Gaming Has a New Billionaire
Victor Kislyi joins the ranks of the super-rich.
The video game industry has a new billionaire in its ranks, it appears. Bloomberg reports today that Victor Kislyi, founder and CEO of Cyprus-based World of Tanks developer Wargaming, has a net worth of $1 billion.
Kislyi declined to confirm this number, but told the publication that he lives a "very modest" lifestyle and is not one to "put a number" on the fortune he's amassed as leader Wargaming.
The company itself is reportedly valued at $1.5 billion. Kislyi controls 64 percent of the business directly and also has his father's 25.5 percent stake.
According to Bloomberg, Wargaming has a network of 150 million users across the globe. The studio is best known for its free-to-play game World of Tanks, which is monetized through optional add-on content. The company is also behind the upcoming Master of Orion reboot.
The full Bloomberg profile on Kisyli is a good read, packed with interesting insight into his life and various investments, among other things.
Persson, who sold Mojang and the Minecraft franchise to Microsoft in September 2014 for $2.5 billion, was believed to have owned 70 percent of shares in Mojang. In his post-Mojang life, Persson outbid Jay-Z and Beyonce for a $70 million Beverly Hills mansion and threw one heck of a housewarming party.
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