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101domain founder Wolfgang Reile dies at 67

Kevin Murphy, April 14, 2018, 10:43:29 (UTC), Domain Registrars

Wolfgang Reile, founder and former CEO of the registrar 101domain, has died, according to his former business partner and other sources.

He died unexpectedly at 67, April 6, according to Anthony Beltran, who took over the management of 101domain from Reile when Afilias acquired it back in 2015.

Born in Munich, Reile migrated to the US in the early 1990s and founded the registrar in 1999, Beltran said. He told DI:

He was a regular fixture in the ICANN scene, was a fun guy to be around, and was a natural storyteller (once you got used to the authentic German accent)

He was a friend and mentor to many, especially the staff at 101domain, and if you knew him and his straight-forward German fashion — was very opinionated, passionate, and yelling at you only meant he considered you a friend. He brought a passionate and dedicated energy that’s rare these days.

His international business background, including a spell at Disney in Asia, inspired 101domain’s strategy of providing access to the broadest possible range of ccTLDs and gTLDs, Beltran said.

The company currently has close to 140,000 gTLD domains under management and says it has tens of thousands of clients.

After the two men sold 101domain to Afilias, Reile stepped away from the industry to focus on family, travel and other businesses, Beltran said.

He is survived by his wife and three daughters. I gather his funeral will be held in San Diego, California, later today.

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Comments (5)

  1. Bob says:

    Wolfgang was an astute businessman and a gentleman, he will be missed.

  2. Francois says:

    RIP

  3. Marc Trachtenberg says:

    Wolf was a great friend and client. He had a deep understanding of business and people and lived life with more vigor then people a third of his age. He acted swiftly and certainly without hesitation and without regrets in both business and life. His amazing energy and friendship will be dearly missed.

  4. I’m saddened to hear of Wolfgang’s passing. He was a kind, funny, opinionated, warm and acute gentleman, and I valued every (frequent) opportunity we found to chat. He will be missed, very deeply I know by his wife Svetlana, who was seeming always at his side. My sincere condolences to the Reile and 101domain families.

  5. Mike says:

    Sad news. Rest in peace, Wolfgang.

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