6. Markus Persson
As soon as Markus Persson launched his game Minecraft, he became an instant millionaire. The game was lucky enough to have devoted following even before its official launch due to a very popular tech demo. So as soon as it launched the game took off. Persson has since sold the company to Microsoft making even more off the game than he ever imagined. Today he is estimated to be worth 1.5 billion dollars according to the Bloomberg billionaires index.
7. Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss
As we know from the movie ‘The Social Network’ there was some controversy about whether or not Mark Zuckerberg stole the idea for the popular social media site Facebook from fellow students and twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss. The real-life Winklevoss brothers won a 20 million dollar settlement from Zuckerberg over the dispute they then took part of their settlement money to invest 11 million dollars on the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. Although bitcoins price collapse shortly after, today the price is nearly four times what they originally paid twins are now said to hold 1% of all Bitcoins in existence.
8. Rick Norsigian
Californian painter Rick Norsigian had no idea that when he purchased some photographic prints at a garage sale for he would end up a millionaire. It turned out the collection of glass negatives he bought belonged to a famous nature photographer Ansel Adams worth around 200 million dollars.
9. David Karp
Everyone has heard of Tumblr, right? The website that allows its users to post just about any and be in charge of their own blog. Tumblr creator David Karp may have started the website with his own savings and no investments in, but as soon as the website took off Karp made millions instantly with brands like MTV advertising on the site. The 29-year old now has a net worth of over 200 million dollars.
10. David Gehle
Few overnight millionaires have surprisingly frugal with their new riches. Nebraskan David Gehle one three hundred and sixty-five million dollars from the lottery in 2006. Aside from purchasing a car and a snowblower, Gehle exercised and preached caution in spending. He essentially lived the same life after winning the lottery, with the exception of helping neighbors during the winter.
So, these were 10 people who got really lucky. But there are some who are really unlucky. Check out the story of these people who lost their wealth. They were billionaires once but not anymore. Life has its ups and downs and anything can happen over a night!