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Kim Dotcom

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Kim Dotcom
Dotcom in 2014
Kim Schmitz

(1974-01-21) January 21, 1974 (age 50)[1]
  • Germany
  • Finland
Other namesKimble, Kim Tim Jim Vestor
EducationMiddle school
Years active2005 - present
Known forFounder and CEO of Megaupload, Mega and Kimble
Political partyInternet Party (2014–2018)
Mona Verga
(m. 2009; div. 2014)

Elizabeth Donnelly
(m. 2018)
WebsiteOfficial website

Kim Dotcom (born Kim Schmitz; 21 January 1974), also known as Kimble and Kim Tim Jim Vestor, is a German-Finnish Internet entrepreneur and political activist. He lives in Queenstown, New Zealand. Dotcom is the founder of the former file hosting service Megaupload (2005–2012). In 2012, the United States Department of Justice seized Megaupload and pressed charges against Dotcom. The charges included criminal copyright infringement, money laundering, racketeering and wire fraud. His house was raided and New Zealand police arrested him. Dotcom posted bail, and is now going through long legal issues to stop himself from being extradited to the United States.[2] He started another service, Mega, in 2013. He left Mega in 2015.

Dotcom started and funded the New Zealand political party, the Internet Party in 2014. The party's registration was cancelled in 2018.[3]

Dotcom was born in Kiel, West Germany. His mother was Finnish, and his father was German. He changed his surname from "Schmitz" to "Dotcom" in 2005. He has been married twice, and has five children.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. Kitteridge, Rebecca (8 July 2014). "Official Information Act Request: Mr Dotcom" (PDF). New Zealand Security Intelligence Service. p. 8.
  2. Farivar, Cyrus (18 January 2015). "Why Kim Dotcom hasn't been extradited 3 years after the US smashed Megaupload". Ars Technica. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  3. "Cancellation of party registration". New Zealand Electoral Commission. 12 June 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  4. Ernesto (25 March 2012). "Kim Dotcom becomes proud dad of twin girls". TorrentFreak. Retrieved 3 April 2019.

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