Dotcom wants you to know we made his daughter cry

Even independent observers have been saying Dotcom being broke and continuing to live in a $1m a year mansion didn’t really match up.  But it seems that time has finally caught up on the big fella.

Embattled internet mogul Kim Dotcom is quitting his landmark Coatesville mansion.

In the latest chapter of the property’s short but chequered history, the controversial Megaupload founder has shelved plans to buy the expansive 60ha rural block on Auckland’s northern fringes and is preparing to move into a waterfront penthouse apartment on fashionable Princes Wharf.

The house was the country’s most expensive when it was built for an estimated $30 million in 2006 by Chrisco hamper empire founders Richard and Ruth Bradley.

It has six bedrooms, a tennis court and swimming pool.

The Bradleys, who have since separated, moved to Sydney in 2008 and the property was empty for two years until Dotcom moved in, paying $1m a year in rent.

Under the terms of the lease, he has to move out as he can’t afford to buy the property. He is preparing to downsize to a four-bedroom apartment in central Auckland.

“I told my oldest I am going to move and she cried and asked why.”

Dotcom said he was doing all he could to ensure his children’s lives were disrupted as little as possible.

Kim shamelessly uses his innocent kids here to garner sympathy.  Of course, had he cared about them genuinely, he wouldn’t have placed them in the position they’re in.  At least their mum still has some – they won’t be destitute just yet.  

Losing the home had been a bitter pill, he said. “I fought hard to be able to retain this for my family,” he said.

“When I couldn’t do it with the court funds that were made available I started a new business and I built that primarily to be able to pay my legal fees and be able to keep this home for my family.

“After almost four years to have to lose that battle now and leave my home, makes me sad.”

He said he would shift to his new waterfront home later this month.

“It’s significantly more humble than what I am used to but that’s okay. I am also not living with a partner any more, we have reduced our staff numbers significantly and this place feels a little bit big now.”


Dotcom isn’t prudent with money.  Only a week ago he was boasting about his custom-made bath that would have cost a pretty packet, and now he has to move out?

It might reflect his mindset.

A few weeks ago he thought he could beat the courts.

Now he’s given up.

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