Anthony O'Reilly

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Person.png Anthony O'Reilly  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(billionaire, businessman, rugby player)
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O'Reilly in New Zealand in 1959
Born7 May 1936
Dublin, Ireland
Alma materBelvedere College, University College Dublin, University of Bradford
Rugby player who became Ireland's first billionaire. Media owner. 1993 Bilderberg.

Sir Anthony Joseph Francis O'Reilly is an Irish former businessman and international rugby union player. He is known for his involvement in the Independent News & Media Group, which include the highest circulation daily and Sunday papers in Ireland, and which he led from 1973 to 2009,[1] and as former CEO and chairman of the H.J. Heinz Company. He was the leading shareholder of Waterford Wedgwood. Perhaps Ireland's first billionaire, as of 26 May 2014 O'Reilly was being pursued in the Irish courts for debts amounting to €22 million by AIB, following losses amounting to hundreds of millions of euros in his unsuccessful attempt to stop Denis O'Brien from assuming control of Independent News & Media.[2]

As a rugby player, he represented Ireland, the British and Irish Lions and the Barbarians and is enshrined as a member of the International Rugby Board's Hall of Fame. O'Reilly has six children and 19 grandchildren and is married to Chryss Goulandris. He lived in Lyford Cay in the Bahamas until 2017, when the property was sold for less than €12 million as part of a bankruptcy arrangement.[3] O'Reilly now lives in Chateau des Ducs de Normandie in Bonneville-sur-Touques in France.[3][4]


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/198313 May 198315 May 1983Canada
Château Montebello
The 31st Bilderberg, held in Canada
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