Kim Dotcom’s 25,000sq ft Mansion
At the peak of Kim Dotcom’s success, he lived in a leased 25,000sq ft (2,375m²) mega-mansion in New Zealand. Located at 186 Mahoenui Valley Road, Coatesville, New Zealand, the 12 bed, 9 bath estate was listed for sale in 2017.
Luxury Cars Inside Kim Dotcom’s Garage
Before the New Zealand government raided Dotcom’s residence and seized all of his assets, Kim Dotcom enjoyed the finest luxury automobiles money could buy. Born in Germany, it’s understandable why Kim Dotcom had a particular affinity for Mercedes-Benz.
After the raid, the public got a full display of every car in his garage as they were trucked out on big-rig trailers and flat-bed tow-trucks. As the procession exited the estate, we noted the following vehicles:
- Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe – License plate: “GOD”
- Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG – License plate: “MAFIA”
- Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG – License plate: “WANTED”
- Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG – License plate: “HACKER”
- Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG – Licence plat: “KIM.COM”
- Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG SUV – License plate: “POLICE”
- Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG – License plate: “CEO”
- 2 Mini Cooper Clubmans
- Pink Thunderbird
- Toyota Hilux
- 3 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMGs – License plates: “GOOD” “AND” “EVIL”
- and many more, but those listed above are most notable.
The Rise and Fall of Kim Dotcom
Kim Dotcom (formerly Kim Schmitz) is one of the most infamous internet outlaws of the modern century. In the 1990s, during his rise to fame in Europe as an internet genius who could virtually hack into any system, starting a cyber-security company after his first fraud conviction. While Kim is undoubtedly intelligent, his web smarts have gotten him into a lot of trouble over the years.
Born in Kiel, Germany in the 1974, Kim Dotcom had an interest in computers and internet technology at a young age. During his teen years, he hacked into major security systems in the United States while still living in Germany. He was ultimately arrested in 1994 when he was caught selling phone cards that he had acquired fraudulently. During and after his 1994 arrest, he’s been charged several times for copyright infringement, embezzlement and insider trading. Despite his extensive history with international law enforcement, Dotcom’s antics have brought about both good and bad. Because of his work, there are better security systems set in place to protect our data. There’s also more conversation about internet and data security, both locally and globally.
Dotcom made a run for office in New Zealand with the Internet Party. Although Dotcom funneled millions into his campaign, he lost to the incumbent, formally closing the doors of the Internet Party in 2014. Dotcom has since divorced his wife, after striking a deal with New Zealand government that he stop all political action in return for dismissal of his lengthly list of alleged crimes.