Limerick's Aidan Brooks (45) started off installing TV aerials before moving into property. His Tribeca Holdings has expanded from small-time Limerick apartment deals into some top-end global real estate. Brooks is often involved in deals involving Coolmore's John Magnier and JP McManus and has assembled a portfolio including some extremely valuable properties on London's Bond Street and Oxford Street as well as in Paris and Manhattan.
During the boom he spent €12.2m doing up his house in Limerick, including a swimming pool, jacuzzi and treehouse. He later bought the Bishop of Limerick's former house for €27m, later selling it on and moving with his family to London.
Last year Tribeca sold more than $500m of retail buildings in the US including stores leased to Hermes and Graff Diamonds on New York's Madison Avenue and to Chanel in San Francisco. The proceeds were used to buy out fellow shareholders in a €1.4bn property portfolio including 100 retail outlets including the Brompton Cross Estate in Knightsbridge, stores on Bond Street and Old Spitalfields Market near the City of London financial district.