While living in Hong Kong, Dotcom visited New Zealand for 10 days in December 2008 and again for two months from August 2009.On his 2009 visit, he bought 12 cars, valued at .2 million, and leased a helicopter on a stand-by basis.
Prior to his arrest in New Zealand, he enjoyed a luxurious life.
He applied for residency and received it in November 2010.
Immigration New Zealand made its decision on his application (despite his foreign convictions and despite his persona non grata status in Thailand) after officials used a special direction to waive "good character" requirements.
In 2001, his main source of income was a company called Kimvestor, which he valued at 200 million euros.
He is known for spending his money on expensive cars and boats.