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Ireland's super wealthy battle it out in the latest Sunday Times Rich List

Familiar names are near the top but there are some young pretenders nipping at their heels.

Clockwise from top-left: Enya, Rory McIlroy, Patrick Collison and Denis O'Brien.
Clockwise from top-left: Enya, Rory McIlroy, Patrick Collison and Denis O'Brien.
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IRELAND’S RICHEST 250 people have a wealth that is equivalent to a third of the country’s GDP.

That’s according to the latest Sunday Times Rich List which counts 12 Irish billionaires.

Top of the list for the eighth successive year is Dublin-born Hilary Weston and family which has global retail and hospitality assets valued at €14.1 billion. Their wider chain of companies include Primark, Loblaws, Brown Thomas and Selfridges.

Telecommunications billionaire Denis O’Brien remains as the second richest Irish person with a wealth valued by The Sunday Times at €4.74 billion.

The richest under-30s on the list are Stripe founders Patrick and John Collison whose €1.47 billion fortune make them, at 27 and 25, the youngest and fastest billionaires in Irish history.

Golfer Rory McIlroy has entered Ireland’s top 250 for the first time with a fortune of €72 million.

That fortune puts McIlroy second behind the Collisons on Ireland’s under-30 list.

In entertainment, U2 is the highest musical act on the Irish list having again being the world’s highest-grossing live rock act last year. Their worth is put at €641 million.

Ireland’s best-selling solo artist Enya has a wealth of €117 million.

In the combined UK and Ireland list, Russian industrial tycoons David and Simon Reuben come out on top for the first time with a wealth of £13 billion (€16.8 billion).

Three days after her 90th birthday, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II comes in at 319th place on the rich list with a wealth of £340 million (€436.28 million).

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