Porn Convention 2013
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Porn's Most Powerful Players 2013

Peter Acworth

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Peter Acworth

While "Fifty Shades of Grey" gave a boost to the entire porn industry, Acworth might be the biggest beneficiary. Acworth's the owner of, a fetish entertainment conglomerate that owns several websites and also focuses on education of bondage-related fetishes. He started the company while he was a PhD student in finance at Columbia University in 1997. In 2006, he purchased the San Francisco Armory for $14.5 million and made it the base of the company's operations. It has continued to grow since then – and at this year's Sundance Film Festival, actor James Franco will release a documentary about Acworth's empire.