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Denis O'Brien

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Net worth 2018: $4.57 Billion
Industry: Telecom
Residence: Republic of Ireland
Country: Ireland
BirthDay: 19 April 1958
Sigh: Taurus
Children: 4
Education: Master of Business Administration, Carroll School of Management
BIOGRAPHY

Denis O'Brien was bornon 19 April 1958 in Republic of Ireland, Ireland. Denis O'Brien is #465 in List Billionaires People In The World. Cell phone tycoon Denis O'Brien runs and owns 94% of Digicel, a mobile phone network provider that operates in the Caribbean and Asia Pacific in Haiti, Panama, El Salvador and Papua New Guinea, among other countries, braving coups, riots and threats of nationalization. He endears his firm to the masses by cutting prices and donating to local causes. Following the catastrophic 2010 earthquake in Haiti he funded the restoration of Port-au-Prince's 19th-century Iron Market, and his Digicel Foundation built 150 schools. He also cofounded the Front Line Defenders to protect and provide emergency support for human rights activists in danger. The son of a political activist, he once sold horse pills, but had his big break selling his Irish mobile outfit, Esat Telecom Group, to British Telecom Group at height of telecom boom in 2000 for $2.8 billion. He also has investments in media, healthcare and the PGA Catalunya and Quinta do Lago resorts on the Iberian peninsula.

NET WORTH STATISTIC
2009

$2.2 Billion

2010

$3.5 Billion

2011

$4.2 Billion

2012

$5 Billion

2013

$5.2 Billion

2014

$6 Billion

2015

$6.8 Billion

2016

$5.7 Billion

2017

$4.7 Billion

2018

$4.57 Billion

TIMELINE
2016

"In September 2016, during the 2016 US Presidential election, Republican candidate Donald Trump's campaign produced a lengthy e-mail to the media criticising Hillary Clinton's relationship with O'Brien

2015

On 16 June 2015 Counsel for Mr O'Brien informed the High Court that he was suing the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission, Ireland and the Attorney General over remarks made by Independent TD Catherine Murphy and Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty about his banking affairs (following his above lawsuit against RTÉ) in an alleged breach of parliamentary privilege, violating his constitutional rights and his rights under the European Convention on Human Rights

2014

On Saturday 19 July 2014, group editor of INM Stephen Rae ordered the presses to be stopped to amend a column written by Sunday Independent editor Anne Harris which featured references to O'Brien

2013

According to The Irish Times, Clinton's 2013 speaking engagement at Dublin's Conrad Hotel was "facilitated largely by his friend" Denis O'Brien

2012

In 2012, President Michel Martelly of Haiti awarded O'Brien with the National Order of Honour and Merit for his investments, contributions and promotion of the country

2011

In 2011, Bill Clinton flew to Ireland on O'Brien's private jet to attend the Global Irish Economic Forum

2010

O'Brien and the Clintons were prominent investors of time and money in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake

2009

68 million in 2009, with the number of employees decreasing from 166 to 15 over the same period

2008

On 13 February 2008, Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney confirmed that O'Brien was funding the wages of Ireland national soccer team manager Giovanni Trapattoni

2007

At the beginning of June 2007, O'Reilly tabled a resolution to strengthen rules on the disclosure of beneficial interests

2006

O'Brien's move to Malta was revealed in a March 2006 filing to the Companies Registration Office (CRO), which listed O'Brien's residential address in Malta

2005

In September 2005, O'Brien was named deputy governor of the Bank of Ireland

2003

O'Brien supported the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games, holding the title "Chairman of Council of Patrons

2001

In 2001, he founded telecoms provider Digicel in Jamaica

2000

O'Brien took up residency in Portugal some time before Esat Telecom's sale to BT in 2000

1999

In 1999, O'Brien founded aircraft leasing company Aergo Capital – registered in Dublin, with offices in Johannesburg, Nairobi, Santiago and Singapore

1997

On 7 November 1997, Esat Telecom Group plc held an initial public offering and was listed on the Irish Stock Exchange, London Stock Exchange, and NASDAQ Stock Markets

1995

In 1995, O'Brien set up and chaired the Esat Digifone consortium, which submitted a bid for the second Irish GSM mobile phone licence

1992

It launched its radio operations in Ireland that same year and entered the Czech Republic in 1992

1990

O'Brien set up and chaired the Esat Digifone consortium which acquired a mobile phone licence in the 1990s

1982

After winning a scholarship from Boston College while attending UCD, he completed an MBA in corporate finance there in 1982

1977

O'Brien studied politics, history and logic at University College Dublin, graduating in 1977

1972

That cousin, Donald MacAllister, is the son of O'Brien's paternal Aunt Maureen, who was killed in a collision with a car driven by a 36-year-old Michael Smurfit in Dublin's Foxrock suburb in 1972

1958

Denis O'Brien (born 19 April 1958) is an Irish businessman and the founder of Digicel

1038

Based in Dublin, the company now owns 42 radio stations in eight European countries, including Ireland's Newstalk, Today FM, Dublin's 98FM, SPIN 1038, TXFM and SPIN South West

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