Kim Dotcom (43) is an internet entrepreneur who is known for his website Megaupload. He was a techie from a young age and had impeccable skills at hacking computers. Keep reading to know more about Kim Dotcom’s net worth in 2018.
Kim Dotcom Early Life
Kim Dotcom, who changed his name from Kim Schmitz In Kiel was born in West Germany. His father was German while the mother was Finnish. When he was 18, he claimed that he had hacked almost all the secure US websites like NASA and Pentagon.
When he was 20, he was arrested for selling personal phone-calling card information on people that he obtained by hacking a mobile company. Currently, he is called one of the richest internet entrepreneurs.
His most famous creation was a website called Megaupload. It is basically a site where you can store and share your files. Also, you can view and download shared files from others too. Soon people began to upload Movies, TV Series and Music on to the site.
Soon enough the website took 13th place in the list of the most visited website on the internet. Following complaints of internet piracy, Megaupload was shut down in 2012. Kim has put out a statement that he actively made efforts to stop copyright infringement.
Lifestyle And Current Allegations
He lives an extravagant lifestyle style as he owns many luxury cars and yachts. The reason for changing his last name to Dotcom is an homage to the financial bubble that happened in 2005 which made him a millionaire.
On February 20th, 2017, the court of New Zealand ruled that he might be extradited to the US for the charges that are accused against him. The charges include racketeering, money laundering, and wire fraud. He got permanent residence in New Zealand on November 29th,2010.
He stated that he hadn’t done any crimes of the nature accused against him. He is adamant that these charges are a part of the personal grudge that Hollywood film studios have against him. His lawyer is working on the case, and Kim has his lawyer working on the case.
After Megaupload was taken down, Kim started another website called Mega. This is also a cloud storage website, but with the added protection of encryption.
Kim was married to Mona Verga from the year 2009 to 2014. They have five children together, but on May 17th, 2014, he announced that they are separating.
Dotcom has announced that he is going to marry in fiancé in January 2018. Her name is Elizabeth Donnelly.
He was also active in music entertainment as he released an album called “Good Times.” He has also released four singles that were released between the years 2011 to 2016.
Net Worth of Kim Dotcom
The internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has $200 million. The vast majority of his earnings came from the site Megaupload. The website had 180 million registered users. This made the site earn more than 40 million in the year 2011 alone. Therefore it is believed that about $175 million of his $200 million was made from Megaupload. Before he came to New Zealand, he enjoyed life in complete luxury. His luxury cars included a Rolls Royce and a pink Cadillac. His interest also lies in luxury yachts that he charters to travel the world.
In New Zealand, he has leased a helicopter and three luxury cars along with a mansion.
Currently, Dotcom is fighting the charges accused against him. The US wants Dotcom extradited to the US to validate conviction. If Dotcom is convicted on the charges, he is looking at 55 years in prison. All his wealth will be given as compensation to the Hollywood studios. Currently Living at his New Zealand in his mansion.