Thursday 18 January 2018

Businessman Leslie Buckley made his name as a company doctor, sorting out the likes of Irish Steel and producing a rescue plan which would have saved Waterford Wedgewood had it been implemented.

A close associate of Denis O'Brien he's estimated to have made about €10m from the sale of Esat and €70m from his interests in Digicel. The Cork man is also a shareholder in Siteserv, which was bought for a modest €45m and is now worth a multiple of that. He owned 25pc of Saongroup, which invested heavily in a Chinese recruitment business, before being sold. The chairman of INM, publishers of this newspaper, he is also co-founder with his wife Carmel of the Haven charity. Counting many sportsmen among his friends, Buckley is known as a shrewd investor.

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