To give you an idea of how lavishly Kim Dotcom spent his money: Here are the 2011 New Years’ fireworks the MegaUpload founder funded in Auckland, New Zealand. He spent $500,000 in U.S. money on this display. And this isn’t even the whole thing! It’s like three and a half minutes — the full thing is like 10 minutes long! Ars Technica has an amazing piece explaining the guy’s long history, from criminal association to lavish spending to great success … to criminal association. Great read.