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Inside the mind of Dermot Desmond

In his first major Irish interview for nearly a decade, Ireland's most celebrated deal-maker on his continuing admiration for Charles Haughey, why he wants George Bush to win the US election, why he left Ireland in 1994 - and the key to his astonishing business success

Dermot Desmond is rich beyond most mortals' wildest fantasies, but he is still as driven as the day he set up his legendary company NCB nearly 25 years ago. His latest venture, launched this week, is Vivas Health - which is set to slug it out with the health-insurance giants, VHI and Bupa. Yet again he is challenging the status quo.

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