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New Entry: Founders of standout Irish retail tech company Pointy, Charles Bibby and Mark Cummins

New Entry: Founders of standout Irish retail tech company Pointy, Charles Bibby and Mark Cummins

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Big deals: The sale of payments business PFS by Meath’s Noel and Valerie Moran for €327m was one of the year’s headline-grabbers

Big deals: The sale of payments business PFS by Meath’s Noel and Valerie Moran for €327m was one of the year’s headline-grabbers

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New Entry: Founders of standout Irish retail tech company Pointy, Charles Bibby and Mark Cummins

It has been a bumper year for most of Ireland's wealthiest people. The top ten entries on the list now boast a collective wealth of more than €53bn. This is more than the total Rich List in 2010.

After some early nervousness around US trade wars and Brexit, last year delivered big returns for Ireland's richest investors. As the saying goes - it takes money to make money.

People with considerable wealth tend to pour their riches into a wide range of investments, with US tech stocks such as Apple and Alphabet, the company that owns Google, delivering stellar returns. Property had a more muted year, while most portfolios had a lower exposure to bonds than in the past. Our research suggests that wise investments last year would have boosted an individual's worth by 10 to 15pc. Many did much better than that.