Friday 21 October 2016

McKillen reveals his 'true ambition' to the Wall Street Journal... and it isn't property

Published 07/08/2016 | 02:30

Investor Paddy McKillen
Investor Paddy McKillen

Paddy McKillen may be known as one of Ireland's most successful property investors, but in an interview due for publication in the Wall Street Journal this coming Friday, the Belfast-born businessman may well have revealed his true ambition.

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"I'm probably the most frustrated architect or artist: I can't draw a straight line - I leave that to the experts," McKillen says for a feature on Chateau La Coste, the 600-acre estate he owns in the heart of Provence. Since acquiring the property in 2002, McKillen has transformed the original family-owned estate and vineyard into an organic winery and art and architecture park featuring the works of 26 of the world's leading architects and artists.

"I just love being around artists," he says. "If you asked me what would be my best Saturday afternoon, it would be to spend it in an artist's studio," McKillen adds, referring to his passion for art.

Commenting on the careful manner in which the works of artists such as Sean Scully and renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando are placed within Chateau La Coste's grounds, he says: "The last structures on the land were built by the Romans, so I was very careful to respect every tree, every blade of grass and every herb."

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