Gottfrid Svartholm Net Worth

February 4, 2023
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Per Gottfrid Svartholm Warg was born on 17th October 1984, in Sweden, and is a computer specialist and hacker, also known as the co-owner of the webhosting company PRQ and co-owner of the BitTorrent site The Pirate Bay together with Fredrik Neij. He also programmed the tracker software hypercube (open source licensed software) that was used to maintain the Pirate Bay website tracker.

How rich is the computer specialist and hacker? It has been estimated by authoritative sources that the overall size of Gottfrid Svartholm’s net worth is as much as $12 million, as of the data presented in late 2017. Business and IT are the major sources of Svartholm’s wealth.

Gottfrid Svartholm Net Worth $12 Million

Svartholm launched the website Americas Dumbest Soldiers in February 2004, on which dead American soldiers from the Iraq war were shown, and users were able to rate the stupidity of the way these soldiers died on a scale of 1 to 10. The US Foreign Office asked that the page be taken off the web, but with reference to freedom of speech, the request was rejected. However, in May 2004 Svartholm removed the page, because it caused too much venom.

In the summer of 2003, Gottfried Svartholm together with Peter Sunde and Fredrik Neij, had founded the file sharing website The Pirate Bay. He also developed the Bit Torrent Tracker software Hypercube. In 2008, the Pirate Bay operators Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij, Gottfried Svartholm and Carl Lundström were charged with having allegedly infringed copyright laws. Svartholm and his co-defendants were found guilty by the Stockholm District Court of providing aid for the distribution of copyright protected material, and were sentenced to one year’s imprisonment, and damages of about $3.3 million. The defendants’ lawyers and demanded a renegotiation because of the suspicion of the prejudice of Judge Thomas Nostrom, who was active in two organizations working to protect the copyright process. According to Swedish law, the judgments are not legally binding until all appeals had been passed.

In April 2009, Svartholm was the subject of investigations by the Swedish Prosecutor’s Office, into his role at The Student Bay, a file-sharing site specializing in academic texts. Svartholm claimed not to have any knowledge of the site, reported by the Association for Educational Writers in December 2008 for copyright infringement. In October 2009, the Stockholm District Court of Svartholm forbade the operation of The Pirate Bay, although he was no longer living in Sweden, and the Pirate Bay was no longer based there. In 2009, Svartholm was convicted of copyright infringements, and sentenced to a one year prison sentence and damages in millions.

In 2012 Svartholm was arrested by the Cambodian police in the capital Phnom Penh, where he had lived for several years, and extradited to Sweden, where he served his prison sentence in the Mariefred prison.

In the middle of 2013 Svartholm was suspected of stealing millions of personal identification numbers from a police database in Denmark. Svartholm was convicted in Swedish Nacka for hacking and fraud and sentenced to two years in prison. His condemnation triggered numerous reactions; nearly 2000 people demand his release on the Facebook page Free Anakata. He was sent to Denmark as a prisoner, where he was tried for a hacking attack on CSC. After serving the combined prison sentence in Denmark, which is possible due to the close legal cooperation between the two countries, he was released from custody on 28th August 2015, and immediately arrested again because Sweden had submitted a request for extradition in June on the ground that he was in Sweden another four weeks. The request had not been notified.

Finally, in the personal life of Gottfrid Svartholm, he is believed to be single.

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