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03|10|2008 07:34 pm EDT

Vancouver’s Internet Millionaires

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Up to the Minute

The Vancouver Daily Province recently featured three local Internet millionaires, including Kevin Ham, in a cover story. Ham’s company is reported to control over 300,000 domain names worth an estimated $300 million.

Ham didn’t respond to requests for an interview, but you’ll definitely be inspired by the way these individuals have gone out and made millions through hard work, an internet connection, and a whole lot of creativity.

[via The Province]

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March 18, 2008 @ 4:48 pm EDT

Vancouver, British Columbia has developed some of the most important people on the web. Here are a few other names that were missed:

1) Calvin Ayre Owner

This guy is going to be the richest guy in the world in a very short period of time. Bodog started with gambling sites and now owns TV unit, music label; producing a poker show with Fox Sports Net to be broadcast in April.

2) Yun Ye

Among the first to write code to automate domain pruchases. In 2004 he sold his portfolia of 100,000 names to Seattle-based Marchex for $164 million.

3) Raffaele Della Peruta

Once again another domainer and builder from Vancouver has surfaced with an impressive collection of domain names. Marchex has approached this guy for his portfolio on numberous occassions.

The first time I read about him was in the same paper that printed this story (The Province) They printed that he was the owner of the Vancouver Whistler Olympics domain name, Since then articles around the quantity, quality and sales of his domain portfolio have surfaced in other magazines and blogs within the world.

BC Business is about to do a full interview on him revealing some of his multi million dollar collection and how he aquired these domain names. This should be published in the April or May magazine.

4)Frank Schilling

This guy grew up in Langley and now lives abroad. His empire was almost bought up by Marchex similar to the way Yun Ye sold his.

5)Hampson, Geoffrey of

A Vancouver company based around domain name. The recent success of with very little advertising has made this company be recognized.

Ron Munson
Author: Small Empire


March 19, 2008 @ 12:51 am EDT

Great list Ron! I’m a Vancouverite myself (well, living in Kelowna now – but raised in the Lower Mainland) – I knew there was a lot going on, but didn’t quite know the extent of it.

Must be something in the water!

Adam Strong

March 20, 2008 @ 12:44 am EDT

You forgot Domain Name News’ best buddy, former electrician turned domainer, Garry Chernoff and domainer, write and business man Richard Lau. . . and isn’t Pilfold from up there ? Gotta be the water.

btw couldn’t find anythingon Raffaele Della Peruta . … and yikes on owning


March 23, 2008 @ 1:11 pm EDT

I’ve been trying to figure it out for a while. I don’t buy the fact that it is the water in British Columbia.
In a book I’m creating I boil it down to the following factors:
1) British Columbia has a very well educated population.
2) British Columbia, unlike older cities, had access to high speed internet quicker. This was due to the fact that laying the lines in developed areas was more difficult.
3) New articles that have triggered excitement and the true value of domain names.

I have interviewed a number of people such as Frank Schilling and Raffaele Della Peruta. Both pointed out the fact that they started to pay attention when reading a news article. This UTube video states that they were going to school together since they are all around the same age.

I have to date found no evidence of this since they all grew up in different areas and came from different backgrounds.


March 23, 2008 @ 1:41 pm EDT

I can’t believe I didn’t put Garry Chernoff on that list. Thanks for pointing out Richard Lau… the list continues to grow.

Interesting. I didn’t know that Shaun Pilford was from BC also. Thanks for the information. If there is any other large domainers in the area, I would like to add them to my book. Please post them here.

By the way some people argue that Raffaele Della Peruta may be the person that owns the internet, because of the system he used in purchasing domain names and his inside knowledge of the industry.

In an interview conducted last summer, he told me that he created an automated program that examined what people commonly type into search engines. With these results the program then tracks and hunts associated domain names, registering them automatically when they expire. Most of his domain names consist of two words such as,,,

He also purchased thousands of Geo domain names that had the city in front of the word. For example

BC Business Magazine is doing an article on him next month because of the collection he owns and the fact that he was one of the biggest buyers of the new .asia domains.

Thanks for you input guys,



March 23, 2008 @ 5:31 pm EDT

As someone who became aware of the domain business only recently, I wish I were from British Columbia. Seems like the word got out very early in that part of the world.


March 23, 2008 @ 11:57 pm EDT

Webwatch, in 2000 people were saying the same thing.

The big players such as Frank Shilling, Kevin Ham, Yun Ye, Raffaele Della Peruta, Garry Chernoff and Richard Lau only started purchasing domain names around this same period of time.

These players had the date March 12th marked on their calendar… only 12 days ago. On this day .ASIA domain names went on sale. A perfect example of expanded opportunity since 60% of the worlds population lives in this area.

We know the internet will progress in all areas including speed, accessibility and depth. We also know that cash parking has a lot of room for improvement. This could make domain names with lower traffic rate, a lot more valuable.

The more I interview the big domainers, the more I begin to understand that they are truly ahead of their time. Most of them have understand the elementary stages of the formation of the internet and have patiently taken advantage of each new progression.

I’m convinced that these individuals, regardless of where in the world they came from, will hold a great deal of power in the future. This is why I have chosen to study and write about them.


PS Any additions to the names I have mentioned, in the British Columbia area would be greatly appreciated.


March 24, 2008 @ 4:38 pm EDT

I am also from Vancouver but not as famous as the others.
Started in domain business about 3 years ago and now control over 5000 domains


March 24, 2008 @ 8:38 pm EDT

Hi Artur

Send your list of your main domain names to my email if you get a chance. I’d like to rate where in the list you rank.

How did you start buying domain names? Was it a news article or someone else the influences you? Do you know any of the people that were mentioned on this list or are you another person that just out of the blue started buying?


Randy Charach

May 21, 2008 @ 1:31 pm EDT

There was also a great article that was similar to the Province story in Business in Vancouver, written by Curt Cherewayko.

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