Meath farmer-turned-property developer Eamon Cleary died aged just 52 in 2012, leaving most of his estate to his wife and eight children. He had amassed an extensive portfolio of commercial, retail and residential real estate in New Zealand as well as swathes of farmland.
Cleary also owned assets ranging from shopping centres and telecoms spread from Central Europe to South America, as well as the Clearsky bloodstock operation in Kentucky dairy farm acreage.
New Zealand Business Review estimated his fortune at €1bn before he died. The family is thought to be donating large sums to charity.