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Tuesday 21 November 2017

The five young Irish stars who are 'the ones to watch' according to Forbes

Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

INFLUENTIAL business magazine has selected five Irish people under 30 as 'ones to watch'.

The magazine has unveiled its '30 under 30' list.

It selected 450 young people in fields ranging from finance and technology to Hollywood, art and science.

It then tallied people from across the 15 different fields and compiled the list.

Five young Irish people - including two brothers - managed to make their way on to the list.

One is from the field of arts, the other from sport and the remaining three all made their way onto the technology list.

The magazine said on publication of the list: "This is an exhilarating time to be young and ambitious".




Rory McIlroy


The Irish golfer is already one of the wealthiest under 30s on the island - and the magazine expects his earnings to continue to grow this year. He's already landed two majors and lucrative sponsorship deals with Nike, Bose and Swiss watchmaker Omega. The magazine estimated his earnings last year had passed the €30m mark.


Niall Horan

One Direction's Irish star Niall Horan


The Mullingar heartthrob is one of the youngest people to make it on to the list. At just 20-years-old he is already a multimillionaire thanks to the huge success of band One Direction. The band are an earning phenomenon - it is estimated for every city the band toured during last year's world tour they cashed in to the tune of almost €1m. It is estimated Horan and each of his band mates have made around €5m each from their time in band.


The Collison brothers

The Collison brothers, John (L) and Patrick (R)


You may not even have heard of them - but these two Limerick brothers could be one of Ireland's greatest technology success stories. John (23, pictured left) and Patrick (25, pictured right) developed an online payment company called Stripe. The company now processes billions of euro worth of payments every year for thousands of companies in 11 countries. Patrick won the BT Young Scientist competition in 2005. In 2007 they set up software company 'Shuppa' (a play on the word 'siopa') in Limerick. The company merged with another California based company and just the following year the brothers became overnight millionaires by selling the company to Canadian company Live Current Media.


Terry Cavanagh

Terry Cavanagh


29-year-old Terry Cavanagh is described by the magazine as a 'prolific designer of smart, often experimental games'. He is based in London and his best known works include  the games VVVVVV and Super Hexagon among others. 


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