Galway brothers Anthony (58), Padraig (57), Thomas (56) and Liam (52) Smyth run the Smyths toy empire. It’s Ireland’s biggest toy seller with 22 shops and is expanding fast across the UK, with 55 stores. Boosted by the ubiquitous Frozen, sales topped €272m in its UK business last year.
The Irish operations are likely to have generated over €110m. Margins are extremely tight as retail — especially toy-selling — is a tough business. The brothers also own pubs and commercial property and shared €14.1m pay back in 2007.