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List of notable or famous entrepreneurs from Ireland, with bios and photos, including the top entrepreneurs born in Ireland and even some popular entrepreneurs who immigrated to Ireland. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Irish entrepreneurs then this list is the perfect resource for you. These entrepreneurs are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known entrepreneur from Ireland is included when available.

This list contains people like Niall Kennedy and Ian Clarke.

This historic entrepreneurs from Ireland list can help answer the questions "Who are some Irish entrepreneurs of note?" and "Who are the most famous entrepreneurs from Ireland?" These prominent entrepreneurs of Ireland may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Irish entrepreneurs.

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Denis O'Brien is an Irish billionaire. O'Brien set up and chaired the Esat Digifone consortium which won a mobile phone licence in the 1990s. The Moriarty Tribunal found almost beyond doubt that O'Brien's won this contract due to payments he made to Michael Lowry, the then communications minister, who unduly influenced the bidding process. This contract formed the basis of O'Brien's fortune. He established Digicel, a major telecoms provider in the Caribbean. O'Brien formed Communicorp Group Ltd in 1989, with the company currently owning 42 radio stations in eight European countries, including Ireland's Newstalk, Today FM, Dublin's 98, Spin 1038 and Spin South West. He founded the ...more

Age: 59

Birthplace: Republic of Ireland

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Dermot Desmond is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Ireland
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Dermot Desmond is an Irish businessman, financier and tax exile. He is estimated to be worth €1.35 billion and is ranked by the Sunday Independent as the seventh-richest person in Ireland. ...more

Age: 67

Birthplace: Macroom, Republic of Ireland

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Ian Clarke is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Ireland
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Ian Clarke


Ian Clarke, MBChB BAO, DTM&H, MSc, is a physician, missionary, philanthropist, entrepreneur and politician in Uganda, the third-largest economy in the East African Community. Since May 2011, he is the current Mayor of Makindye Division, one of the five administrative units of Kampala Capital City Authority. ...more

Age: 66

Birthplace: County Armagh, United Kingdom

Eddie Jordan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Entrepreneurs from Ireland
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Edmund Patrick "Eddie" Jordan, also known as "EJ" is an Irish former motorsport team boss, businessman, entrepreneur, musician and mentor. He was the founder and owner of Jordan Grand Prix, a Formula One constructor which operated from 1991 to 2005. He is currently the lead analyst for Formula One coverage on the BBC. Born in Dublin, Jordan initially considered becoming a priest due to his religious background, and later a dentist before eventually working for the Bank of Ireland. He discovered go-kart racing on a working holiday in Jersey, later entering the Irish Kart Championship in 1971, which he won. A move to Formula Ford in 1974 resulted in consistency over two years and later he ...more

Age: 70

Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland

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