Thursday 19 October 2017

Waterford's Martin Dunphy (49) played in goal for Ireland Schoolboys, winning the under-15 European football championship in France in 1982.

His skills off the pitch would become equally impressive as he would become a highly successful specialist lender, starting a business in the front room of his Wimbledon home in 2002. Cabot Crewdit liked the idea so much that they bought his company Marlin for €360m in hard cash. Dunphy grossed about €71m but had plenty of debt to pay off. He'd earlier sold €5m in shares.

Dunphy has interests in start-ups including US firm Social Toaster as well as a hedge fund. He told the Sunday Independent that he didn't go wild after the cheque arrived. "My friends laugh at me because I drive a 14-year-old VW Sharan," he said.

For fun, he bought a racehorse, ran several marathons, did yoga retreats in Thailand and bike rides in Tibet. And

for charity, he climbed Kilimanjaro.

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