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ONE Direction superstar Niall Horan and golfing sensation Rory McIlroy are toasting their success after being named among the richest and most influential stars of 2014.

They are among a group of five high-flying young Irishmen listed in the influential Forbes '30 under 30' group of people to watch.

They were selected as the most influential 450 young people in selected fields ranging from finance and technology, to Hollywood, science and art.

The music category has the youngest of the Irish stars in the guise of Horan.

The financial bible 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 more than $1m (€730,000) per city in earnings in the past year.

Northern golfer McIlroy (24), one of the world's highest-paid athletes who boasts sponsorship deals with Nike, Bose and Swiss watch-maker Omega, was also singled out in the coveted list.

"Even in a down year, he's a face of the sport," Forbes said.

Monaghan-born gaming firm founder Terry Cavanagh (29) and Limerick entrepreneurs Patrick and John Collison also joined the young high-flyers. Forbes said: "These founders and funders, brand builders and do-gooders aren't waiting around for a proper career bump up the establishment ladder.


"Their ambitions are way bigger and perfectly suited to the dynamic, entrepreneurial, and impatient digital world they grew up in."

Sibling business stars, Patrick and John Collison, aged 25 and 23 respectively, came up trumps in the tech section.

The Limerick brothers are responsible for establishing online payments firm Stripe to make online payments easier in a market where options for online sellers are limited.

Former Disney starlet Miley Cyrus topped the list as her provocative antics in 2013 led to her album Bangerz selling 270,000 copies in its first week of release.

Other artists to make the cut included songbirds Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.