|John Magnier was born and bred
in Fermoy, County Cork Ireland, and is considered to be one of the
world's foremost thoroughbred stud owners. A billionaire today, Magnier
was the main driving force behind the world renowned multi-national
racehorse breeding operation, Coolmore Stud, which currently has
operations all over the globe.
In fact, with its headquarters at Fethard in County Tipperary, Coolmore
Stud is acknowledged to be the world's largest and arguably best
stallion breeding operations and thoroughbred nurseries. Magnier got his
start in the thoroughbred breeding business from a very early age after
being forced to drop out of school at the age of 15 following the death
of his father.
He took over his family farm and soon earned a reputation as something
of a natural stallion master. He went on to marry Susan O'Brien, the
daughter of Coolmore Stud partner and pre-eminent trainer Vincent
O'Brien. Later Magnier acquired a large share of Coolmore Stud and is
widely credited with building the Irish thoroughbred breeding operation
into the giant it is today.
|John Magnier has proved to be a canny businessman and investor in areas
other than those involving horses, which includes his 28.89 percent
stake in the world famous and highly profitable English football club,
Manchester United, which he sold in 2005. With homes in Ireland,
Switzerland and Barbados, John Magnier is estimated to be worth over 2
billion Euros making him one of Europe's wealthiest people.
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