Paul Coulson, Irish Billionaire

Paul Coulson is an Irish Billionaire and a majority shareholder in Ardagh PLC, the 2nd largest manufacturer of rigid packaging in the world. He is the 9th wealthiest person in Ireland with a net worth of $1.51 billion. Apart from Ardagh, Coulson also has major stakes in Fanad Fisheries (a salmon farming entity) and Sterile Technologies (a sterilizer manufacturer). 

Coulson has steered Ardagh from a tiny glass bottle producer to global supremacy through a winning strategy of buying out smaller competitors. Notably, he orchestrated a deal where Ardagh sold one of his bottling sites for a whopping €412 million after buying it for a meagre fraction of that price. 

Very little is known about Coulson’s personal life due to the fact that he is extremely media-shy. However, he is married to Moya Coulson (née Wall). He attended Trinity College, Dublin and began his career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in London. As such, Paul has been a devoted alumnus of the college: he helped create the Pavillion Bar, a major income earner for the college in addition to steering the Trinity Ball back to profitability. Despite owning a very expensive piece of property on Shrewsbury Road, the Coulsons reside in Paris.

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