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Emmet Oliver: Quinn torn apart while swimming with sharks

Emmet Oliver

Published 15/04/2011 | 05:00

Despite the humble trappings and low-key profile, Quinn was ambitious for his business
Despite the humble trappings and low-key profile, Quinn was ambitious for his business

YESTERDAY was undoubtedly the darkest day in Sean Quinn's business career and arguably his life.

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But the seeds of Quinn's destruction were sown many years ago when a previously risk averse, rural businessman decided to play the markets and came off second best.

Until quite recently the tycoon was reported to be worth €4.1bn by 'Forbes' magazine; he was Ireland's richest man and his insurance-industrial holdings business was the envy of virtually everyone in Irish business.

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