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JP McManus: From horse racing to Manchester United – profiling the billionaire who bet big on Limerick hurling

Liam Collins profiles the businessman and philanthropist who started from humble farming roots and made a fortune in the high-octane world of financial trading, but whose rise to the top has not been without moments of controversy

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Limerick manager John Kiely (right) and businessman JP McManus celebrate after the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final victory last Sunday. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Limerick manager John Kiely (right) and businessman JP McManus celebrate after the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final victory last Sunday. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

JP McManus’s neo-Palladian mansion outside Kilmallock, Co Limerick, includes a 200-seater cinema

JP McManus’s neo-Palladian mansion outside Kilmallock, Co Limerick, includes a 200-seater cinema

Jockey AP McCoy chats with JP McManus at Cheltenham Races. Photo by Frank McGrath

Jockey AP McCoy chats with JP McManus at Cheltenham Races. Photo by Frank McGrath

JP McManus and his daughter Sue Ann Foley. Photo by Alan Place

JP McManus and his daughter Sue Ann Foley. Photo by Alan Place

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Limerick manager John Kiely (right) and businessman JP McManus celebrate after the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final victory last Sunday. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Unlike every other county’s, Limerick’s hurling jersey does not bear a sponsor’s logo. JP McManus, the billionaire currency trader and gambler who has poured millions into the team over the past decade, doesn’t need or want the exposure.

Like his vast horse-racing empire, it is more of a vanity project than business venture. The real money is made from a relatively small and anonymous dealing room among the ‘financial gnomes’ of Geneva, Switzerland, where he is domiciled for tax purposes.


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