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Denis O’Brien: Net Worth, House, Private Jet and Nero Yacht

Author: Peter Yachtfan

Nero Yacht

O’Brien Boat:


Yacht Length:

90 m (296 ft)


12 in 6 cabins


21 in 10 cabins




Neil Taylor




17 knots




1,384 ton



Nero Yacht Price:

US$ 70 million

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Denis O’Brien



Denis O’Brien Net Worth:

US$ 4.1 billion




April 19, 1958


Catherine Walsh


Joanne, Abigail, Denis and Kerry


Dublin, Ireland

Private Jet:

Gulfstream G650 (M-YGIG)


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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. In September 2019 Nero was damaged in a docking incident in Italy. She fell to her side in a dry dock.

Who is Denis O’Brien? 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. He was born in April 1958. He is married to Catherina and has 4 children. He is owner of the yacht Nero.


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.

And What About Communicorp?

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.

What Does He Donate To Philanthropy?

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 had donated tens of millions through his foundation.

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.

Does He Own A 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.

Where Does O’Brien Live?

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.

How Much is Denis O’Brien Worth?

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

M/Y 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.

What Did he Pay for the Yacht?

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.

Is She Available for Yacht Charter?

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

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Private Jet

Denis O’Brien House

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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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.

Dodington Park Mansion - James Dyson

An artist impression of the new wing of their house.

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The Nero yacht has a price of US$ 70 million.

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Nero in September 2019, at her dry-dock incident in Italy. Damage is still unknown. (SOURCE)

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