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Minecraft’s Markus Persson moans about being a billionaire. Yes, really.

By NexChange
Lifestyle, 4:01

For mere mortals the idea of reaching billionaire status by creating a product adored by millions is the stuff dreams are made of. Not for Minecraft creator Markus Persson who sold his insanely popular game platform to Microsoft last year for $2.5 billion - giving him a next worth of $1.3 billion, according to Forbes.

He is miserable. For Markus, being in the three comma club is not all that it’s cracked up to be.

Channeling the spirit of the term “first world problems”, the self-made swede recently took to twitter for a spate of poor-me postings about how lonely it is at the top.

Here are some of his top moans:

The problem with getting everything is you run out of reasons to keep trying, and human interaction becomes impossible due to imbalance.
— Markus Persson (@notch) August 29, 2015


Found a great girl, but she's afraid of me and my life style and went with a normal person instead.
— Markus Persson (@notch) August 29, 2015

When we sold the company, the biggest effort went into making sure the employees got taken care of, and they all hate me now. — Markus Persson (@notch) August 29, 2015

Needless to say there were a lot replies showing a mixture of sympathy from fans and friends, and bewilderment from others. But my personal favorite is this....
@notch Why are you feeling sorry for yourself? Sell the $75M mansion, stop all the partying. Do what matters to you. Be a real person. — D Webster (@DWebster2008) August 29, 2015

Not so much for comment itself but for the reply it got:

@DWebster2008 Nah, the mansion has a pool.

— Markus Persson (@notch) August 29, 2015

Yeah, it is difficult to feel sympathy for a billionaire - really difficult. But then again Persson is not the only example of a brooding billionaire. If it teaches us anything, its that the pursuit of success can often be more enjoyable than lifting up the actual prize.
Photo: MarLeah Cole

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