Sunday 18 March 2018

Etchingham (62) set up his first petrol station in Ballyfermot in 1992 and decided to pitch the business as a higher end outlet with food you'd actually eat. The company grew to become one of Ireland's biggest forecourt operators and last June it raised €91.7m from investors when floating on the stockmarkets. Etchingham cashed in €15m worth of shares in the float.

The Monkstown-based petrol pumper owns about 52pc of the business via a Maltese company B&J Holdings. Shares have risen 30pc valuing his shares at €205m. Property sales and other earnings add a further €8m.

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