Former Telecom Éireann engineer Murray (72) decided he could make more money as an entrepreneur than he could digging holes for the semi-State. He set up and sold Murray Telecom and invested in the communications space.
He was a pioneer of text messaging and wireless mobile services, making €30.5m when Aldiscon was sold in 1997. He made a third fortune when Apion was bought for €240m by
Phone.com during the dotcom boom. The yacht-owning serial investor has stakes in a number of tech firms including Anam, held through his Mayfair Ventures, which has also punted on London real estate.