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Learn All You Need to Know About Denis O’Brien and his Yacht Nero.

Yacht Length: 90 m (296 ft) - Guests: 12 in 6 cabins - Crew: 20 - IMO 1008449 - Displacement: 1,384t - Corsair - 2008 - Yacht Value: US$ 70 million -

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Denis O’Brien Net Worth: US$ 4.1 billion - Digicell - Owners Country: Ireland - The yacht Nero was built in 2008 for Neil Taylor. Nero was purchased in 2014 by O’Brien,. Who sent her for a refit to Spain.

Nero Yacht - Denis O’Brien

Who is Denis O’Brien? He is an Irish billionaire. He is owner of Digicell and Communicorp. He sold his ESAT Telecom for US$ 2.8 billion.

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He is the owner and chairman of Digicell. Digicell is is a mobile phone operator. Active in the Caribbean and Central America.

Digicel started in Jamaica in 2001. Later Digicell started in Haiti, El Salvador and Honduras. The mobile phone company now has 14 million subscribers and is active in 32 countries.

O’Brien also founded the Esat Telecom Group plc. And built it throughout the 1990’s. He received help from Michael Lowry to acquire a  mobile phone licence. He was Ireland’s energy and communications minister. He sold the company to British Telecom plc for US$ 2.8 billion.


Communicorp is a media company based in Ireland. O’Brien founded Communicorp in 1989. He started radio channels in Ireland.

The company is now one of the largest independent radio networks in Ireland and the UK.  The company reached 4 billion listeners in the UK per week. With radio stations as Smooth Radio and Heart Radio. In Ireland Communicorp owns Today FM, Newstalk and many other channels.

He controls Independent News & Media plc. INM is a media organization based in Dublin, Ireland. The company owns both national and regional news papers. The two main titles are the Irish Independent and the Sunday Independent.

Iris O’Brien Foundation

O’Brien is an active philanthropist through his Iris O’Brien Foundation,. Which he named after his mother Iris. The foundation supports disadvantaged communities in Ireland and the UK.

He is also co-founder of Frontline. The International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders. And through his Digicel Foundation, O Brien supports projects in Jamaica, Haiti and Papua New Guinea.

Following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti the Digicel Foundation built 150 schools.

Private Jet

Denis O’Brien owns and has owned several Gulfstream private jets. His most recent is a 2018 Gulfstream G650 with registration M-YGIG.

He owned two other G650’s. The M-YSIX (2015) and the M-GSIX (2012). And a Gulfstream G550 (M-YBJK, 2010). But he sold them. In total he has owned 7 Gulfstream jets.

He owns the aircraft leasing company Aergo Capital.


Denis lives with his wife Catherine Walsh in a large house in Dublin, Ireland. The house was partially rebuilt in 2015. When an indoor pool was removed. It was replaced with a large living room. And an underground play room.

The photos here under show the old situation. But O’Brien also has residences in Portugal. Where he owns the Quinta do Lago golf complex. And he owns a house in Malta.

Denis O’Brien Net worth

His net worth is US$ 4.1 billion (February 2019).

Yacht Nero

Nero was built in 2008 in China at Yantai Raffles Shipyard. For Game Group founder Neil Taylor. Nero’s design was inspired by J.P. Morgan's yacht Corsair. Which was built in 1899.

The motor yacht Nero can accommodate 12 guests. And she has a crew of 20. Her interior is designed by Laura Pomponi of Luxury Projects. Nero is powered by 2 Caterpillar engines. Which bring her a top speed of 17 knots. She has a range of 4,500nm.  

Nero won the Best Motor Yacht over 75 meters Award. At the 2009 ShowBoats International Design Awards.

In 2014 Nero was purchased by Denis ‘O Brien. For a price of US$ 70 million. He sent her to MB92 in Barcelona for an intensive refit.

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The boat is available for yacht charter.   And she is not listed for sale. She has her own website.

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Nero Yacht

The yacht Nero was built in 2007 and was refitted in 2015.


The design of superyacht Nero is inspired by Corsair (built in 1899).

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yacht nero interior

Nero has a beautiful interior designed by Laura Pomponi.

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M-YGIG G650 Denis O Brien

The Gulfstream G650 M-YGIG, owned by Denis O Brien.

Denis O Brien house

O’Brien and his wife Catherina live in this amazing house in Dublin.

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An artist impression of the new wing of their house.

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