"Before becoming MindGeek, the company started life as Mansef – an amalgamation of its Canadian founders names Ouissam Youssef and Stephane Manos ,as well as Youssef’s brother, Matt Keezer and another unnamed friend."
"After growing a porn empire, Thylmann sold his stake in the company to senior management – Feras Antoon and David Tassillo – in 2013 seeking ventures new."
Taken from https:// thenextweb.com/insider/2016/03/03/the-almost-invisible-men-and-women-behind-the-worlds-largest-porn-sites/#.tnw_yg7E49uS
"MindGeek itself has something of a checkered past. In 2009, the Secret Service seized $6.4 million from bank accounts controlled by Mansef, a company founded by Stephane Manos and Ouissam Youssef, the assets of which Mansef later sold to German tech investor Fabian Thylmann, who made them part of a company he owned called Manwin. Manwin would later become MindGeek. (Of the $6.4 million that was seized, $4.15 million was later released pursuant to a settlement with the federal government.) In April 2011, Manwin quietly secured a $362 million loan from Wall Street firm Colbeck Capital, founded by former Goldman Sachs employees Jason Colodne and Jason Beckman. (Goldman Sachs distanced themselves from the two.) Colbeck’s funds were in turn secured from other firms including the troubled Fortress Capital, masking the Manwin association. Having used the loan to continue to acquire tube sites and content producers, Thylman was then extradited from Belgium to Germany in 2012 for tax evasion on Manwin’s profits. In late 2013, Thylman was bought out by current CEO Ferras Antoon and COO David Tassillo, longtime players within the company, who now control operations from Montreal. (Manwin’s name was changed to Mindgeek in 2013.)"
Taken from http:// nationalpost.com/news/how-a-canadian-founded-company-youve-never-heard-of-took-control-of-the-porn-industry/wcm/f4ff2a35-5c0b-497d-8e11-d79eed37d0e6
"No on Government Waste Committee
Manwin were the biggest funders of the No on Government Waste Committee which was supported by a coalition of entertainment companies, local business organizations, community activists, adult entertainment performers and healthcare advocates." The committee ran the No on Measure B campaign. The No on Measure B campaign was supported by the Los Angeles County Federation of Republican Women, Los Angeles County Republican and Libertarian Parties, the Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA), and the Log Cabin Republicans of Los Angeles."
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