Minecraft's Markus "Notch" Persson Talks About His Millionaire Status
Markus "Notch" Persson has made a lot of money from Minecraft, but it doesn't seem like it has changed him very much. Persson made $101 million in 2012 and his big expenditure might be a car. He's still thinking about it.
Persson spoke about his wealth on Reddit, responding to a post about the money Minecraft earned last year. Here's his post below:
It's weird as f***. I grew up in a relatively poor family, but once I got a decent job, I never really had to worry about money. My hobbies were playing games and programming, so there wasn't any real drain. I could eat out when I wanted to, and go to the movies without having to save up for it. I still had to save up for trips and to be able to buy computers or consoles, but that just felt normal.
Now, all of the sudden, as a result of how modern society works, I managed to somehow earn a s***-ton of money. I still like playing games and programming, and once I had the latest computer and consoles, there really isn't much more to spend the money on than traveling. I might eventually get a driver's license so I can buy a car.
I think the right way to use money like this is to set a decent portion aside to make sure my family is comfortable, spend some on living out your dreams, and then try to put the rest towards making society a better place. For me, this includes charities that help children, and charities that help promote freedoms I think are vital in the coming dozens of years, such as the EFF.