Markus Persson sold his video game company, Mojang, to Microsoft for $2.5 billion last September—a sale spurred by the enormous popularity of Minecraft, Mojang’s building-block adventure game.
Persson, 35, a Swede known universally among gamers as “Notch”, put some of that haul into a new place in December 2014. The 23,000-square-foot Beverly Hills mansion, built on spec, has a movie theatre, eight bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, place settings by Roberto Cavalli and a car showroom. (A scarily accurate depiction of how it would look in Persson’s game is shown above.) It’s the priciest home ever sold in Beverly Hills. Among the bidders were Jay Z and Beyoncé, whose $70 million offer Persson matched, with one key sweetener: He agreed to pay cash. John Aaroe Group, the luxury broker that repped Persson, noted afterward that “cases of Dom Pérignon were part of the deal”. Jay Z recently acquired the Armand de Brignac champagne brand; that little detail must have really burst his bubble.
(This story appears in the 03 April, 2015 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)