The “serial entrepreneur” as Jim Watkins likes to call himself, lives in the Philippines with his family. Before the birth of 8chan, Jim Watkins was in the U.S. army where he spent 20 years before learning about computers and the internet.
But however, 8chan was not his first startup. His first startup was a porn-site (yes a porn site) which he claimed was aimed towards skirting Japanese censorship law.(So much for an excuse)
He quit the military in the year 1998 to put all his focus on his so-called “internet business.” But then business was booming and Jim Watkins decided to move to the Philippines with his family where he operated a pig farm.
Jim Watkins took control of 8chan in 2014 when the official owner Frederick Brennan, cancelled everything that connected him with the site. Fredrick Brennan and Jim Watkins worked together on the site with Fredrick handling the techs and Watkins handling the logistics.
Fredrick Brennan denounced his membership to the site after multiple mass shooting incidents were found to be connected with the site, 8chan.