Landing the right domain name for a business can mean the difference between a booming success and a total flop. A domain name is essentially internet real estate, and domains like insurance.com and hotels.com are the ocean front lots of the web.
The following are 10 of the most expensive domain names ever sold.
*Descriptions are sourced from each website respectively.
10. Hotels.com — $11 million (2001)
Price Guarantee on Thousands of Top-Rated Hotels. Book & Save Now! Book Online. Download App. Types: Hotel, Resort, Motel, Apartment, Vacation rental, B&Bs, All-Inclusive, Lodge, Villa, Hostel.
9. [Domain Name Censored] — $13 million (2010)
8. Fund.com — £9.99 million (2008)
Fund.com is an investment news provider covering special situations and corporate event investing.
Special situations include merger arbitrage, liquidations, rights offerings, tender offers and modified dutch tender offers, SPACs, contingent value rights and more. The goal of special situations investing is to bear risk of a corporate event, rather than a market risk. Check out our resources page for more details.
7. Insure.com — $16 million (2009)
Compare rates from updated data & get cheap insurance quotes from multiple insurance companies providing, home, life, health,auto & homeowners insurance.
6. 360.com — $17 million (2015)
Redirects to 360totalsecurity.com
Free antivirus 360 Total Security is a leader in antivirus software. With a billion active internet users, 360 has earned a strong reputation for excellence.
5. Internet.com — $18 million (2009)
The original source for all things Internet: internet-related news and resources, domain names, domain hosting and DNS services, free website builders, email…
4. PrivateJet.com — $30.18 million (2012)
The best private jet charter prices on the most popular routes. Request a quote today!
3. VacationRentals.com — $35 million (2007)
It’s Easier Than Ever To Plan And Book Your Vacation With VacationRentals.com®. Secure Online Payments. Listings in 190 Countries. Over 1 Million Listings. More Space than a Hotel. Types: Cabins, Condos, Villas, Vacation Homes.
2. Insurance.com — $35.6 million (2010)
Easily compare insurance rates from top companies. Save time & money when searching for the best auto, life, home, or health insurance policy online.
1. CarInsurance.com — $49.7 million (2010)
Compare car insurance quotes and find all the information you need to save on your car insurance policy.
Honorable Mention: LasVegas.com — $90 million (2005-2040)
Finance professional and domain name guru George Kirikos spotted an SEC document that shows Vegas.com purchased LasVegas.com in 2005 in a deal that could be worth up to a $90 Million Dollars.
TheDomains.com cites that “In June 2005, VEGAS.com, LLC entered into an agreement for the purchase of LasVegas.com on the following terms:
The agreement specified that a $12,000,000, one-time payment be made upon execution of the agreement along with monthly payments of approximately $83,000 for 36 months, $125,000 for the next 60 months, and then $208,000 for the next 36 months.
Per the terms of the agreement, after June 30, 2016, following the 132 initial monthly payments, VEGAS.com, LLC in its sole discretion may terminate the agreement and forfeit the domain name.
If VEGAS.com, LLC chooses not to terminate the agreement, they will continue making the monthly payments of approximately $208,000 until June 30, 2040, at which time the seller will transfer the domain name to VEGAS.com, LLC without further payment or cost to VEGAS.com, LLC.”