Opinion

Nerd is the Word: Billionaire says life is lonely with money

THE argument that money doesn't lead to happiness was reignited when the billionaire behind Minecraft, Markus Persson, complained money had left him lonely and lacking in motivation.

His computer game became a hit around the world, so much so that Minecraft merchandise can be bought in most department stores.

Minecraft is all about creating and demolishing things using blocks, from sky fortresses to complex underground pathways. It's an open world incorporating different terrains.

The creator sold the game to Microsoft about a year ago for $2.5 billion and he announced on Twitter recently that "the problem with getting everything is you run out of reasons to keep trying".

Well, I've developed a list of things Mr Persson could do with his extra cash:

  • It's Christmas and sadly there are many families out there struggling to even put food on their tables. Make a donation the average person couldn't afford. Maybe an iPad for their teenage son or daughter.
     
  • Start businesses in areas you're passionate about, Mr Persson! You obviously have good ideas!
     
  • Visit schools or universities and inspire young people to reach their goals.
     
  • Buy a holiday home and invite people in need to stay there and recuperate for a week, for free.
     
  • Donate, donate donate! To lots of charities.
     
  • Keep working. Not for the money, but because you love what you do.

The biggest leaders in tech always come to the same conclusion.

When you have all the money in the world, the only viable thing left to do is to give it away.

Take Mark Zuckerberg, for example - he donated 99% of his Facebook shares to further human advancement.

Topics:  billionaire, minecraft, money, nerd is the word, rich




Local rugby team dons pink at Jodie's charity day

The Marist Brothers Rams wore pink to support Jodie McRae (centre) and her charity, Jodie's Inspiration, at the Rugby League Football Club Day on the weekend.

Marist Brothers help Jodie's Inspiration raise money for hospitals.

Kicking the TinCAN art show to help the elderly

CATCHING A TRAIN TO MOROCCO: This was one of the entries in the Tintenbar Art Show's photographic competition. Photo Contributed

The Tintenbar Art Show is on again over September

Fun time to run after the Olympics are over

FINISHED WELL: Runners in the Greater Casino Fun Run cross the line last year. Photo Samantha Elley / Express Examiner

Starlight Children's Foundation to benefit from fun run

Latest deals and offers

WATCH: News reader tries her hand at hardcore shooter, Doom

Veteran journo and noob gamer takes a shot at Doom

What's on the small screen this week

MasterChef Australia's final four contestants, from left, Harry Foster, Elena Duggan, Elise Franciskovic and Matt Sinclair.

MASTERCHEF makes way for The Bachelor on Ten's reality TV slate.

Splendour found The Cure

Robert Smith at the Splendour in the Grass Amphitheatre stage during The Cure's show.

Day two of Splendour in the Grass

Guy Sebastian a hit at Splendour in the Grass

Guy Sebastian performs at Splendour in the Grass with Paces.

REALITY TV judge a hit with festival crowd.

Splendour revellers cool down with giant poo emoji

The Mr Poopie sculpture at Splendour in the Grass.

Mr Poopie sculpture is inspired by the ice cream/poop emoticon.

Superheroes of the big screen enjoy sounds of Splendour

CHRIS Hemsworth and his Avengers mates drop by Byron festival.

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

Massive residential 9-storey high-rise hit by delays

An artist’s impression of the eight-storey-high apartment complex that Bernoth Holdings wants to build in South Toowoomba, next to the City Golf Club.

Developer struggles to get approved high-rise development started