Famous hacker calls North Shore home

Meet our newest richlister – a multi-millionaire businessman who was once one of the world’s most “flamboyant” computer hackers.

Kim Schmitz who calls himself Kim Dotcom has signalled his intention to live in New Zealand and has applied for official approval to buy one of the most expensive homes in the country.

The German-born businessman is a controversial figure with a colourful history of fast cars, computers and women.

He came to prominence a decade ago with a string of online stunts followed by self-promotion – including photos with expensive sports cars and a Playboy bunny.

The 37-year-old, who said he was one of the 10 richest people in New Zealand, outlined his plans in an exclusive online interview with the Herald on Sunday.

He said residency allowed him, his wife Mona and their children to live in a country that would become a “rare paradise on earth”.

Dotcom was granted residency last year.

And he has made an impact since then, investing funds, creating jobs, sponsoring a major fireworks display and making a “large contribution to the Canterbury earthquake relief fund”, according to Immigration New Zealand

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