He Started as a Hacker and Pirate

Before he founded any million-dollar companies, Kim Dotcom (born Kim Schmitz), made his name hacking into corporate computer systems in the United States. His intention was to hustle his hacking to a paid data security gig. Before he began honing his hacking skills, Dotcom was making money by copying his favorite video games and selling them to his friends and anyone else with the cash. In the late '90s, Dotcom started a computer security company called DataProtect, though that didn't stop him from hacking. In 1998 he was arrested for selling credit card numbers he purchased from hackers in the U.S. Two years later Kim would make his first large sum of money when he sold a majority of DataProtect to TUV Rheinland.