We have chatted about the growing influence of Chinese domain investors in the domain industry before, however today I checked out ntldstats.com to review the top 100 largest holders of new gTLD domain names and found 89 of the top 100 domain holders are from China.
That number gets even more dramatic when you take into account that of the 11 non-Chinese largest new gTLD domain holders in the top 100, 6 of those are registries or domain holders related to new gTLD registries:
North Sound Names (Uniregistry) is still the top registrant of new gTLD’s with over 230,000
Real Estate Domains LLC (RED), NAR’s official operator of the .REALTOR TLD has over 73,000 registrations and is the 7th largest domain registrant.
Emerald Names is the 27th largest new gTLD registrant and appears to be the sales arm of Minds + Machines which operates the .London TLD on behalf of the city
Famous Four Media which is a portfolio owner of new gTLD’s is number 50 on the top 100 list.
.Feedback has over 14,000 domain names registered and is number 58 on the top 100 list
DotWebsite Inc. (.website) which is operated by Radix has admin contact information for Directi is number 88.
Discounting registrants of new gTLD’s that are registries or associated with them, leaves only 5 domain holders out of the top 100 that are not from China.
Likewise, discounting those 6 registrants, the top 25 new gTLD registrants are all from China, as are 48 out of the top 50.
I would argue having 95% of your top customers in any global industry, residing in one country is a problem, and being that they are in China is a bigger problem.
It currently takes 9,905 domain names to make the top 100 domain registrant list for new gTLD’s.