Monday 24 April 2017

Conor McGregor and Collison brothers feature on annual Forbes 30 Under 30 list

Conor McGregor Photo by Joshua Dahl/Sportsfile
Conor McGregor Photo by Joshua Dahl/Sportsfile
Independent.ie Business Desk

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Conor McGregor is one of a number of Irish people to have been included in the annual Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Europe this year.

The publication said that the 28-year-old UFC fighter is "known for his aggressive fighting style".

"This versatile mixed martial arts fighter has both lightweight and featherweight championships under his belt," read the blurb on the athlete who landed a coveted place on the prestigious list.

"And The Notorious, as he's known, is making money with every punch: A single fight in August earned him a $3m purse," read McGregor's summary.

Last year, McGregor was placed no 85 on Forbes' 'World's Highest Paid Athletes' list and also achieved a place on the publication's 30 Under 30 Entertainment list for Europe this year.

Nine other Irish people name were name checked on this year's list including transgender rights campaigner, Sam Blanckensee, the co-founder of Foodcloud Iseult Ward and Patrick Carton, a designer with McLaren Automotive.

Tech brothers John and Patrick Collison - the co-founders of Stripe - also appeared on the list. 

Randall Lane, Editor of Forbes, said “The Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe list is the ultimate honor roll of the young entrepreneurs reshaping Europe for the better.

"For our second annual list, we scoured the continent for the people revamping every industry and recruited an all-star judging panel to help us determine the best of the best. The result is 300 superstars, across 10 fields, who will impact Europe for the next 50 years.”

Last year, actress Saoirse Ronan and Web Summit co-founder Daire Hickey were named on the prestigious list.

Other talented Irish individuals to have been recognised by the list in prior years include Patrick and John Collison, the founders of online payments company Stripe, golfer Rory McIlroy, CoderDojo co-founder James Whelton and games designer Terry Cavanagh.

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