Meet Kim Dotcom, The Hacker Playboy Behind Megaupload’s Alleged ‘International Criminal Enterprise’

Kim Dotcom

As the Megaupload shutdown and indictment has played out, one man has gotten more attention than anyone else.

That would be Kim Dotcom, formerly Kim Schmitz, the German founder of Megaupload.

The FBI’s indictment accuses Dotcom and others of being part of a criminal group called “Mega Conspiracy” and that they ran an “international criminal enterprise.”

Excluding Megaupload, Dotcom has a long history of criminal activities, including hacking, embezzlement and insider trading. He’s also a known street-racer and playboy, and has two other aliases, Kimble and Kim Tim Jim Vestor.

So who is Kim Dotcom?

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title=”Kim Dotcom was born in Germany. According to British paper The Telegraph, he’s 6 foot 7 inches tall, weighs over 300 pounds, and is 37 years old.”
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title=”The first evidence of Dotcom’s career can be traced back to 1998, when he was convicted of trading stolen credit card numbers and given a suspended two-year jail sentence.”
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title=”Supposedly having made his fortune with what he called “the startup factory,” kimvestor.com, his next brush with the law came in 2001, when he acquired the borderline insolvent LetsBuyIt.com, pledged to funnel 50 million euros into it, and sold it off when the shares soared. Dotcom was convicted in a German court of insider trading.”
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title=”Along the way, Dotcom posted photos of his opulent lifestyle to website Kimble.org, which has since disappeared. Fortunately, New Zealand TV station 3News compiled the images.”
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title=”Dotcom created a reputation for himself as a playboy millionaire, and despite an embezzlement charge, he started Megaupload in 2005.”
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title=”Calling it a “cyber locker” for people to store files online, Dotcom quickly became reviled by Hollywood and the recording industry for the illegal content hosted on Megaupload. Industry execs reportedly called him “Dr. No” and “Dr. Evil,” names that he embraced.”
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title=”Aside from his reputation as a hacker and businessman, Dotcom had a love of fast cars. Here’s a video of him street-racing in the Gumball 3000″
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title=”He also has a number of preposterous cars, including Mercedes Benz, Rolls Royce, and Ferraris. One has a licence plate that supposedly reads, “God.””
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title=”Dotcom now lives in New Zealand and Hong Kong, though he’s a dual citizen of Finland and Germany. He’s attracted attention in NZ for two things: his enormous, $30 million mansion—”
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title=”And an extravagant fireworks show he put on for Auckland. The fireworks cost $500,000, and he watched from a helicopter.”
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title=”According to an article in the New Zealand Herald, police seized $6 million in cars — including 15 Mercedes Benz — and $10 million in cash during the raid on Dotcom. More than $100 million has been seized from Megaupload worldwide.”
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title=”Although Megaupload spokespeople have denied any connection to Dotcom in the past, they then said Dotcom had learned from mistakes and is the married father of three children. They also said he is a shareholder, but not involved in day-to-day decisions. AP called him Megaupload’s “chief intelligence officer.””
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title=”Dotcom now awaits trial in New Zealand. He’s being held without bail by New Zealand, which worked with the FBI to net him and three other Megaupload execs. Two more accused remain at large. They face up to “a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison on racketeering charges, five years for conspiracy to commit copyright infringement, 20 years on money laundering and five years on related charges.””
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