Porn actresses line-up at the opening of the "Venus" erotic fair in Berlin October 17, 2013. The event, which represents the erotic business in the German capital, is open till October 20, 2013.

Porn could be worth more to the US than Netflix or the NFL

$15 billion

No one knows how America’s porn obsession fuels the economy, but annual revenue estimates range from under $6 billion to $15 billion, and as high as $97 billion.

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Porn actresses line-up at the opening of the "Venus" erotic fair in Berlin October 17, 2013. The event, which represents the erotic business in the German capital, is open till October 20, 2013.
$15 billion

In 2012, adult-entertainment trade publication XBIZ ran a poll that estimated the porn industry makes $5 billion a year.

Porn actresses line-up at the opening of the "Venus" erotic fair in Berlin October 17, 2013. The event, which represents the erotic business in the German capital, is open till October 20, 2013.
$15 billion

XBIZ founder Alex Helmy says that figure would likely be over $6 billion if the poll ran today.

Porn actresses line-up at the opening of the "Venus" erotic fair in Berlin October 17, 2013. The event, which represents the erotic business in the German capital, is open till October 20, 2013.
$15 billion

“The safe estimate is to say it’s worth billions, but I don’t know exactly how many billion, and no one does,” said Dan Miller, managing editor of AVN, another publication covering adult entertainment.

Porn actresses line-up at the opening of the "Venus" erotic fair in Berlin October 17, 2013. The event, which represents the erotic business in the German capital, is open till October 20, 2013.
$15 billion

Estimated US entertainment-industry revenue in 2018

Porn actresses line-up at the opening of the "Venus" erotic fair in Berlin October 17, 2013. The event, which represents the erotic business in the German capital, is open till October 20, 2013.
$15 billion

It’s tough to estimate. Researchers use many methodologies, factoring in amateur porn, web camming, sex toys, and even strip clubs. Others stick to professional media and entertainment companies.

Porn actresses line-up at the opening of the "Venus" erotic fair in Berlin October 17, 2013. The event, which represents the erotic business in the German capital, is open till October 20, 2013.
$15 billion

Despite how frequently people use porn—Pornhub alone claims it racked up 28.5 billion views last year—its economic power remains hidden among the masses.

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