MegaUpload Crime Boss

By Xah Lee. Date:

So, recently FBI bursted the file sharing site MegaUpload. Here's some juicy info i gathered.

He's got 18 expensive cars, Mercedes-Benzes, a pink 1959 Cadillac, [ Maserati GranCabrio ] [ ], [ Lamborghini ] [ ], [ Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé ] [é ], …, totalling estimated $4.9M.

Here's a 6 min video intro. [ youtube video deleted ]
«TV3 News report on Megaupload's Kim Dotcom on the day of his arrest in Auckland New Zealand»

Kim Dotcom Mansion at Coatesville, Auckland, New Zealand

Here's the mansion he lives in. The mansion is Worth $24 million.

kim dotcom mansion Coatesville Auckland New Zealand
USD$24M mansion, at Coatesville, Auckland, New Zealand. [Google Map][ ] image source
kim dotcom house
«This aerial shot shows Kim Dotcom's house in Coatesville, northwest of Auckland, New Zealand on Friday, Jan. 20, 2012.» (Natalie Slade / NZ Herald / AP) image source
Megaupload Hong Kong office
Megaupload Hong Kong office. image source

According to «$12,000: The alleged cost per day of the Hong Kong luxury hotel room hosting Megaupload's main office.»

Some excerpts from Wikipedia:

In 2001, Schmitz purchased $375,000 worth of shares of the nearly bankrupt company and subsequently announced his intention to invest EUR 50 million in the company. Unknown to others, Schmitz did not have the funds available to invest, although the announcement caused the share value of to jump by nearly 300%. Schmitz quickly sold the shares and profited $1.5 million as a result.

MegaUpload logo.
Megaupload bosses Bram van der Kolk-Finn Batato-Mathias Ortmann-Kim Dotcom
Megaupload bosses, left to right: Bram van der Kolk, Finn Batato, Mathias Ortmann, Kim Dotcom. image source

On 21 March 2005, Schmitz founded Megaupload Limited, a Hong Kong-based file hosting and sharing business that eventually became the 13th most popular site on the internet[23] with over 150 employees, US $175 million revenues,[24] 50 million visitors daily,[23] and estimated to be responsible at its peak for 4% of all internet traffic.[23][25]

Megaupload site FBI banner
Megaupload site screenshot on .