9 episodes

When Financial Times reporter Patricia Nilsson started digging into the porn industry, she made a shocking discovery: Nobody knew who controlled the biggest porn company in the world. Now, Nilsson and her editor, Alex Barker, have figured out who the guy was, and much more. Their reporting reveals a shadowy power structure that includes billionaires, tech geniuses and the most powerful finance companies in the world.

Hot Money: Who Rules Porn‪?‬ Pushkin

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    • 4.6 • 174 Ratings

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When Financial Times reporter Patricia Nilsson started digging into the porn industry, she made a shocking discovery: Nobody knew who controlled the biggest porn company in the world. Now, Nilsson and her editor, Alex Barker, have figured out who the guy was, and much more. Their reporting reveals a shadowy power structure that includes billionaires, tech geniuses and the most powerful finance companies in the world.

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    Episode 1: Porn Meets the Internet

    Episode 1: Porn Meets the Internet

    Stoya is a porn star who saw first-hand how a firehose of free porn online transformed the adult industry.

    She sends hosts Alex Barker and Patricia Nilsson a quest: Find out who is in charge, and get to the bottom of how the business of porn really works.

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    • 32 min
    Episode 2: The Darth Vader of Porn

    Episode 2: The Darth Vader of Porn

    A decade ago, a computer programmer named Fabian Thylmann began to build one of the biggest porn empires in the world.

    How did Fabian do it? He was good with money in a business that was starved of finance. He convinced Wall Street to bankroll his vision to take control of the industry.

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    • 32 min
    Episode 3: Mr. Goldman, Mr. Sex

    Episode 3: Mr. Goldman, Mr. Sex

    When Fabian Thylmann ran into trouble with the law, a former Goldman Sachs banker swooped in to buy his porn sites. But nobody knew who he was. He managed to keep his identity a secret for years --- until Patricia rumbled his game. 

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    • 32 min
    Episode 4: Playboy vs. Rusty and Edie

    Episode 4: Playboy vs. Rusty and Edie

    How is it legal for porn sites to host millions of videos uploaded by users? The answer is in the story of an Ohio family in the early 1990s.

    In this episode: a family IT business, an FBI raid and a court case that set the precedent for porn – and for tech giants like Facebook and Twitter. 

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    • 39 min
    Episode 5: The Billionaire Who Took Down Porn

    Episode 5: The Billionaire Who Took Down Porn

    A billionaire hedge fund manager reads a scathing column about a popular porn site. He sends an angry text to the CEO of MasterCard. Almost overnight, the biggest porn company in the world changes dramatically.

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    • 38 min
    Episode 6: Knocking on the Door of a Porn Empire

    Episode 6: Knocking on the Door of a Porn Empire

    One of the biggest porn companies in the world was forced to radically change its practices. But another porn giant changed almost nothing.

    Patricia travels to the company's Prague headquarters to understand why. 

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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
174 Ratings

174 Ratings

Evan1026 ,

Great show. Highly entertaining.

Have recommended it to others.

ob1288 ,

Interesting

This was very interesting. Thought it was well reported

peggyandjack ,

Where Tech Meets Porn

Their voices carry a tone that never interferes and supports their authority on the subject. It is about pornography the way a steak is about a cow. I binged on this the way I binged on “The Queen’s Gambit”. Oddly, with both it is women who were driving the plots.

I have recommended it to 3 people. All 3 have thanked me, asked what I was listening to now. LOL Writing my own series

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