‘King of Porn’ Arrested For Tax Evasion

12/19/12 7:15AM EST

FabianThylmann King of Porn Arrested For Tax Evasion

Publicity-shy Fabian Thylmann, the “Ruler of the Real of Lust,” is currently being held in a Belgian jail on suspicion of tax evasion. The reclusive 34-year-old is alleged to have avoided taxes on his global online sex video empire, which is estimated to earn $100 million each year. Thylmann is contesting the allegations.

After creating eight of the world’s 15 most successful sex-related Web sites as early as the 1990s, Thylmann only revealed his identity last year. The sites include Youporn, Brazzers, MyDirtyHobby and PornHub, and boast about 16 billion visitors each month.

youporn King of Porn Arrested For Tax Evasion

Thylmann’s claim to fame is the his development of software called Next-generation Affiliate Tracking Software, which links the majority of Internet porn sites and allows visitors to select videos according to preference. After the success of his software, Thylmann began his own sites in 2006 when he secured the license for the Playboy label, allowing his access to all of its television and online productions. Although Thylmann’s sites are free, they earn revenue from the many pay pornography sites that advertise on his pages.

Journalists with Germany’s Die Welt newspaper accessed Thylmann’s company, Manwin, and found German actors had been paid through a subsidiary company in Cyprus although they had performed sex videos in Germany. Thylmann contends he was legally minimizing his tax burden in accordance with European law.

 
 
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