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Who is the greatest domain investor of all time? 2021 edition

Labeled as poll in General Domain Discussion, started by equity78, Jun 3, 2021

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Who is the greatest domain investor of all time? 2021 edition

Poll closed Thursday at 6:31 PM.
  1. Mike Carson

    5 votes
    1.8%
  2. Frank Schilling

    35 votes
    12.5%
  3. Rick Schwartz

    92 votes
    32.7%
  4. Mike Berkens

    2 votes
    0.7%
  5. Mike Mann

    15 votes
    5.3%
  6. Nat Cohen

    2 votes
    0.7%
  7. Andrew Rosener

    18 votes
    6.4%
  8. Yun Ye

    12 votes
    4.3%
  9. Garry Chernoff

    0 votes
    0.0%
  10. Adam Dicker

    6 votes
    2.1%
  11. George Kirikos

    2 votes
    0.7%
  12. Marc Ostrofsky

    0 votes
    0.0%
  13. Mike Zapolin

    1 vote
    0.4%
  14. Thunayan Al-Ghanim (FMA)

    4 votes
    1.4%
  15. David and Michael Castello

    0 votes
    0.0%
  16. Igal Lichtman (Mrs.Jello)

    2 votes
    0.7%
  17. Scott Day

    1 vote
    0.4%
  18. Anything.com

    3 votes
    1.1%
  19. Chris Chena

    0 votes
    0.0%
  20. James Booth

    6 votes
    2.1%
  21. Andy Booth

    0 votes
    0.0%
  22. Brent Oxley

    9 votes
    3.2%
  23. Hiren Patel

    8 votes
    2.8%
  24. Greg McLemore (Web Magic)

    0 votes
    0.0%
  25. Kevin Ham

    8 votes
    2.8%
  26. Other (leave a comment)

    32 votes
    11.4%
  27. Braden Pollock

    5 votes
    1.8%
  28. Jay Chapman

    1 vote
    0.4%
  29. Bob Parsons

    6 votes
    2.1%
  30. Reberry Brothers (Andrew Reberry & Jeff Reberry)

    6 votes
    2.1%
Total: 281 vote(s)
  1. equity78

    equity78 Top Member TheDomains Staff TLDInvestors.com PRO VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    It’s been 7 years since we did a poll on the greatest domain name investor of all time on TheDomains.com. Frank Schilling won back in 2014. Over the last 7 years many new investors have come into the business.

    Some investors might be perceived differently today than during the last poll, so here is the 2021 poll.

    Sometimes people ask what is meant? Like so and so might not have made as much money but they lifted people up or they were a nicer human being.

    This is who is the greatest domain investor of all time, the selling, sales attained, marketing and name selection skills should be what is considered.

    Results of last poll

    • Frank Schilling (31%, 77 Votes)
    • Yun Ye (17%, 43 Votes)
    • Rick Schwartz (11%, 27 Votes)
    • Mike Mann (6%, 14 Votes)
    • Anything.com (5%, 13 Votes)
    • Michael Berkens (5%, 12 Votes)
    • Castello Brothers (4%, 11 Votes)
    • George Kirikos (4%, 9 Votes)
    • Adam Dicker (4%, 9 Votes)
    • Igal Lichtman (Mrs.Jello) (3%, 8 Votes)
    • Chris Chena (3%, 7 Votes)
    • Thunayan Al-Ghanim (FMA) (3%, 7 Votes)
    • Scott Day (2%, 6 Votes)
    • Marc Ostrofsky (2%, 4 Votes)
    • Mike Zapolin (1%, 3 Votes)
    • Nat Cohen/Telepathy (0%, 2 Votes)
     
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  3. Dave

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    Could you please explain why you've included Adam Dicker? The guy who scammed many people out of their money.
     
  4. Samer

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    It does seem like Adam Dicker is MIA (again?)
     
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  5. equity78

    equity78 Top Member TheDomains Staff TLDInvestors.com PRO VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Sure he was in the last one, so to show the change in sentiment over the years.
     
  6. Samer

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    Frank Schilling won the last one.
    all need to show the “change in sentiment” lol
     
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  7. Windoms

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    As per achievements, Franck's the undisputed champ.
     
  8. Samer

    Samer Top Contributor VIP

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    Nope, he rode way into the sunset.

    Out of the game.

    You can argue, Frank shouldnt be here, either.
     
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  9. equity78

    equity78 Top Member TheDomains Staff TLDInvestors.com PRO VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    The poll is not about who is in or out, it's greatest of all time, Michael Jordan no longer plays in the NBA, Babe Ruth is not alive. They both top the list in many polls and in many fans minds with respect to Basketball and Baseball.
     
  10. Kingslayer

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    I'm going to go with 'other' i think there are many high profile people/companies who will no doubt operate under the radar/own some fantastic domains (plus made great sales) but keep their business to themselves and some high profile companies (such as Disney) own some fantastic domains.

    If we are going for people who 'most' know about and don't mind the spotlight on them, then Brent Oxley.
     
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  11. equity78

    equity78 Top Member TheDomains Staff TLDInvestors.com PRO VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Thanks, I would not say Disney is an investor, while I do agree with you they own some great domain names.
     
  12. Future Sensors

    Future Sensors 78% of human domainers will be replaced by robots Gold Account

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    Love it or hate it! The C-level decision makers at Godaddy, because they have acquired the large portfolios (including future risks) from a number of people mentioned in this poll.
     
  13. Kingslayer

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    Some of these companies will no doubt have paid 6 or 7 figures for some of their domain assets, they don't do this to lose money, they buy these domains as an 'investment' so companies who own more than 1 domain are 'investors' hoping to see a return on this investment either by selling or turning them into businesses.
     
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  14. D Haynes

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    I've gone with other cos tbh I don't really know any of them or what they've done. Too many to read up on. I'm sure they've all made big contributions to the industry at large and that's the main thing.
     
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    Go.com yoo. That’s my favorite Disney domain
     
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    I went with Kevin Ham as he sold his prime domain portfolio for $300 million. Not too shabby :xf.smile:
     
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  17. Samer

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    Literally, around the entire price paid for Uni.(!)
     
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    X.com / Democracy.com owner ...
     
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    Bob Hawkes Top Member NameTalent VIP Gold Account Trusted Blogger

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    I am surprised @Braden Pollock not on list.

    The line between brokers and investors not always clear. At some point a similar poll on greatest domain brokers would be interesting. Rosener always wins the annual volume awards of late, but it is mix broker/investor.

    Thanks for doing this poll and telling us results of previous one @equity78 .

    Still trying to decide how to vote!

    Bob
     
  21. equity78

    equity78 Top Member TheDomains Staff TLDInvestors.com PRO VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Broker not investor.
     
  22. equity78

    equity78 Top Member TheDomains Staff TLDInvestors.com PRO VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Braden was an omission Bob, after I published it I was like oh I forgot Brandon.
     
  23. nononsense123

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    Oxley.com is proof no one comes close..
    In terms of inspiring others, @DomainKing Rick Schwartz
     
  24. AEProgram

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    Any proof to this? It sounds cool in this new conspiracy UFO era, but if you make a list of the best 500 for sale domains you will find that you could trace almost all to a known domainer.

    What you wrote here is complete nonsense. In real estate this is true, not in domaining. All portfolio holders of valuable names are known in 2021.

    "i think there are many high profile people/companies who will no doubt operate under the radar/own some fantastic domains (plus made great sales) but keep their business to themselves"
     
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  25. Windoms

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    Legend* of the game.
    The greatest.

    Here
    For Donuts' 200,000 and Kevin Ham's 100,000 name portfolios, GoDaddy paid $50 million.

    That 300.000.000$ you have in mind was an estimation of what the portfolio was worth in a 2007 article by Business 2.0 Magazine.
     
  26. Windoms

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    Quote from Rick Schwartz.

    " Frank is a legend for a number of reasons," Schwartz said. "First because he is the nicest guy you would ever want to meet. He is like the Jack Kennedy of domains. Second, he came fairly late to the game but never whined that he got in too late. He just put his nose to the grindstone and put together the #1 domain portfolio in the world nearly overnight. His portfolio has a low value of about $500 million and a real value likely over $1 billion…and third, did I mention that Frank is one of the nicest guys you will ever want to meet?! I see him as the #1 ambassador for our industry, "
     

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