Markus Persson is a Swedish video game programmer and designer. Widely known as “Notch”, Persson is best known for creating the sandbox video game “Minecraft.” Also, he is the founder of a video game company Mojang alongside co-founders, Jakob Porter and Carl Manned in late 2010.

The resident of Stockholm, Sweden, Markus Persson has a huge net worth of over $1.5 billion. Persson sold out 15 million copies of Minecraft across gaming consoles to Microsoft in a $2.5 billion cash deal. He was married to his long-time girlfriend Elin Zetterstrand in 2011. He has a daughter named Minna Almina Zelda Zetterstrand.

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What is Markus Persson’s Net Worth in 2019?

As of 2019, Markus Persson enjoys an impressive net worth of $1.5 billion. Persson made his fortune selling the rights of his game Minecraft to Microsoft in 2014
In September 2014, after selling 15 million copies of Minecraft across gaming consoles, Persson sold out to Microsoft in a $2.5 billion cash deal.

CAPTION: Video game designer and founder of Minecraft, Markus Persson

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As per reports, Microsoft offered up a whopping $300,000 to Mojang‘s each individual staff member willing to stay on for another six months. On top of this, employees were also said to be guaranteed two years worth of their monthly salary following the closure of Mojang’s sale.

Markus Persson’s income, salary

Do you know, like most of the richest computer geeks like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, etc, Markus Persson is also a self-made man? He has made a stupendous fortune from his career.

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The main source of Markus Persson’s income and earnings are computer games. Yes, Persson is the video game creator and designer. Previously, he worked as a programmer and video game designer for multiple video game companies.

Markus Persson House

In December 2014, in celebration Persson purchased a $70 million mansion in Trousdale Estates, a neighborhood of Beverly Hills, California.

CAPTION: In 2014, Markus Persson bought a house in Beverly Hills for $70 million


This is the 23,000-square-foot megamansion, Persson bought for $70 million; an estate with its own cinema, iPad-controlled fountains, automated glass doors, a panoramic view of LA and, best of all, a candy room, which is exactly what it sounds like.

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That amount includes all the expensive furniture and 90-inch TVs displayed in the mansion, along with cases of Dom Perignon champagne, because you don’t celebrate buying houses like this with Two Buck Chucks.

CAPTION: The Pool’s fountain can be controlled by an i-pad


Markus apparently paid cash for the eight-bedroom, 15-bath property, six days after closing the deal. According to sources, Notch outmaneuvered and outbid interested celebrities, including Jay-Z and Beyonce, who toured the house several times in the past few months.

Markus Persson: Man who gives to charity

Markus, who is self-described Atheist helped raised $458248 and donated the money to charity for the Humble Bundle Mojam to develop Catacomb Snatch. He also donated $250000 dollar to the EFF’s Defend Innovation project.

Markus Persson Early Life

Markus Persson was born on June 1, 1979, in Stockholm, Sweden under the birth sign of Gemini. His birth name is Markus Alexej Persson. He is also known as Notch or xNotch. He was born to a Finnish mother and a Swedish father. For the first seventeen years of his life, he lived in Edsbyn. He then moved back to his native Stockholm.

Persson started programming when he was seven years old, on his father’s Commodore 128 home computer. When he was only eight years old he produced his first game which was a text-based adventure game.

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His parents divorced when he was 12. Person’s father abused alcohol and became addicted to amphetamines. His younger sister also began to experiment with drugs and eventually ran away from the home. Persson filed to finish high schools. He was still living at home when his mother, a nurse who worked the graveyard shift at a local hospital, forces him to take an online programming course.


Markus Persson professionally worked for as a game developer for over 4 years until 2009, prior to joining Jalbum as a programmer. He became one of the founders of Wurm Online but no longer work for this game. He also made other seven games for competition for the Java 4K Game Programming including MEGA4kMAN and Left 4K Dead.

CAPTION: Billionaire, Markus Persson, founder of Minecraft

SOURCE: Forbes

It was released on 18 November 2011. He worked on Minecraft full-time until the completion as a game developer.

On 9 May 2012, Xbox 360 edition of Minecraft was released which features certain new updates like a tutorial and skin packs. After a recent deal with Microsoft to sell Minecraft for $2.5 billion, Persson stopped working on the game.


Markus Persson married his long-time girlfriend Elin Zetterstrand (Ez) on August 13, 2011. However, a year later on August 15, 2012, Persson announced that he was single. With his girlfriend, Markus has a daughter named Minna Almina Zelda Zetterstrand.

Markus Persson who strongly criticized both piracy and the stance of large companies on piracy is the member of the Swedish Pirate Party. He is also a member of Mensa. Persson was seen in the movie Minecraft: The Story of Mojang.