Former Formula One driver Irvine (49) was paid around €45m when driving for Jordan, Jaguar and Ferrari in the 1990s. He reinvented himself as a high-end property developer and investor.
In 2013, he capitalised on an improving market to sell three Florida homes worth €27m as well as a €5.5m beach house. He put his luxury home in Dalkey on the market last year with a price tag of €4m — previously it had been on sale for €6.5m. There are properties in Dublin, Milan, Ibiza and the Caribbean, where he’s developing a luxury complex on the Exuma islands. He has talked about fighting off a shark encountered in the seas of his island paradise.
Irvine has also invested in Jenkinson shipping in Northern Ireland, the Eddie Irvine Sports complex in Bangor and an online printing group. There have also been the usual trappings of an international playboy, including the €16m superyacht Anaconda (formerly owned by Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu), a Dassault Falcon, Ferraris and an AS 350 helicopter.