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Meet the New King of Porn
CNBC.com | January 18, 2012 | 05:11 PM EST

Fabian Thylmann isn't a familiar name to most people outside the adult entertainment industry.

But while the 33-year-old managing partner of Manwin lacks the icon status of Hugh Hefner or the grand showmanship of Larry Flynt, he has quietly become one of the most powerful people in porn over the past two years.

His company, based in Luxembourg \(with offices around the globe\), owns many of the major online porn sites \(like Brazzers and Twisty's\), oversees Playboy's online and television operations, manages the online operations of Wicked Pictures, and this week signed a deal to buy Digital Playground, one of the industry's largest filmmakers.

But ask Thylmann, who prefers to avoid the spotlight, about Manwin and he'll describe it as something much different from a porn empire.

"In essence, Manwin is a tech company," he said at a rare keynote speech at Internext , an industry-only conference held immediately before The Adult Entertainment Expo . "We're online and have such big sites that we have to be very, very good at the tech side of this business."

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