Minecraft Creator Joins Forbes Billionaire List

With a net worth of $1.3 billion, Markus "Notch" Persson joins the ranks of the super-rich.

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Business magazine Forbes has published its 2015 list of the world's billionaires, and one newcomer has ties to video games.

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Markus "Notch" Persson, who sold Mojang and the Minecraft franchise to Microsoft in September for $2.5 billion, joins the ranks of the super-rich with an estimated net worth of $1.2 billion. Notch is believed to have owned 70 percent of shares in Mojang, yielding a major payday when the deal went through.

Persson bought a $70 million Beverly Hills mansion earlier this year, outbidding power couple Jay-Z and Beyonce. He later threw one heck of a housewarming party. Another recent Forbes story reveals that Persson is known to spend as much as $180,000 per night during trips to Las Vegas.

According to Forbes, Bill Gates is yet again the richest person in the world, a title he's held for 16 of the past 21 years. His total fortune is $79.2 billion, up $3.2 billion since last year. Check out the full Forbes list here.

In other recent Minecraft news, a recent report claimed that Activision Blizzard and Electronic Arts both attempted to buy the franchise before Microsoft ultimately won out.

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