How school dropout became a beef baron
Published 19/08/2016 | 02:30
At 15 years of age, Larry Goodman refused to return to school in Dundalk.
He had previously been made to kneel in front of his class by the Marist Fathers.
It was 1952, and Mr Goodman was already demonstrating a knack for business - and stubbornness.
Coupled with a tough work ethic (he was known to work Christmas Day to show dedication to customers in the Middle East), those attributes have held him in good stead through the decades.
With an estimated fortune of almost €800m, he and his family are now among Ireland's richest. His APB Food Group is the biggest privately-owned beef processor in Europe and he has an extensive property portfolio that includes the former Bank of Ireland HQ.
When he ditched school, Mr Goodman did a stint working for his father, a well-regarded cattle dealer.
Then he branched out on his own. His first business was collecting sheep-gut to sell as sausage skins. From that humble beginning, Mr Goodman was quickly becoming a force. He snapped up underperforming meat plants, sending in no-nonsense managers.