Minecraft Creator Regrets Being Rich After Selling Company for $2.5 Billion

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Markus Persson, Minecraft creator

For many hard-working video game developers, the idea of building a successful game and/or business and then selling it for millions, if not billions, of dollars would be a dream come true; for Minecraft creator Markus Persson, it’s been misery.

That’s right, while it’s easy to assume that developers who make untold millions from their projects -- let alone just one -- will be happier living the good life rather than coding away from dawn to dusk, 8 am to 11pm, Persson regrets being rich. Back in September of 2014, Microsoft purchased Mojang AB -- the Swedish video game company responsible for Minecraft -- for $2.5 billion, instantly making the Swede and his business partners some of the richest people in the world. Persson didn’t join Microsoft in order to pursue other projects, and with so much money at his disposal, he wasted no time buying an opulent, $70 million Beverly Hills mansion, complete with a 2,500 bottle wine room, a candy room, and 15 bathrooms, among other big ticket luxury items. The big man even hosted crazy parties where guests like Selena Gomez, Skrillex and Tony Hawk sometimes made appearances. However, as he old saying goes, money can’t buy happiness.... In a series of tweets, he indicated that he has never felt more isolated in his life, with his discontent largely stemming from feeling a lack of purpose and the general uneasiness about not having to work. One tweet read...
“The problem with getting everything is you run out of reasons to keep trying, and human interaction becomes impossible due to imbalance.”
Even a party paradise like Ibiza makes him feel lonely...
“Hanging out in ibiza with a bunch of friends and partying with famous people, able to do whatever I want, and I've never felt more isolated.”
Life without a job is apparently not all it’s cut out to be...
“In Sweden, I will sit around and wait for my friends with jobs and families to have time to do shit, watching my reflection in the monitor.”
You’d think girls would be glued to him, but even that’s not the case...
“Found a great girl, but she's afraid of me and my life style and went with a normal person instead.”
With so much money and time on his hands, you’d think he would help out our poor little world or create another stellar video game...
“I would Musk and try to save the world, but that just exposes me to the same type of assholes that made me sell minecraft again.”
After a few back and forth exchanges with his twitter followers and the general public, many of who didn’t feel sorry for him, it seemed Persson came to the understanding that all his feelings are quite normal for those who instantly became rich...
“People who made sudden success are telling me this is normal and will pass. That's good to know! I guess I'll take a shower then!”
Maybe it’s because he’s an extreme introvert trying to live the life of an extrovert that he feels so isolated...
“I really appreciate all the offers to hang and talk and all. As an introvert, new friends is hard to do even when fine, but it means a lot!”
However you look at it, Persson needs to sit down and reflect on what really matters to him in life. We have no doubt that some of his skills and wealth will find his way sooner than later. Frankly, as an introvert myself and a struggling businessman, I would love to be in his shoes. Wouldn’t you?

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