Born in Drogheda, Co Louth, Brosnan's roles have included a stint as James Bond. Brosnan (64) also starred in Mamma Mia! and a remake of the Thomas Crown Affair. Most recently he starred as a former IRA man in Foreigner in which he bore a striking similarity to Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams.
The musician and campaigner, best known for coming up with Live Aid, was recently embroiled in a controversy with Dublin City Council over Aung San Suu Kyi's freedom of the city honour. Geldof (66), who made his fortune in TV production, also donated a vast archive of material from the Band Aid Africa famine relief effort to the Irish State.
The chief executive of Irish cloud communications company Blueface had a fantastic start to 2018. Trinity graduate Foy (36), who went to Mount Temple school, and his fellow shareholders agreed a $500m merger with US rival, Star2Star Communications. Blueface has a complex shareholding structure but the deal put a significant value on stakes held by Foy, who holds his shares through vehicle Venturewave, and his fellow shareholders.
Hotelier Xavier McAuliffe (72) has returned to his luxurious Lyrath Estate Hotel in Kilkenny after buying it back for €25m from receivers who took control of it from the investment consortium he had led during the crash. He has just finished a €5m revamp of the property and is planning a major retirement village on the site. McAuliffe, who also owns Ireland's speed camera operator GoSafe, originally made his money through the Spectra Photo empire that he started in the 1960s in his garden shed in Listowel, Co Kerry.
Boyle from Co Down is the major shareholder in Boylesports, the biggest privately-owned betting firm in Ireland. As a young man, he gave up drinking and set up a bookies, which has become a major force in the Irish bookmaking landscape. A number of his children are involved in the business from which he stood down as CEO this year. The gambling industry is facing into a challenging time with more regulation being introduced.
Vet Michael Burke (60) set up a generic veterinary drugs manufacturing business in Loughrea, Co Galway in 1985. The business, Chanelle Group, has sales of over €100m. Michael's daughter Chanelle McCoy (41), who is married to former champion jockey AP McCoy and is a dragon on Dragons' Den, heads the generic human medicines side of the business.
Dubliner Collins (47) has a knack for investing in high growth companies. He was Sarah Newman's partner at Needahotel, which was bought for €60m in 2006, and he made about €20m out of 123.ie. Married to former Celebrity Big Brother contestant Luisa Zissman, he is an investor at electricity business PrePay Power.
Entrepreneur-turned-artist Campbell (75) trained in hotel management in Dublin, London and Sweden before returning to Ireland to start his own business in contract catering in 1967. It grew to become a massive catering group which took over the Bewleys coffee brand before being bought out by Aramark for over €60m. He is now an acclaimed sculptor based in Italy.
Don Maher (57) is a major shareholder in Fonua, the country's largest mobile phone distribution company which he bought with a colleague as part of an MBO some years back. Vodafone Ireland had also been a shareholder in Fonua but sold its 49pc stake to Maher and his business partner Fergus de Burca last year. Dublin-based Maher is also an investor in the retail chain, Homestore + More.
Originally from Cork and now based in Switzerland, Peter (66) and Mary (67) own the largest stake in the Musgrave group, which runs the SuperValu and Centra supermarket businesses. Their 15pc holding is growing in value as the company is faring well in the highly-competitive Irish grocery market. Other family members own smaller stakes.
Dublin-born serial entrepreneur Bryan Meehan sold the hip San Francisco-based coffee chain he heads in a $500m (€420m) deal with Nestlé. Bono and Ali Hewson were among the investors who will share in the windfall after the Swiss giant bought a majority stake in Blue Bottle Coffee. Meehan invested in the company in 2012 and as CEO has led dramatic growth across California and into Japan. He previously founded the high-end Fresh & Wild chain of organic supermarkets in London that was later sold to Whole Foods.
Stone (59), an ESB alumnus and former head of the Construction Industry Federation, owns Designer Group, a firm of engineering contractors he founded in 1992 that had a turnover of €160m last year. In recent months it bought PPS, a US energy consultancy firm and is eyeing further acquisitions.
Belgravia-based John Kennedy (68) decided to stand down from his position as executive chairman of UAE-headquartered oil rig builder Lamprell last April and to resume his role as a non-executive chairman. Lamprell cut its profit forecast in November and the shareprice has been on a downward slide. Kennedy had earned €31m when floating his oil services firm Wellstream in 2007. Four years later, GE bought the company for €1.3bn, netting Kennedy €22m.
Private equity mogul O'Shea (51) is originally from Kerry but is now based in Geneva. He originally made his money from European recruitment firm Atlanco Rimec before founding his investment vehicle Kerten Group, investing in hotels, clothing, property and engineering businesses across Eastern Europe, Africa and Turkey. It also owns part of Turkey's biggest chocolate-maker, Elit Cikolata. He is believed to have a significant real estate portfolio.
Belfast-born Harvey McGrath, 65, made his fortune in London where he was chairman of Prudential and the Man hedge fund. He now serves as the chairman of Big Society Capital and Heart of the City, promoting philanthropy in London. He has a €15m house in Holland Park, London and has made substantial donations to a range of causes.
Monaco-based Dublin man Eddie Jordan (70) set up a racing team in 1991 and sold out for around €75m in 2005. Jordan, who has a penchant for yachts, owns a small stake in Irish food company Valeo Foods, which bought biscuit-maker Jacob's in 2011. Now a Channel 4 Formula 1 pundit, he is one of the highest-paid Irish public speakers on the circuit.
Kerry-based entrepreneur Kennelly (57) sold his photo archive business Stockbyte for €110m. His latest venture is Tweak, a design business. Kennelly is also involved in a not-for-profit technology accelerator in Co Kerry. It emerged from the Paradise Papers that he and Ray Nolan bought a $4.5m private plane in 2016 using an Isle of Man-linked structure that allowed them avoid paying VAT.
Entrepreneur and hotelier Michael Holland (62) has sold his holiday business, Irish Welcome Tours, to a UK rival for a reported €20m last year. Among his assets is the Fitzwilliam Hotel on St Stephen's Green in Dublin, which he is currently expanding. The owner of the Ampleforth Group, he is a keen yachtsman.
Mayo-man Frank Salmon (52) owns 85pc of fast-growing technology distribution group CMS Distribution. In 2016, turnover rose 82pc to a record high. The Kiltimagh-headquartered company established by the former EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, reported revenues of £325m (€369m) for 2016, up from £178m (€202m) a year earlier. Pretax profits more than doubled to £10m (€11.3m) from £4.2m (€4.8m).
Murphy (50) is the founding partner of a new €1bn fund, 8c Capital, which will invest in healthcare and consumer services. Formerly a partner at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co, he played a key role in KKR's investments in Alliance Boots, Ambea, The Hut Group, LGC, SBS Broadcasting and Webhelp and currently serves on the board of directors of Walgreens Boots Alliance and The Hut Group.
In 2016, Kenny (66) stepped down from the board of Paddy Power after 28 years with the company he co-founded and helped turn into a €10bn gambling industry phenomenon with rapid international expansion, booming profits and an irreverent attitude. He is a backer of successful car parts website, MicksGarage.com.
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