The saying “There’s nothing in the world so demoralising as money” by Sophocles is more apt to young billionaire Markus Persson aka Notch (36) – founder of the iconic video game company Mojang that went on to develop Minecraft, that was acquired last year by tech giant Microsoft for a whopping $2.5 bn and this event made Persson a billionaire with a net worth of $1.3 bn as per a Forbes listing.
But having earned his billions, a iconic status and $70 mn mansion in Beverly Hills- Markus Persson is not happy. He is lonely and in dire need of ‘normal conversations’ with people who can make him more grounded. Persson , known for hosting extravagant parties at his mansion seems to be not in the pink of things when it comes to ‘happiness’.
Persson in a series of Tweets have revealed his frame of mind and how his billionaire status has disconnected him from mainstream. In one of his tweets he said, “Found a great girl, but she’s afraid of me and my life style and went with a normal person instead”.
In another Tweet he said, “The problem with getting everything is you run out of reasons to keep trying and human interaction becomes impossible due to imbalance.”
Persson made these Tweets on August 29th and he clearly ventilated his angst and debunked the theory that the rich and famous have everything including happiness. It is that tons of money that disconnects them from the society and normal people.
Going by some observations from Psychologists, people who reach such pinnacle of glory in fame and money often times go through this transition phase and end up doing so many things they always wanted to do. Once they run of their ‘Bucket List’ a sense of vacuum sets in as they lose ambition to move forward as they already have everything.
This seems to be happening exactly with Persson and his sense of isolation is aptly captured in an another Tweet that said, “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.”
After his posts went viral, Persson summed in a Tweet saying, “And just venting and not feeling like I had to hide made it feel a bit easier to cope with and went to add, “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.”