Monday 20 November 2017

Young Irish stars are ones to watch, says 'Forbes'

Entrepreneur John Collison
Entrepreneur John Collison
Patrick Collison, founder of Stripe
Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki. Photo: Getty images
Niall Horan of One Direction
Colm Kelpie

Colm Kelpie

IF you feel like an underachiever, turn away now.

An Irish pop star, sports star and sibling business stars have been selected as ones to watch by the influential business magazine 'Forbes' -- and they're all under the age of 30.

Limerick entrepreneurs Patrick and John Collison, golfer Rory McIlroy, gaming firm founder Terry Cavanagh and Niall Horan of boyband One Direction all made the cut for the '30 under 30' list.

The magazine has selected the most influential 450 young people in selected fields ranging from finance and technology to Hollywood, science and art.

Patrick and John Collison, aged 25 and 23 respectively, were listed in the tech section. The brothers developed online payments company Stripe. It processes billions of euro worth of payments a year for thousands of companies in 11 countries.

Sporting superstar McIlroy (24) was listed for already having two major championships under his belt.

"Since early 2013, he's landed sponsorships with Nike, Bose and Swiss watchmaker Omega," the magazine said.

The music category has the youngest of the Irish stars in the guise of Niall Horan, of boy band One Direction.

The magazine selected One Direction itself as one to watch, as each of its members range in age from 19 to 22.

It pointed out that the world's biggest boy band continues to cash in, grossing over $1m per city in earnings over the past year.

Mr Cavanagh, the 29-year-old director of Distractionware Ltd, is described as a "prolific designer of smart, often experimental games".

'Forbes' says its list is a tally of the brightest stars in 15 different fields under the age of 30. "This is an exhilarating time to be young and ambitious," it said.

Irish Independent

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