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Friday 15 December 2017

Ten richest sports stars

Success at sports has been transferred into the boardroom on many occasions, with some of Ireland's best known tycoons also doing the business on the playing field. Still, we think some of the current sports stars may have had their fortunes overvalued in recent years.

1. Paddy McNally €230m

Donegal-born McNally was one of Bernie Ecclestone's key allies in the transformation of F1 into a multizillion dollar sport. His trackside advertising and corporate hospitality firm was sold for over €275m.

2. Barney Eastwood €105m

Bookie Barney Eastwood promoted Barry McGuigan all the way up to world champion, when he won the belt in 1985. Eastwood went on to sell his chain of bookies to Ladbrokes.

3. Martin Birrane €87m

Mayo's Martin Birrane has most of his wealth stacked up in property, but he is also involved in motor racing through his Lola Cars. He broke the Irish land speed record in 1990.

4. Eddie Irvine €40m

Former F1 driver Eddie Irvine invested heavily in property after retiring.

5. Eddie Jordan €34m

Eddie Jordan has lived a life of luxury since selling his Jordan Formula 1 team for close to €45m. He's a keen drummer and loves sitting in with visiting bands.

6. Martin O'Neill €24m

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill was part of the Northern Ireland side that beat Spain in the 1982 World Cup. Top jobs at Leicester, Celtic and now Villa have seen him bag big salaries for 15 years.

7. Darren Clarke €22m

One of our Ryder Cup heroes, the Dungannon man is partial to a fine cigar. He can easily afford them, as he has has career earnings of €16m plus endorsements before tax.

8. Roy Keane €22m

Keane's worth was once put as high as €70m. He certainly earned an awful lot at the end of his Man Utd career and also as manager of Sunderland. But the Ipswich gig is likely to pay less.

9. Padraig Harrington €18m

Triple major-winning Rathfarnham man Padraig Harrington has won €25m so far -- but his investments were badly hit.

10. Robbie Keane €14m

Wolves, Coventry, Inter Milan, Leeds, Spurs and now Celtic wages (and signing fees) boosted the Tallaghtman's wealth.

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