Markus “Notch” Persson is a Swedish video game developer and the creator of the popular game Minecraft. Notch was born in Stockholm in 1979, and he later studied at the Royal Institute of Technology. He began his career as a programmer for a small game development studio, but he eventually left to create his own games. In 2009, he released Minecraft, which quickly became a global phenomenon. To date, the game has sold over 180 million copies and has been adapted into a variety of different media. Notch remains an active developer, and he currently runs his own game studio, Mojang AB. He is also one of the richest people in Sweden, with an estimated net worth of $2.4 billion.