Famous Entrepreneurs from Ireland

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

    Denis O'Brien (born 19 April 1958) is an Irish businessman and the founder and owner of Digicel and Communicorp. He was listed among the World's Top 200 Billionaires in 2015 and is also Ireland's richest native-born citizen. His business interests also extend to aircraft leasing (Aergo Capital), utilities support (Actavo), petroleum (Topaz Energy, until 2016), and football (soccer), being a minority shareholder of Celtic F.C.. O'Brien was implicated by the Moriarty Tribunal as having improperly influenced the decision to award a mobile phone license to the Esat Digifone consortium, which he chaired.
    • Age: 65
    • Birthplace: Republic of Ireland
  • Dermot Desmond
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    Dermot Desmond

    Dermot Desmond is an Irish businessman and financier. He is estimated to be worth €2.04 billion and is ranked by the Sunday Independent as the ninth-richest person in Ireland.
    • Age: 73
    • Birthplace: Macroom, Republic of Ireland
  • Ian Clarke
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    Ian Clarke

    Ian Clarke is a physician, missionary, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and politician in Uganda. Since May 2011, he has been mayor of Makindye Division, one of the five administrative units of the Kampala Capital City Authority.
    • Age: 71
    • Birthplace: County Armagh, United Kingdom
  • Edmund Patrick Jordan, OBE (born 30 March 1948), also known as EJ, is an Irish former motorsport team boss, businessman and television personality. Born in Dublin, Jordan worked first at the Bank of Ireland. He won the Irish Kart Championship in 1971 and moved to Formula Ford in 1974. He was the founder and owner of Jordan Grand Prix, a Formula One constructor which operated from 1991 to 2005. He was the chief analyst for Formula One coverage on the BBC from 2009 to 2015 before joining Channel 4 after BBC pulled out in 2016. In February 2016, it was announced that Jordan would join Top Gear as a presenter.
    • Age: 75
    • Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • Ian Clarke

    Ian Clarke (born 16 February 1977) is the original designer and lead developer of Freenet.
    • Age: 46
    • Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • Moya Doherty
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    Moya Doherty

    Moya Doherty (born 1957, in Pettigo, County Donegal, Ireland) is a Dublin-raised Irish entrepreneur and the producer and co-founder of Riverdance.
    • Age: 66
    • Birthplace: Pettigo, Republic of Ireland