Clare man Fitzgerald (70) is the biggest private pub owner in the country, with The Stag's Head, Kehoes, and Big Tree in Dublin city centre plus a stack of mega-pubs scattered around the M50.
There are also pubs in Galway, Maynooth and Lucan and a four-star hotel. The Charles Bronson lookalike also owns real estate. His Ocsas holding company had pre-tax profits of €10.1m boosted by the sale of a property. There were net assets of €73m.