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  • First NameNotch

Markus Persson, 41, better known as Notch, is a Swedish video game programmer and designer who is best known for creating the video game Minecraft alongside Jakob Porser and Carl Manneh. He is also popularly known for founding the Swedish video game company Mojang.   

Following the release of Minecraft, Persson gained popularity and support in the video game industry. He has designed and created other games like Caller’s Bane, 0x10c, and several others. According to Forbes, Markus’ net worth is estimated at around $1.6 billion as of early 2020. 

Markus Persson Created Minecraft In 2011 

The 41-year-old began creating the sandbox video game Minecraft in 2011 and was released on 18th November 2011. The game became the single best-selling video game of all time selling over 180 million copies by late 2019 and over 112 million monthly active players. 

An iOS and Android version of Minecraft called the Pocket Edition had been released. On 9th May 2012, Minecraft was released for Xbox 360 and on 17th December 2013 for Playstation 3. Persson reportedly left working for Minecraft after a deal with Microsoft. 

He then teamed up with Jakob Porser for Scrolls, including elements from board games and collective card games; however, he was sued by a Swedish law firm representing Bethesda Softworks over the trademarked name of Scrolls. 

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On 27th September 2011, the case was sent to the court, and in March 2011, the lawsuit was settled, allowing Mojang to continue using the Scrolls trademark. The game was officially released as a free game entitled Caller’s Bane. 

Markus began pre-production of an alternate reality space game following the end of his involvement with Minecraft. The game 0x10c (pronounced Ten to the C) was set t release on 3rd April 2012; however, Persson eventually postponed the release date indefinitely due to several creative blocks. 

Moreover, some of Ludum Dare 48-hour game which Persson participated are Breaking the Tower, Meta gun, Prelude of the Chambered, and Minicraft. 

How Rich Is The Minecraft Founder Currently? 

According to Forbes, Markus reportedly owns a net worth at around $1.6 billion as of 19th March 2020, whereas, Celebrity Net Worth estimated his fortune at around $1.3 million as of early 2020. 

Persson’s billion-dollar fortune comes from his royalty of 42% of Mojang’s annual profits in return for allowing them to market, control, and develop Minecraft. 

As per sources, Mojang generated $133 million in revenues in 2011, which resulted in Markus earning a royalty of $56 million. The following year, he made a royalty of $101 million. In 2013, he generated $130 million from royalties. 

In short, Persson has earned $287 million alone in royalties in the past three years. 

Furthermore, after Microsoft bought Minecraft from Mojang for $2.5 billion, Notch was reported to make $1.7 billion before taxes as he controlled 71% of Mojang through his companies. 

How Lavish Is Notch’s Lifestyle?

Although the Swedish claims he spent most of his earnings in computer gears and travelings, he reportedly splashed $70 million in a 23,000 square feet mansion in Beverly Hills. 

His purchase was listed as one of the most expensive homes ever sold in the Hills. The house features 8 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms with a 54-foot living room, massive candy dispensers with more than $200,000 worth of candy, living room sofa built by Bentley Motors worth $500,000, 24-person dining table place worth $3,700 each, with a ton of art including a massive $250,000 sculpture of a hand-grenade and antique machine gun. 

Short Biography And Personal Life Of Markus Persson?

Markus Alexej Persson was born on 1st June 1979 in Stockholm, Sweden t a Swedish father and a Finnish mother. He is Swedish by nationality and has mixed (Finnish, Swedish) ancestry. 

He spent seven years of his childhood in Edsbyn before moving back to Stockholm, along with his parents. Markus began programming at a young age with his father’s Commodore 128 home computer. 

Is He Dating Anyone At The Moment?

The Minecraft founder is reportedly single at the moment. The billionaire rarely mentions his personal to the public and prefers a low-key life. 

Previously he was married to his long-time girlfriend, Elin Zetterstrand. The couple tied the knot on 13th August 2011 after dating for 4 years. 

While together, they shared a daughter named Minna. Unfortunately, the couple split a year later, and their divorce was finalized on 15th August 2012. As per reports, Persson pays £4,000 i.e. $4,605 per month as the child support.