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Cultural priorities by name

According to (June 29, 2007), these are the five most expensive domain names of record.

$12 million
Originally registered by Gary Kremen, a Silicon Valley software salesman, in 1994. Sold in a private sale for a mixture of cash and stock to Boston-based Escom LLC in January 2005

$9.5 million
MXN Limited bought its way into the porn industry in May. Brokered by, the deal stands as the largest all-cash URL transaction ever.

$7.5 million
Sold to ECompanies Venture Group, headed by former Disney executive Jake Weinbaum, in 1999. Yet even the highly prized name couldn’t protect the business from the dot-com bust; the site is now a parking lot for other URLs.

$7.5 million
Odimo sold this jewel of a site–along with its jewelry inventory–to, an online retailer, in May 2006. paid cash for the site and an extra $2 million for Odimo’s bling.

$7 million
Originally owned by Bill Fisher, a Web site developer who also owned and Sold to Belgium-based Interbrew, the world’s second-largest brewer by volume, the site now features racy content aimed at a male audience.


Written by Tom Fox

09/06/2007 at 9:16 am

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