Kildare wealthy doing well in Rich List

Most estimates are of increased wealth

Henry Bauress


Henry Bauress


Kildare wealthy doing well in Rich List

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It has been a steady year for most of Kildare linked wealthy, according to the latest Rich List from the Sunday Times.

It said that ten years after one of the worst downturns in the country’s history, Ireland’s rich have never been richer.

But there have been casualties.

The newspaper notes the that the US cable television billionaire, John Malone, paid €26.5 million for the Castlemartin, Kilcullen estates following Sir Tony O'Reilly's financial difficulties. Its understood Sir Tony's parents are buried there.

Ned Guinness (48), the Kildare born fourth Earl of Iveagh and the Guinness family, a descendant of Guinness founder and Kildare man, Arthur, - Celbridge claims to be Arthur’s birthplace - saw the family fortune edge up slightly (by a €1m) from €1.047 billion to €1.048 billion. They lie at No 15 in the the top 300 List.

Clongowes Wood, Clane educated, Michael O’Leary, is in at No 16 with wealth of €1.032 billion, up €32m.

The Comer brothers, who have horse interest in Kildare, are in at No 17, with estimates assets of €909m, up €3m on the previous years.

The Ryan family, which own the Lyons estate, are in at No 19 with €825, up €35.

In at No 26 are the Murphy family, including Kildare based Bernard. Their wealth is estimated at €455m, up €49 on the previous years.

The assets of the Smurfit family, which owns the K Club is put at €425m, up €3m on last year, putting them at No 31 on the list.

The Musgrave retailing family, which run a big centre at Kilcock among other things, are in at No 44 with €293m.

Desmond and Kildare linked Caroline Downey are in at No 27 with €202m.

Mondello Park owner, Martin Birrane, is listed at No 101 with €145m.

Noel Furlong of Furling Investments, who is in the  flooring business at No 137 with €107m.

Des Pettit, who has supermarket interest in south Kildare, is in at €105m at No 139.

Ray Coyle, of the Ashbourne based Tayto Park, who is involved in the Limetree Hall development in Maynooth near Carton Park, is in at No 289 with an estimated wealth of €52.