Minecraft creator beats Beyonce in mansion bid

Minecraft creator beats Beyonce in mansion bid
Markus Persson created hit game Minecraft. Photo: TT
UPDATED: Swedish billionaire Markus Persson is reported to have outbid the likes of Jay-Z and Beyonce with his half billion kronor offer ($70 million) for a 2,000-square-metre Beverly Hills mansion.

The tremendously successful video game creator earned the exclusive set of keys to the phenomenal property after a bidding war with four other potential buyers in what is reportedly the most expensive house sale ever in Beverly Hills.

The self-proclaimed “nerdy computer programmer” from humble beginnings acquired the massive property with features such as a candy room, car showroom, vodka and tequila bars, eight bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, apartment-sized closets, and a movie theater.

According to a press release from John Aaroe Group, the agency which represented 35-year old Persson in the deal, it is the highest price ever paid for a house in Beverly Hills. Persson quickly decided he wanted the home, paid all cash, and closed the sale in a speedy six days.

A listing for the mega-mansion appearing back in August referred to the property as “an overwhelming sensory experience unlike any you've felt before” – and asked for $85 million.

BELOW: Take a video tour of the apartment 

1181 N Hillcrest Rd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 from Tri-Blend Media on Vimeo.

Past and present neighbors on Persson’s new exclusive Trousdale Estates neighbourhood street include Jennifer Aniston, Ellen DeGeneres, Oakley founder Jim Jannard, and Ringo Starr.

The contemporary-style home includes a glass wall providing a 280-degree view of the city and Pacific Ocean and comes completely furnished – Hermès chairs and Roberto Cavalli sheets included. 

The video game designer became a billionaire in September when he sold his company Mojang to Microsoft for 18 billion kronor ($2.5 billion), announcing at the time that he had never intended to make such a fortune

“I make games because it’s fun, and because I love games and I love to program, but I don’t make games with the intention of them becoming huge hits.”

Persson also publicly voiced his views vis-a-vis his growing heaps of cash last year on Reddit, saying “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.” 

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