Swedish billionaire Markus “Notch” Persson programmed his father’s home computer at the age of seven and created his first game at eight. He went on to create Minecraft, the hugely popular game with millions of young players worldwide.
Notch stroke gold when he sold his gaming company, Mojang, to Microsoft in September for around $2.5 billion, of which an estimated $1.75 billion went into Notch’s pockets.
Earlier this year he bought the most expensive condo of its size is his hometown of Stockholm, Sweden and now he has reportedly outbid music moguls Beyonce and Jay-Z for what his broker calls a “fantasy estate” in Beverly Hills at the record price of $70 million.
“Marcus fell in love with the house, its sleek contemporary design and its spectacular panoramic views that sweep from downtown L.A. to the Pacific Ocean,” John Aaroe Group Realtor Katia De Los Reyes said in a statement. “The fact that the house also was completely furnished in such great style was another major selling point for him.”
Notch today also tweeted out a picture of himself sitting in the mansion with his feet up overlooking the “candy room” which is just one of the over-the-top decorating details of the house.
— Markus Persson (@notch) December 18, 2014
It also includes vodka and tequila bars, an 18-foot onyx dining room table for 24 that includes place settings by Roberto Cavalli at a cost of $3,700 each, a chromed Ma Deuce machine gun and 15 bathrooms all equipped with Toto Neorest toilets at a price of $5,600 each.
“I have been in the business for over 30 years and have never seen the level of growth that the luxury market has experienced in the past year, with no end in sight,” said John Aaroe, CEO of John Aaroe Group.
But LA is also where gaming giants such as EA and Activison are headquartered as well as many interesting new mobile gaming start-ups such as Scopely and SGN.
So what are Notch’s LA plans He says he wants to focus on “small web experiments,” whether that means developing, investing or advising remains to be seen.
Either way, welcome to town!