Gottfrid Svartholm is a famous Swedish Computer Scientist who is also a co-founder of The Pirate Bay. He is ranked as one of the most popular Computer Scientists worldwide.
Svartholm was convicted in Sweden for hacking and fraud. He was sentenced to two years in prison.
What is the net worth of Gottfrid Svartholm?
Svartholm was born in Sweden on October 17, 1984, and is a computer specialist and hacker. He is best known as co-owner of the web hosting company PRQ and co-founder of the BitTorrent site The Pirate Bay together with Fredrik Neij and Peter Sunde.
He developed the tracker software Hypercube (open-source licensed software) that was used to maintain the Pirate Bay website tracker. He also collaborated with WikiLeaks on the 2010 release of Collateral Murder, a helicopter cockpit gunsight video of a July 2007 airstrike by U.S. forces in Baghdad.
Svartholm was arrested in Cambodia on 30 August 2012 and was deported back to Sweden, where he served two years of jail time in the Mariefred prison. He had been investigated for two alleged instances of hacking, including breaking into the Swedish tax office between 2010 and April 2012, and is suspected of serious fraud. TorrentFreak speculated that his arrest may have been related to a 400 million kronor (at the time, approximately US$59M) two-year “democratic development, human rights, education, and climate change” grant from the Swedish government to the Cambodian government.
Who is Gottfrid Svartholm?
Gottfrid Svartholm is a Swedish computer specialist and hacker. He is the former co-owner of the web hosting company PRQ and co-founder of the BitTorrent site The Pirate Bay together with Fredrik Neij and Peter Sunde.
In 2004, Svartholm started a controversial website, America’s Dumbest Soldiers, which provided a list of deceased US soldiers in the Iraq War and allowed users to rate how “dumb” they were based on the way they died. The page caused controversy because of its inflammatory content.
The website was later removed. In June 2013 Svartholm was arrested in Denmark, where he was accused of stealing millions of personal identification numbers from a police database.
He was convicted of hacking and sent to jail in Sweden. He was released early in August 2013. In the middle of 2013, Svartholm was again arrested, this time in Cambodia, and extradited back to Sweden for trial.
What is Gottfrid Svartholm’s net worth?
Gottfrid Svartholm’s net worth is estimated at as high as $12 million in late 2017. He is a Swedish computer specialist and hacker who co-owns the web hosting company PRQ alongside Fredrik Neij. He is also the co-owner of the BitTorrent site The Pirate Bay.
He is the author of the notorious website Americas Dumbest Soldiers, which provided a list of deceased American soldiers from the Iraq War and asked users to rate the dead soldiers on how “dumb” they were. The site was eventually removed.
He was also involved in The Student Bay, a file-sharing website that specializes in academic texts. In April 2009, the Swedish Prosecutor’s Office investigated Svartholm for his involvement with The Student Bay. The site was reported by the Swedish Association for Educational Writers in December 2008 for copyright infringement.
How much is Gottfrid Svartholm’s net worth?
Gottfrid Svartholm is a Swedish computer programmer with a net worth of about $12 million dollars. He is a co-owner of the web hosting company PRQ and he also co-founded The Pirate Bay along with Fredrik Neij and Peter Sunde.
In 2003, Svartholm founded The Pirate Bay as a part of the Swedish anticopyright group and think tank Piratbyran (Bureau of Piracy). It became a popular platform for sharing audio, video, software, and electronic games.
However, in May 2006, a police raid led to the seizure of equipment from The Pirate Bay. In 2012, Svartholm was arrested in Cambodia and extradited to Sweden where he was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for hacking offenses and fraud.
During his time in prison, Svartholm was involved in a series of criminal investigations including breaking into the Swedish tax office between 2010 and April 2012. In addition to being convicted of hacking offenses, he was found guilty of stealing millions of personal identification numbers from a Danish police database.