Minecraft Creator Notch Outbids Beyonce and Jay-Z For $70m Mansion
Markus "Notch" Persson sets record with highest price paid for a mansion in Beverly Hills.
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Markus "Notch" Persson has purchased a mansion in Beverly Hills, California for $70 million. According to Polygon, the Minecraft creator beat out Beyonce and Jay-Z for the property, which has since been announced by residential brokerage John Aaroe Group as the highest price ever paid for a home in Beverly Hills.
The deal reportedly closed in six days, and included "luxury furnishings" as well as cases of Dom Perignon. The place features a 54-foot automated glass door that opens into an infinity pool with iPad-controlled fountains and a view of the surrounding area, which spans from downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean. Persson has since tweeted a photo of himself in the property, shown below.
Persson owned a 70 percent stake in Sweden-based developer Mojang when it was sold to Microsoft for $2.5 billion in September this year. He would have made approximately $1.75 billion as a result of the deal. Following the sale, Persson, along with chief executive Carl Manneh and co-founder Jakob Porser, departed the company. The deal saw Mojang join other internal Microsoft game studios including 343 Industries (Halo), Black Tusk Studios (Gears of War), Lionhead Studios (Fable), and Turn 10 Studios (Forza).
Microsoft has since stated it will break-even on the $2.5 billion Minecraft in the "FY15 on a GAAP basis."