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Minecraft creator buys Beverly Hills home for $70 million

Hot Property: Markus Persson
Minecraft creator Markus Persson beat out Jay Z and Beyoncé, among other interested parties, for the 23,000-square-foot trophy home.
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Swedish billionaire Markus Persson has bought the Beverly Hills spec mansion built by handbag tycoon Bruce Makowsky for $70 million.

The purchase included all the bells and whistles used to stage the home, including the furnishings and electronics – even cases of Dom Perignon in the 2,500-bottle wine room.

Located on a knoll, the 23,000-square-foot home features an automated 54-foot curved glass door that opens the living room to an infinity pool with iPad-controlled fountains and panoramic views. 

There are vodka and tequila bars, a $200,000 candy room, an 18-seat tiered screening room and an 18-foot onyx dining room table for 24 that includes place settings by Roberto Cavalli at a cost of $3,700 each. 


Artwork includes a replica of James Dean’s motorcycle and a chromed Ma Deuce machine gun. The home has eight bedrooms and 15 bathrooms.

A black-tile and mirrored garage has a lift to move cars down to the lower lounge level where they create a museum-like display behind glass on one side of the room.

Persson, 35, sold his company, Mojang, to Microsoft for $2.5 billion this past September. “Notch,” as he is known in the gaming community, created Minecraft, which has a worldwide following.

Among those considering the home were superstars Jay Z and Beyoncé, who toured it multiple times.


Ben Bacal of Rodeo Realty and Branden Williams and Rayni Romito of Hilton & Hyland/Christie’s International Real Estate were the listing agents. Sally Forster Jones and Katia De Los Reyes of John Aaroe Group represented Persson.

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