At 330 pounds and standing a reported 6 foot 7 inches tall, Kim Dotcom is impossible to overlook! Born in Kiel, Germany in 1974, Kim Dotcom/Kim Schmitz is claimed to have a net worth of over $200 million.
This German computer programmer turned businessman, is none other than the co-founder of the recently shut down infamous file sharing website called Megaupload.com.
After 31 days spent in jail, Kim Dotcom, (AKA Kim Schmitz) was granted bail on Feb 22 by a New Zealand judge.
Kim co-founded Megaupload Limited on 21 March 2005.This web site which was hosted in Hong Kong achieved the ranking of the 13th most popular site on the internet. Megaupload and it’s affiliated web sites had 153 employees, US $175 million revenues, over 50 million visitors daily, and at its peak was estimated to be responsible for 4% of all internet traffic.
Dotcom’s playboy lifestyle as one of the world’s biggest Internet pirates was exposed in January after a raid by police on his home in New Zealand. Prior to his arrest, Dotcom retreated to an electronically locked “safe room” in his sprawling home in Auckland, Dotcom Mansion.
Banking authorities have now frozen over $8.9-million in various accounts. Police seized 19 exotic vehicles valued at $5.7-million, including a Rolls-Royce Phantom coupe a Lamborghini, multiple Ferraris and a pink 1959 Cadillac, as well as art and electronic equipment.
Many of the cars sported vanity licence plates — the one on the Rolls was “God,” while an AMG Mercedes carried “Hacker” and another was labelled “Mafia.”
He is currently facing a potential 45 year prison sentence for operating Megaupload.com. Megaupload has allegedly cost the entertainment industry over $500 million in damages from pirated content being uploaded and shared through the site. If convicted, not only could he spend decades behind bars, but he may also be forced to hand over $175 million in ill-gotten profits.
Before his arrest, Dotcom/Schmitz lived a life that any man on earth would envy. He owned a fleet of expensive high performance cars, yachts, private jets and one of the most expensive houses in New Zealand that cost a reported $29 million.
The Megaupload business’ domain names were seized and the sites shut down by the U.S. Justice Department on 19 January 2012, following their indictment and arrests of the owners for allegedly operating as an organization dedicated to copyright infringement.
On January 19, 2012, Kim Schmitz, Mathias Ortman, Finn Batato and Bram van der Kolk were arrested in Coatesville, Auckland, New Zealand, by New Zealand authorities.
On January 24th, 2012 it was revealed that Schmitz had been the number one Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 player in the entire world. His record was eclipsed a week after his arrest by an unknown video gamer going by the name Azaros.
For the time being, Kim’s jet set life of lavish celebrity parties and travelling the world with Playboy bunnies now remains on hold as awaits his trial under house arrest.
Only $29 million for this Luxury: Kim Dotcom’s property in Coatesville, near Auckland, New Zealand, which was raided Jan 29th 2012 as part of the operation against the founder and executives of file-sharing site Megaupload.com.
Looks even better from the Sky: An aerial shot of this enormous property which is regarded as New Zealand’s most expensive home.
Kim Dotcom’s Lambo: During the January raid at Kim’s mansion, authorities seized this beautiful blue Lamborghini plus an additional $5 million worth of luxury cars.
Confiscated: Several top end exotic cars including a collection of Mercedes vehicles were removed from the Schmitz’s home as well on Jan 19th 2012.
Hanging out at the Big House: Megaupload executive Bram van der Kolk, left, Finn Batato, second from left, Mathias Ortmann and founder, and CEO Kim Dotcom, right, appear in North Shore District Court in Auckland, New Zealand.
‘Kim Dotcom’ celebrates taking the world’s number one position in a video released in early January 2012.
Kim Dotcom – going under the online alias Megaracer – took the world’s number one position on New Year’s Eve this year. He has scored more than 180,000 kills on Modern Warfare 3.
Millionaire and Video Game Champ: Game site owner of Zynga, Marc Pincus commented that “Mr Dotcom’s hard-won number 1 position was also quite ironic – Modern Warfare 3 is considered to be the most-pirated video game of all time.”
Kim Dotcom – also known as Kim Schmitz – has recently fallen from being the world’s number 1 ranked Modern Warfare 3 player since his New Zealand arrest on internet piracy charges related to his file-trading site Megaupload. Playing under the alias Megaracer, he is still ranked at number 2, with an impressive 180,980 kills and a mere 86,241 deaths under his belt.
Modern Warfare 3 – grossed over $400 million within 24 hours of it’s launch, and has an estimated 13.7 million players worldwide – so ranking number 1 is no small feat!