Property Bulletin: The big spenders
The billionaire American tv mogul is possibly descended from the Malones of Barronstown in Westmeath. If so, a portrait of the most famous ancestor, the Shakespearean actor Richard Malone, hangs in the National Gallery. Will have a monstrous job restoring Humewood in Co Wicklow.
With a name like that there is no obvious Irish connection. But Noell, who made a fortune in private equity in the United States with his partner John Moores, came to Ireland because of the bloodstock industry.
When all the other property empires came tumbling down they came out of nowhere to snap up Palmerstown House near Naas, Co Kildare. Their major Dublin project in Ballsbridge, D4, is stalled as they apply for residential rather than office use for the huge structure beside what was Jury's Hotel. Brian Comer lives in Hertforshire, England while Luke (left) lives in Dunboyne, Co Meath.
The Chicago-born hoofer spent a fortune of his tap dancing money restoring Castle Hyde outside Fermoy, Co Cork, the ancestral home of Douglas Hyde, Ireland's first president.
Sir David Davies
Bought Abbeyleix House from the De Vesci family in 1995 and has become a role model for the new aristocracy in terms of restoration projects. An international banker his parents first bought a more modest property in Ireland in the 1940s. He has been appointed President of the Wexford Opera Festival Trust.
On-line car parts have made him a fortune that allows him to walk in the footsteps of Edward Martyn (founder of the Abbey) and Lord Hemphill. Bought Tulira Castle at a knock-down price and can now live like a lord.