The websites youporn.com and Pornhub.com are registered by a company established in Luxembourg Rue Gabriel Lippman 34, 5365 Munsbach, Luxembourg.
Initially YouPorn.com was registered by a company based in Curacao. It was setup by the German entrepreneur Fabian Thylmann.
Thylmann, whose online sex empire turned over 100 million a year, made a fortune after co-founding the world's most profitable online pornography empire.
In 2012, Fabian Thylmann was arrested in Belgium on suspicion of tax evasion. (According to Company registers, his official address was at that time avenue Baron d'Huart in Kraainem, Belgium).
In October 2013, Thylmann sold his stake in Manwin; the same year Manwin was renamed to Mindgeek.
Mindgeek has offices and companies in Canada, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Ireland, Romania, UK.
MINDGEEK S.A R.L. ( B181337), registered in Luxembourg by MindGeek Holding Inc., a company under the laws of Canada, registered with the Registraire des Entreprises du Québec under the number 1169455970 and having its registered office at 600-7777 boulevard Décarie, Montréal (Québec) H4P2H2 Canada.
MindGeek Holding inc. in Canada is owned by "9288-1259 Québec inc." which is owned by businessmen Antoon Feras and David Tassillo.
Antoon Feras is also a producer of hard core films - see Imdb Feras Antoon Producer
Other Luxmeburg based company inlcude:
MG FREESITES (formerly Manwin Freesites S.a.r.l., B159056), 32, Boulevard Royal, Luxembourg.
MG IP (formerly Manwin IP S.à r.l.,)
Manwin Licensing Europe S.à r.l.,
Manwin Licensing International S.à r.l.
Manwin LUXEMBOURG SARL,
Manwin MAINSTREAM SARL,
Manwin MEDIA SARL,
Manwin NIGHTLIFE SARL,
Manwin PREMIUM SARL,
Manwin REALITY SARL,
Manwin RK S.à r.l.,
Manwin TECHNOLOGIES SARL,
Manwin Holding Sàrl is an adult entertainment IT holding headquartered in Luxembourg.
Other Luxembourg based companies include :
Other companies of the Thylmann includes - Midstream Media International N.V. - based in Curacao, which initially registered the domain name youporn.com and Manwin Hong kong.
Manwin has often been credited for revolutionising the business of internet porn after it decided to take a technology-driven approach to the porn industry, which has enabled its free "tube" sites, like YouPorn, to flourish in the last five years.
Due to the phenomenal success of his sites, Thylmann has often been described as the Mark Zuckerberg of porn.
Sources and references:
- Deux rois de la porno parmi les cibles de l’AMF, March 2016
- Bloomberg.com/David Tassillo
- Legilux - Company register Luxembourg.
- Curacao Chamber of Commerce and Industry.