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Minecraft founder newcomer on Forbes' rich list

A total of 23 people from Sweden were listed at Forbes’ new rich list, including Markus “Notch” Persson, the gaming guru who last year sold his creation “Minecraft” to Microsoft for 2 million dollar

Sweden's richest person was Stefan Persson, the owner of cheap chic fashion retailer H&M, with an estimated fortune of $25.6 Billion.

Hans Rausing, whose father founded packaging giant Tetra Laval, was the second richest Swede with $12.5 Billion.

Markus “Notch” Persson, 35-year-old creator of popular video game “Minecraft” and cofounder of gaming company Mojang, came in at number 1,415 with an estimated fortune of $1.3 Billion.

A total of 290 people were coined dollar billionaires in 2014, taking the number of global billionaires to a record 1,826, according to Forbes magazine’s annual rich list.

From Forbes:

• Stefan Persson is Sweden's richest person by way of global cheap chic fashion retailer H&M (Hennes & Mauritz), where he owns a 28% stake and serves as chairman. His father, Erling Persson, founded the chain in 1947. Stefan was CEO for 16 years until 1998. Son Karl-Johan, also a billionaire, is now in the top job. Two other children, Charlotte Söderström and Tom Persson, are billionaires, as is sister Lottie. Outside of H&M, Persson has been building a portfolio of first class retail property across Europe. Through Ramsbury Property he owns real estate in some of the most glamorous shopping districts in Europe, spanning Oxford Street in London to Via del Corso in Rome and the Champs-Elysée in Paris. In the U.K. he owns the 8,700-acre Savernake Estate in Wiltshire and Linkenholt, the Hampshire village he bought in 2009. He enjoys downhill skiing, tennis and golf.

• Hans Rausing's father founded packaging giant Tetra Laval in 1944. He and his brother Gad inherited the business in 1983, the year their father died. Rausing, who moved to the U.K. in the early 1980s to avoid punitive Swedish taxes, sold his share to Gad for an estimated $7 billion in 1995. The 6'8" tall, Russian speaker and collector of vintage cars now resides on a 900-acre estate in the village of Wadhurst in East Sussex where he breeds deer and wild boar. He also owns land in New Zealand, homes in Barbados and London, and has an investment in Ecolean, a producer of environmentally friendly packaging material. His Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project at the University of London supports research, training, and archiving of disappearing languages. He has also contributed to the British conservative party, while his daughter Sigrid donates to liberal and human rights groups. His daughter-in-law died of a drug overdose in 2012. His drug addict son, Hans-Kristian, hid her body in a bedroom for eight weeks. Hans-Kristian was released from rehab in fall 2013, and has since re-married.

• Markus "Notch" Persson started Minecraft as a hobby project, releasing the title with lego-like graphics on indie game forums while working at Candy Crush maker King Entertainment. When the game gained immediate popularity, Persson left King and eventually formed Mojang in 2010 with friend Jakob Porser. The company sold 1 million copies of Minecraft by January 2011. Today, the game is the most-downloaded computer game of all time, and has sold more than 100 million copies across platforms including PC, iOS, Android, Xbox and PlayStation. In September 2014, Microsoft purchased the Stockholm-based company for $2.5 billion, as Persson, who held a 71% stake, wanted a "clean break" from the pressure of overseeing Mojang. Known online by the nickname "Notch," Persson has criticized corporations like Electronic Arts and Facebook, garnering two million Twitter followers and celebrity status for his candid opinions. The son of a nurse and a railroad worker, he grew up relatively poor. Today he is enjoying life and purchased a $70 million mansion in Los Angeles, the most expensive home ever sold in Beverly Hills.


Last Updated (Tuesday, 03 March 2015 01:27)


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