There goes an adage that “Money can buy everything, except happiness,” and the philosophy seems to be true in the case of Minecraft creator Markus Persson, who became a billionaire at the age of just 35 when Microsoft paid $2.5 billion to acquire his wildly popular gaming franchise.
In a slew of tweets, Persson admits how his life has become rather isolated and monotonous since his deal with Microsoft. Moreover, it seems the core of his dissatisfaction with being a billionaire comes from a lack of purpose and not having to work, and the pressure that comes once you attain that celebrity status.
After slew of back-and-forth Tweets some of which included the use of profanity, he ended his Twitter rant on a rather positive note, and finally came to appreciate the fact that these feelings were quite normal for people who taste sudden success. Best known among the gaming fraternity by his in-Minecraft name ‘Notch’, Persson has 2.46 million followers on Twitter which can largely be attributed to Minecraft’s success.
‘I don’t make games with the intention of them becoming huge hits. I can’t be responsible for something this big. It’s not about the money. It’s about my sanity,’ said Persson
As just three months after the Microsoft acquisition of Minecraft, Persson bought a $70 million mega-mansion, where he reportedly outbid power couple Jay Z and Beyonce. The deal was apparently the highest price ever paid to acquire a house in Beverly Hills. The mansion he acquired is supposed to offer an “overwhelming sensory experience,” as per the listing, complete with outrageous luxuries such as M&M towers, a movie theater and 15 bathrooms, which reports suggest are are equipped with Toto Neorest toilets, each costing $5600, and also boasts off a 16-car garage.
He also started hosting rather wild parties where well-known celebrities such as Skrillex, Selena Gomez, and Tony Hawk used to come. It is also believed that Perrson spent a chunky sum of $180,000 in a single night. In addition, he also owns two of the priciest apartments in the Swedish capital Stockholm, hanging out in the city’s most fashionable bars and partying with the likes of Katy Perry, Price Harry and Hugh Grant.
And just like any billionaire, he’s also taken up golf, though admits that hasn’t got a clue about the game.