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.