What are the most expensive domain names of all time? On a quiet weekend back in October of 2008, I logged onto Godaddy.com and purchased the domain name "celebnetworth.com" for $11.89. The idea came to me on a Sunday night while I was watching an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. I remember googling "Larry David net worth" and being very frustrated that there weren't any sites that gave a quality answer to that question. So on a whim I fired up Godaddy and tried to purchase "celebritynetworth.com" but it wasn't available, so I settled on the abbreviated "celebnetworth.com". Little did I know at the time, but this simple five minute brainstorm would change my life in just a few short years.
The domain "celebnetworth.com" went unused in my Godaddy account for years because I was too busy working a full time job to think about starting a side project in my free time. Eventually I did throw together a cheap design and began adding articles to celebnetworth at night and on weekends. After six months of following this routine I decided I couldn't move forward without owning the full un-abbreviated domain "celebritynetworth.com". One night after work, I contacted the owner and offered him $50. He replied within minutes and demanded $5000. I upped my offer to $200. He replied with $2500. After exchanging about 10 emails we finally settled on $1000, which was more than half of all the money I had in the world at the time. Fast forward a few years and that $1000 would become the best investment I've ever made in my life. Running CelebrityNetWorth.com eventually allowed me to quit my job and become my own boss which is a truly priceless feeling. And it all came from an $11 brainstorm during Curb Your Enthusiasm. Pretty…pretty…pretty…awesome! This is the hideously ugly first version of CelebNetWorth.com (click to enlarge):
While $1000 for a domain was all the money in the world to me, it doesn't come anywhere close to fortunes some people have spent on domains in the past. As the internet has expanded, 99% of the most desirable domain names have been scooped up by big time investors and individuals around the world. There are even Wall Street hedge funds and private equity firms that have spent hundreds of millions of dollars to acquire vast portfolios of thousands of valuable domain names. The most valuable domain names are short, easy to spell/pronounce and somewhat related to commerce. Not surprisingly, some of the most expensive domain names of all time are also related to the porn industry. But what exactly are the largest domain name sales of all time? Below is a list of all the top known domain sales ever. There may be some private sales that the world will never find out about…
The Most Expensive Domain Names Of All Time:
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