San Francisco based Forbes contributor Oliver Chiang picks up on this fall’s oddest Hollywood press release. Entitled “Club NEVERDIE Virtual Asteroid Sells for World Record $635,000,” it detailed how actor-turned-entrepreneur Jon Jacobs (pictured) turned a $100,000 2005 investment in the online gaming world Entropia Universe into a whopping 2010 resale.
Make no mistake, Jacobs isn’t your stereotypical gamer geek… He deals with movie and music moguls, running a business out of a 6,900 square-foot office in the heart of Hollywood, in the historic El Capitan Theatre… Jacobs has a penchant for flamboyant dress. He has his own theme song.
In the real-cash world of Entropia Universe, Jacobs’ Club Neverdie, located on an asteroid near Planet Calypso, had become THE hot ticket destination. He was able to sell it piece-meal to some folks for such a huge sum because it generates an annual income of $200,000.
The Chiang Forbes article touches on some other elements of Jacobs’ colorful past, including dad’s Harry Potter lawsuit and a VR film pitch made to Jean-Claude Van Damme. Jacobs is already busy with a new online gaming world mega-project, ROCKtropia, funded with $6 million of private seed money.