Gottfrid Svartholm Net worth – Does Being A Computer Genius Pay Off?

Gottfrid Svartholm is a Swedish computer specialist and hacker who was born on July 17, 1984. He was the former co-owner of a web hosting company PRQ and also co-founded Pirate Bay.

Gottfrid Svartholm Net Worth

In the most recent data, Gottfrid Svartholm is estimated to have a net worth of $12 million. He got most of his earnings from his businesses and other software and programs he created. 

Aside from co-owning PRQ and co-founding the file-sharing website Pirate Bay with  Fredrik Neij and Peter Sunde, Gottfrid Svartholm also created the open-source tracker software Hypercube. In 2004, he started the website America’s Dumbest Soldiers.

Personal Life

Gottfrid Svartholm, born Per Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, is a Swedish programmer. There’s not much information on the Internet about the hacker’s personal life but it is believed that her mother’s name is Kristina Svartholm. 

Professional Career

Gottfrid Svartholm, also known as Anakata, is the mind behind Pirate Bay. It was founded in 2003 and it’s a site where people can share files and other media. On May 31, 2006, the Swedish police confiscated Pirate Bay servers due to copyright issues.

In 2004, he made the website called America’s Dumbest Soldiers. This website listed the names of deceased US soldiers in the Iraq War. The users of the site were asked to rate how dumb the soldiers were depending on the way they died. The US Foreign Office asked for the site to be taken down. In May 2004, Svartholm deleted it.

The people behind Pirate Bay including Gottfrid Svartholm Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neil, and Carl Lundström were charged with copyright infringement laws in 2008. The Stockholm District Court found them guilty of distributing copyright-protected materials. 

They were sentenced to one-year imprisonment, and fined an estimate of $3.3 million in damages on April 17, 2009, after a long trial. Although their lawyers appealed their case due to the grounds that the judge, Thomas Nostrom, was active in two organizations campaigning for the copyright process, their sentence still remained.

For a long time after that, Gottfrid Svartholm lived overseas. In 2012, Svartholm was arrested by the Cambodian police in the nation’s capital Phnom Penh where he stayed. He was then extradited to Sweden. He served his prison sentence in the Mariefred prison.

Svartholm appeared in the 2013 documentary TPB AFK (The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard). In mid-2013, the programmer allegedly stole millions of personal identification numbers in Denmark from a national police database owned by Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC).

After this, he was extradited to Denmark and sentenced to three and a half years in prison on October 31, 2014. Many people supported him and even created a Facebook page titled “Free Anakata.” After serving some time, he was released from custody on August 28, 2015, but was arrested again because of Sweden’s request for extradition.

Gottfrid Svartholm Dating History

Just like his personal life, there isn’t much information about Gottfrid Svartholm’s dating history on the Internet. However, it is believed that the computer specialist is presently single.

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