The latest records published in last Sunday’s Independent revealed that Donegal’s seven richest people are now worth a staggering €764 million.
Donegal’s richest man is undoubtedly the hard-working, down-to-earth businessman Hugh Green whose wealth is a staggering €240 million which almost represents a third of the combined total of the seven.
Last year the Sunday Independent valued him at just €80 million so he called them up and told them they had their figures wrong!
He owns more than 3,000 acres of land near Auckland in New Zealand and they just aren’t making land anymore. Green is known as a very decent and ordinary man and comes home to potter about Donegal every summer.
Next in line is the former Formula One racing tycoon Paddy McNally who comes in a second with a personal fortune of €205 million.
And all those days in her dad Leo Brennan’s bar, singing with the family band Clannad have obviously paid off for Enya who is now worth a cool €110 million. Enya has obviously not let the money go to her head and lives a relatively low key and private life.
Even though there has been a decrease in quotas and many in the fishing industry struggling, the McHugh family from Killybegs have shown that there is still money to be made with an estimated wealth of €76 million,
From the very first moment that Michael Flately tapped his feet on the wooden boards of the Point Theatre there was no doubt that this group of Irish dancers originally recruited as the “half-time” act for Eurovision would deliver a €68 million payout to Moya Doherty and partner John McColgan.
The personable Sir Gerry Robinson, born in Dunfanaghy and now living in Raphoe, and now the owner of his own fully licensed train will still be able to afford a few pints on the luxurious Queen Elizabeth not to mention his own private railway bar with a fortune of €42 million.
Financier Sean Ewing may not be a household name but having moved from hedge funds, he now owns a yacht-painting firm and has a nice little nest-egg of €23 million. He presently lives in Majorca and has since sold his hedge fund business.