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    Founded in 2002 by Thunayan Al-Ghanim, Future Media Architects (FMA) has amassed a portfolio spanning thousands of premium domain names. Historically, FMA has been known to rarely sell their domains. However, since transferring over 100,000 domain names to Uniregistry in 2014, the company has sold many one-word names such as Impact.com, with Uniregistry brokers reportedly managing inquiries for the names in FMA’s portfolio.

    Thanks to DomainIQ, we were able to take a look through the FMA portfolio and pick out ten of our favorite names. Do you agree with our picks? It’s certainly hard to choose just ten names from such an impressive portfolio.


    Media.com

    One of the oldest domains in the FMA portfolio also happens to be one of the best. Media.com has been owned by FMA since at least 2003, the oldest WHOIS record available. Archival copies of the domain show the name was used by Multimedia Learning Inc in the late 1990s, then switching to a company called AlignMark.

    As a generic domain, it has an abundance of potential uses. NameBio lists over two thousand sales that contain the word “media”, with the largest being eMedia.com for $60,000 in 2011.


    MR.com

    The first of three two-letter .COM domains in our list is MR.com. As a standalone domain regardless of potential meaning, it would likely attract a lot of attention from investors from China thanks to the letter combination. As Jamie Zoch (@Yofie) noted, GoDaddy sold the similar domain KR.com to China, suggesting that the KR.com name may have sold for seven figures.

    The meaning, however, should increase the value. In English, the “Mr” abbreviation is a commonplace substitute for “mister”. Plenty of brands use the “Mr” abbreviation including YouTube influencer MrBeast, popular mortgage lender Mr. Cooper and fashion brand Mr. Porter.


    FM.com

    The two-letter .COM domains owned by Future Media Architects have meaning and value beyond simply being a rare two-letter domain. FM.com, for example, is a desirable two-letter “Chinese premium” domain name but also has obvious connotations with the music industry.

    FM broadcasting is synonymous with music radio stations, with music orientated services such as Last.fm using the .FM domain extension.


    AI.com

    Two-letter .COM domain names have a wholesale price in the six-figure range, with many more selling for seven figures. This domain name is a surefire seven or eight-figure name. “AI” is the common abbreviation for Artificial Intelligence, a booming industry.

    According to Statista, AI as an industry is currently worth $7.34 billion in the US, with expected growth to $89.84 billion by 2025. A two-letter .COM domain that perfectly describes an entire industry is certainly a prized asset.

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    Cool.com

    What is the coolest domain name in your portfolio? I think you’d struggle to top Cool.com! Once called the “most valuable domain” by ZDNet, Cool.com has been a desirable domain ever since it was registered in 1995. The original owner allegedly received many offers including a seven-figure offer that was documented in ZDNet’s article.

    Future Media Architects have owned the domain name since at least 2008, when DomainIQ’s first ownership record for the domain was archived. Currently, the name redirects to a Twitter account.


    July.com

    Month domain names are rare assets that also make great brand names. August, for example, is a smart security company that acquired the domain name August.com. Domain investor Aron Meystedt (@Napkin.com) owns March.com, a blockchain corporation.


    i.net

    There are just two single-letter .NET domain names in existence, q.net and i.net, both owned by investors. We have no publicly disclosed data as to how much a single-letter .NET domain may be worth, but a single letter .ORG domain sold in 2018 for $500,000, indicating that these are firm six or seven-figure assets.


    Jog.com

    Future Media Architects owns a substantial amount of short domains, but the only three-letter .COM domain name in our list is Jog.com. This name is one of our favorites from the FMA portfolio because it is a common three-letter word in a lucrative industry, fitness.

    According to reports from Statista, the fitness industry in the United States has a revenue of $3.4 billion in 2018, with jogging being one of the most popular fitness activities. Jog would make a phenomenal brand name in the industry.


    Party.com

    This common one-word domain has made our list because of its versatility across a number of industries. With a market value of $5 billion, the party rental industry would be an obvious fit for Party.com. Beyond that, the domain would be at home in the political, music and fashion industries.

    LinkedIn lists over 65,000 company results for the word “party”, signaling that this is a common commercial term.


    Research.com

    The final name on our list is Research.com. This may not be an obvious choice given the number of other ultra-premium domains in the FMA portfolio, but research is one of the most powerful things that we can do. Research, across various industries, improves lives and improves minds.

    Companies such as IBM, Intel, and Apple own research labs, spending substantial amounts of money on developing new technology.


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    What is your favorite name from this list?
     
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    AI dot com is an absolute winner here these days.

    For party dot com, party dot tv could be a good alternative for many business types.
     
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    Ai.com is king but what a impressive list
     
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    Mind blowing domains!....AI?!...Wow!!
     
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    Great stuff, James.

    FMA.com = member 1758 @elequa

    Peace,
    Kenny
     
  12. Backorder-ing.com

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    Unfortunately @elequa stop to be a active domainer
    Almost all his domains developed take off
    Talk with him few times ...
    but recently ( from aprox 2-3 year's) i don't know what happen with him most of the time i think his enjoy of his life not think of domains
     
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    The best collection .com domains on the planet. Media.com alone has got to be one best domains out. If your a major newpaper chain or TV station the is the global brand for your Business. How many major news companys would love to own that domain as brand.

    Then AI its not a tech company like Apple or Google or even Amazon its Elegua who owns these number one global brands great vision to buy these domains away back when you now look at the value they have now.
     
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    I love AI.com , I think it's the best .IMO
     
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    I think media and AI are the best ones.
     
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    AI.com when it will be sold it will break all records!
     
  17. Josh R

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    Ridiculous portfolio. The best IMO.
     
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    Incredible portfolio

    Curious what they are asking for AI and Media

    Can certainly be record breaking
     
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    the best portfolio in the world.
    is there a list of the 100 best domains that FMA has?
     
  21. gilescoley

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    FMA also owns over 1000 LLL.com and 2000 LLL.net names as well

    They did own MultiMedia.com as well, not sure if they still do

    They also own(ed) names like these

    Ibiza.com
    Impact.com
    Explore.com
    Arabs.com
    DJ.net
    Oxide.com
    Fed.com
    Squeeze.com
    NewYear.com
     
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    FMA has the best domain portfolio
     
  24. Yusupbabay

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    what is the purchase price range?
     
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    Link : http://www.dnjournal.com/columns/coverstory2.htm

    Elequa Unmasked: Unveiling the World's Most Prolific "Domain Artist"
    By Ron Jackson

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    is “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma”. Winston Churchillwas not talking about Thunayan Khalid AL-Ghanim when he said that more than 60 years ago, but the description matches a man who seems to be defying nature by mastering internet space and time.

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    Screen shot from AL-Ghanim's FMA.com

    Just 2 years after entering the industry, AL-Ghanim has amassed more than 12,000 quality domains, including jewels like media.com, multimedia.com and fm.com. He has thriving websites like mp3.tv, dj.net and oxide.com and he has just purchased a major ICANN-approved internet registry that will be located on another showcase domain, i.net.
    No wonder domain industry forums are buzzing with questions about “Elequa”, a childhood nickname the 32-year-old internet phenomenon uses for his online identity. They want to know who he is, where he came from and how he assembled one of the world’s most impressive portfolios almost overnight. They wonder how he seems to be everywhere at once and almost always in the right place at the right time. How is it possible?

    Easy really…he never sleeps. AL-Ghanim is a self-described insomniac who naps only an hour or two each night. While you are sound asleep, he is busy transforming his vision for his current projects into reality. AL-Ghanim says he is so excited about his work he simply can’t gear down long enough to spend much time in bed. Fueled by that adrenaline rush, he has worked around the clock to cram four years of effort into two years on the calendar. Is it any wonder he is racing far ahead of the pack?

    Answering the common question, “who is Elequa?” is not as simple. AL-Ghanim is not easily categorized and the biographical details only give you part of the picture. He comes from a respected Kuwaiti family that has international business interests. He was born on June 2, 1970 in London, England and began his education at Switzerland’s historic Le Rosey School. AL-Ghanim moved to America and graduated from St. Stephen's School in Alexandria, Virginia, then spent his college years at American University in Washington, D.C., where he continues to maintain a home.

    This is where the lines begin to blur and you have to ponder the composition much as you would an abstract painting. He is a businessman, an internet visionary, an artist and sculptor. By applying all of those skills to the domain industry canvas, he has become the world’s most prolific “domain artist”.

    AL-Ghanim's Future Media Architects, Inc. (fma.com) is a holding company for his masterpieces. However, you need not bother approaching FMA to buy a piece for your own collection. AL-Ghanim says he does not sell domains. That alone tells you how different his approach is from most others in the industry. “My model gives me an opportunity to enjoy utilizing domains for my own purposes and creativity”, AL-Ghanim told DNJ in a series of interviews conducted over the past month.

    He says he was drawn to the domain business because he saw a power locked in domain names that is often left unused. The industry is like a perfect studio where he can apply his creativity to a business with spectacular growth opportunities. Thunayan has a number of major development projects in the works. His brushstrokes will bring domains like Jade.com and Fed.com to life.

    The knowledge he has gained from traveling around the world has also made him aware of untapped international opportunities. “There will be huge growth in multi-cultural and intra-cultural names, foreign language names, names that will draw domestic and international traffic”, he says. High traffic is sort of the Gospel according to AL-Ghanim and all of his projects manage to attract it.

    Some of that traffic is drawn by the type-in value of great domains and some is produced by Thunayan’s promotional skills. His mp3.tv sponsored Italy’s national championship Ferarri racing team. Seeing his logo emblazoned on a car roaring by at 200 miles per hour is a perfect metaphor for the full-throttle approach AL-Ghanim is applying to the domain business.

    It is easy to forget that the internet is still in its infancy. Does anyone believe that companies like Yahoo, Ebay and Amazon will be the last great companies to emerge from the internet? AL-Ghanim does not believe it and he may well be the architect of the next enterprise to reach such high orbit. This is not a guy who aims low.

    Being on the acquisition trail sometimes brings absurd offers from sellers who don’t realize that AL-Ghanim’s business skills are as sharp as his artistry. One dealer publicly complained in a forum when AL-Ghanim turned down his offer to sell him a 3-letter .com for $7,000. AL-Ghanim told the seller the name was worth $850 tops. A few weeks later, the seller put the name up for auction and the top bid was $780. Few professional domain appraisers ever come so close to the mark.

    AL-Ghanim also attracts attention from jealous competitors. One recently posted in a forum that anyone could accomplish what AL-Ghanim has if they had enough money. The critics conveniently ignore the dozens of internet entities that had more than enough money in recent years, yet failed miserably. AL-Ghanim personally formulates the concept for each FMA website and then painstakingly develops them into something special. Perhaps the critics should ask themselves if they could paint like Michaelangelo if only they had enough money.

    In fact, AL-Ghanim believes the real beauty of the domain industry is that the barrier to entry is so low. Those with good ideas can succeed, regardless of their resources. He advises people entering the business to “do what you like and you will be successful. The playing field is wide open to the newcomer. There are no limits, even for those with limited budgets”. That should be music to everyone’s ears.



    If you would like to comment on Ron Jackson’s article, write [email protected].
     
  26. Ostrados

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    Someone will now send direct message to @elequa asking:
    "how much for AI.com? please give me a reseller price"
    :ROFL:
     
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    I need find a better Emoji to describe my feeling on this list....:woot:
     
  28. DOMAIN ILLUMINATI

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    It's interesting that
    fma.com redirects to the .net version and that
    futuremediaarchitects.com / .net / .org / .biz / .info is offered for sale.
     
  29. 4better

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    Very impressive portfolio!
    I'll go for .AI, it's the best in the list.
     
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