Former racing car driver Keane (82) is said to have made €48m when selling his BMW franchise back to the Germans in 2003.
Sales had topped €230m in the boom. After a rough recession, consumers are back buying cars at a ferocious rate, with his Frank Keane BMW, Volkswagen and Mini dealerships making hay. His Frank Keane Holdings also distributes Mitsubishi cars and Fuso trucks. Keane owns an exceptionally rare BMW M1 classic super-car.