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The Billionaire’s Conundrum: Achieving Happiness

Perhaps money can’t buy happiness after all. Minecraft creator and billionaire Markus “Notch” Persson revealed over the weekend that he is extremely depressed and dissatisified with his life. This may come as a surprise to anyone who’s ever struggled to make ends meet.

In September 2014, Persson sold Minecraft for $2.5 billion.With his newly acquired sudden wealth he purchased a Beverly Hills mansion for $70 million, outbidding celebrity power couple Beyonce and Jay Z. Despite his massive wealth, he still struggles with feelings of isolation, depression and unhappiness.

Over the weekend on Twitter, Persson opened up in a series of emotional tweets. “The problem with getting everything is you run out of reasons to keep trying, and human interaction becomes impossible due to imbalance,” he wrote.

Read more about Persson’s struggles on CNN: The Melancholy Billionaire: Minecraft Creator Unhappy With His Sudden Wealth.


About the Sudden Wealth Financial Advisor

Robert Pagliarini, PhD, CFP®, EA has over 26 years of financial planning and investment management for the suddenly wealthy. Robert is a CFP® Ambassador, one of only 50 in the country, and a real fiduciary. He authored the book The Sudden Wealth Solution: 12 Principles to Transform Sudden Wealth Into Lasting Wealth in hopes to help those deal with sudden wealth and the emotions that come along with it. In addition to his Ph.D. in financial and retirement planning, he earned a Master's in Psychology to better understand and be equipped when helping clients manage a windfall. He has helped clients from across the United States who have received a windfall from an inheritance, lawsuit settlement, business sale, stock options, sports and entertainment contracts to make sense of their sudden wealth. When he is not helping the suddenly wealthy, you can find him writing personal finance books and articles for Forbes. If you're needing help managing wealth, contact Robert directly.

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