Markus Persson is a popular computer programmer and designer in the world of games. He has developed a number of games for die-hard game players including MineCraft. In 2014, he was considered as one of the newest and one of the youngest billionaires of the world. Persson was referred to as Notch by his teenage fans in the gaming industry. To know more about Markus Persson and his net worth in 2020, keep reading the following article.
Early Life & Biography:
Markus Alexej Persson was born in Stockholm, Sweden, on June 1, 1979, to his parents Birger and Ritva. He grew up in Edsbyn for seven years before his family moved back to Stockholm.
He began creating games and programming on cowboys and Indians when he entered into his father’s Commodore 128 home computer. At the age of 8 years, he developed his first game which is a text-based adventure game. Even though, he never gets to complete his high school studies he earned a programming job at the age of 18.
On August 13, 2011, Persson married Elin Zetterstrand who is often referred to as Ez in the world of Mine Craft gaming. They broke up one year later and it was officially announced when he changed his status as single on the social networking site named Twitter on August 15, 2012.
Career, Awards & Nominations:
Persson started his career in the year 2005, where he joined as a game developer in King.com. In 2009, he left the company and switched to Jalbum where he worked as a programmer for two years. In the same year, he co-founded a company along with his friend Jakob Porser and named it as Mojang AB.
To concentrate on his own creation of Minecraft gaming he shifted to a part-time job in the Jalbum. In 2010, he quit his job at Jalum to focus completely on Minecraft. Persson launched the game in 2011 where it gained popularity among millions of players.
In the 2012, he starred in a program that is showcasing the growth and formation of Mojang and also the history of Minecraft which is entitled as Minecraft: The Story of Mojang.. In 2014, he released a game named Scrolls that is developed along with Jakoc Porser by using the unity game enigne. Scrolls is all about a strategy collectible card.
In 2011, Persson won three awards at Game Developers Choice Awards for his work in sandbox video game named Minecraft such as Innovation Award, Best Debut Game Award, and Best Downloadable Game Award. He was honored with the Seumas McNally Grand Prize and Audience Award at the Independent Games Festival. In 2012, he was also awarded the Best Downloadable Game Award at the Golden Joystick Awards for his game Minecraft.
Net Worth & Earnings:
The estimated net worth of Persson is more than $1.4 billion. He made all this fortune by becoming the most popular programmer and designer of games. Persson was paid an annual royalty of 42% of the Mojang’s company annual profit. During 2011, 2012, and 2013, he earned a royalty of $56 million, $101 million, and $287 million respectively. He owns a bungalow of 23,000-square-foot luxurious contemporary-style which costs $70 million in Trousdale Estates.
Apart from his programming and designing career, Persson also records and produces electronic music which he releases it under the name of Markus Alexei. He has also been a compatible participant at the Ludum Dare 48-hour game making contests. Times Magazine has listed him on the 100 Most Influential People.