Notch Made Over $100 Million on Minecraft in 2012
Markus "Notch" Persson make 640 Million SEK or roughly $101 Million USD in 2012 in licensing fees from the hit game, Minecraft.
Notch stated on Reddit, "It's weird as fuck... 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 shit-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."
Also of note, Notch has given $250,000 to the cause of reforming software patents. In 2012 he gave the $3 million in Mojang dividends he earned back to its employees.