Fabian Thylmann

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Fabian Thylmann
Born (1978-06-05)June 5, 1978
Aachen, Germany
Nationality German
Occupation Angel Investor, Startups
Years active 18
Known for Former managing partner of the adult website conglomerate Manwin. Owner of social photo sharing App Frontback.
Children 2

Fabian Thylmann (born in 5 June 1978 in Aachen) is a German businessman who was founder and managing partner of the adult website conglomerate Manwin (now MindGeek).[1] In October 2013, he sold his stake in the company, which was at the time the largest adult entertainment operator in the world.[2] Since then he acts as an Angel Investor for young Startups in Brussels, Belgium where he also operates a Co-Working & Incubation space, SN-Cube.[3] In late 2015 he acquired Frontback and is focusing on revamping the popular social photo sharing app.

Biography[edit]

Thylmann is married with two children,[4] and he started computer programming when he was 17.[5] His breakthrough came in the late 1990s when he developed software called NATS (Next-generation Affiliate Tracking Software),[6] which enabled website operators to track users clicks on advertisements and links so that they could be paid commission.[7] Thylmann used the money he made with NATS to buy various companies in the adult industry, and in March 2010 he established Manwin by acquiring the companies Mensef and Interhub.[5]

Sale of Manwin[edit]

It was reported in October 2013 that Thylmann had stepped down and sold Manwin for €73 million. The reason for selling the company remains undisclosed.[8]

Upon the sale of Manwin, Thylmann wrote in a letter to employees:

Extradition and indictment[edit]

In December 2012, he was extradited from Belgium to Germany on suspicion of tax evasion. Thylmann did not contest the extradition order, although he reportedly denied avoiding paying tax.[4][10]

In April 2015, Thylmann was indicted by the Cologne, Germany federal prosecutor on tax evasion charges.[11][12] The charges were dropped when he paid 5 Million Euros[13] but he still faces a suspended sentence in another case.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Morris, Chris (18 January 2012). "Meet the New King of Porn". CNBC. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Pardon, Rhett (18 October 2013). "Fabian Thylmann Sells Stake in Manwin to Company Management". XBIZ.com. Archived from the original on 25 October 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Fabian Thylmann: van pornokoning tot mecenas van de Belgische startup-scene". 
  4. ^ a b Staff writer (17 December 2014). "'Porn king' detained on suspicion of tax evasion". The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Archived from the original on 21 December 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Wallace, Benjamin (30 January 2011). "The Geek-Kings of Smut". New York Magazine. p. 5. Archived from the original on 10 October 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Reynolds, Emma (20 December 2012). "'King of Porn' arrested on charges of avoiding paying tax on the £60million profits from his online sex empire". Daily Mail Online. Archived from the original on 13 December 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  7. ^ Buse, Uwe (20 December 2012). "Harnessing the Internet: The German Porn King's Revolutionary Model Page 1". SPIEGEL ONLINE. p. 1. Archived from the original on 19 October 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Germany's 'Porno King' gives up empire". The Local. Berlin, Germany: The Local Europe GmbH. 21 October 2013. Archived from the original on 5 December 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  9. ^ Pardon, Rhett (18 October 2013). "Fabian Thylmann Sells Stake in Manwin to Company Management". XBIZ.com. Archived from the original on 25 October 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2014.  
  10. ^ Paterson, Tony (12 December 2012). "Fabian Thylmann, 'the ruler in the Realms of Lust', is arrested for alleged tax evasion". The Independent. Independent Print Ltd. Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  11. ^ Pardon, Rhett (20 April 2015). "Fabian Thylmann reportedly indicted on tax evasion charges". XBIZ. Adnet Media. Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  12. ^ Denim, Sue (22 April 2015). "Fabian Thylman indicted on tax evasion charge". YNOT Europe. YNOT Group. Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  13. ^ ""Porno-König" kauft sich mit fünf Millionen Euro frei". 2016-11-19. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  14. ^ "Millionenauflage: Steuerverfahren gegen Porno-Unternehmer Thylmann eingestellt". 2016-11-19. Retrieved 2016-11-19.