produced at the age of 8. After completing training for his profession, he went to work for King and stayed with the company as a game developer for more than four years. He also worked for Jalbum and he founded Wurm Online. In addition to this, he developed and created seven other games competing to win honors and awards. He also became the star of "Minecraft: The Story of Mojang," which is a documentary about Minecraft, Mojang and their tremendous rise in popularity.

Wealth and fame are not satisfactory

Persson has recently made several tweets on his social media account that indicate he's not happy with his current life. Sure, he has better than a billion dollars in his holdings, but since selling the company that he built, he feels more isolated than ever. The wealth hasn't brought the satisfaction that he felt when he was building his empire. His wealth was gained fairly suddenly and it has been rumored that it has taken a serious toll on his previous relationships. Notch has indicated that he doesn't like his new lifestyle and hanging out with the very rich and famous in his financial circles isn't doing it for him.

Defining success

Markus Persson has achieved something that most people never will in their lifetime. He has become a billionaire by doing something that he truly loves to do. At heart, he is a programmer and video game creator. He developed one of the most popular video games in the world, made a fortune, and then sold it to one of the largest tech companies on the planet. Persson does a lot of traveling when he's not home in his $70 million mansion in Beverly Hills. He shared that most of the money that he does spend goes on this and new computer gear. He is still programming new games but he has found that his rapid success has changed his life in ways that he didn't plan for. Persson is a lonely billionaire who has taken to social media to share his feelings with the world. He doesn't like the changes that have evolved from the winds of fortune.

Conclusion

Notch is one of the richest gamers in the world. He earned his fortune through the development of the Minecraft video game. The company that he built to support and distribute the game was acquired by Microsoft for a price of $2.5 billion, and this is where the bulk of his fortune has come from. He is a self-made man who has come a long way in his professional career, but he is now learning how to deal with the fact that all the money he has made has changed his life and the way that he is viewed by the former acquaintances. Persson sends out a warning via social media to those who would seek a fortune, and he lets everyone know that it's something that you need to plan for because money changes the people around you and it puts a lot more stress into your life. There are some things that money cannot buy, and this is an important lesson that Notch is trying to impart to fellow programmers who would aspire to become rich.

Allen Lee

Written by Allen Lee

Allen Lee is a Toronto-based freelance writer who studied business in school but has since turned to other pursuits. He spends more time than is perhaps wise with his eyes fixed on a screen either reading history books, keeping up with international news, or playing the latest releases on the Steam platform, which serve as the subject matter for much of his writing output. Currently, Lee is practicing the smidgen of Chinese that he picked up while visiting the Chinese mainland in hopes of someday being able to read certain historical texts in their original language.

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