Forget about getting an expensive MBA. Avoca, Co Wicklow-born Terry Clune (43) started off selling chicken burgers in KFC, before going on to become one of the country's most successful financial tech entrepreneurs.
He owns Kilkenny-based Taxback, which processes more thanseas tax reclaims for everyone from multinationals to football clubs and backpackers. It now has 1,000 staff and must be worth well more than €300m.
He also has a 55pc of fast growing money transfer business Transfermate, which is on target to process $20bn a year by 2020. Clune funds the €1.7m running costs of ConnectIreland, a NGO which rewards people for bringing jobs to Ireland.