Who is Denis O’Brien?
He is an Irish billionaire. He is the 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 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 1990s. He received help from Michael Lowry to acquire a mobile phone license. 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 newspapers. The two main titles are the Irish Independent and the Sunday Independent.
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.
Denis O’Brien Net Worth
His net worth is US$ 3 billion.