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The Sunday World Criminal Rich List Part 3

Crime DeskBy Nicola Tallant
Tom McFeely
Tom McFeely

Our rich list is a tapestry of those who choose a life of crime, but in the murky world of drugs, sex and money, a fortune can be gained and lost in the flick of an eye, or the pull of a trigger.

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€15m

'The Businessman'

Drug-dealing supremo ‘The Businessman’ runs a key part of the Kinahan outfit in the U.K. He runs a second-hand car scam to transport drugs between Spain, the U.K. and Ireland and regularly returns home to flash his cash in south Dublin. His wife is also a big spender and loves to treat her pals to fancy holidays.

9

€16m

'The Smuggler'

The criminal known as ‘The Smuggler’ is estimated to have at least €16m stashed away from his career as a dodgy ‘businessman’. The violent Ballyfermot, Dublin criminal was hit with a tax bill in excess of €2.5m almost 15 years ago, but has clawed back the money many times over.  From his Spanish villa base he organises shipments of tobacco and fireworks to the black market.

8

€17m

Martin Morgan

The Kildare native has swapped Ireland for upmarket Knightsbridge in London after making millions running brothels. ‘The Beast’ ran a tight ship and liked to keep a close eye on the cash. 

He was caught red-handed during a Garda operation at a vice den he ran in Dublin in 2005.

A court has ordered he forfeit over €252,000 in assets after it was heard that he made €4m a year from the vice trade.

Judge Frank O’Donnell described Morgan’s business as a “magnificent operation, highly sophisticated and highly rewarding and not a petty little business working on a shoestring”.

7

€18m

Gerard 'The Monk' Hutch

Hutch was adept at planning and organising robberies on premises and during cash deliveries. He was also an expert in laundering his ill-gotten gains and has gone into semi-retirement recently in Lanzarote. 

At home he owns a plush property in Clontarf and is believed to have investments in hotels and pubs across the country.

=6

€20m

Noel 'Kingsize' Duggan

The country’s top cigarette smuggler has amassed a massive nest egg from flooding the black market with cut-price fags. He has been decades in the business and in 2002 handed over the keys of business premises in Dublin worth €5m to CAB. 

He is said to have smuggled everything from toilet rolls to bottles of knock-off booze, but is staunchly anti-drugs.

=6

€20m

Tom McFeely

Nicknamed ‘the Bomber’, hunger striker McFeely is a devout IRA man turned developer who is famous for bad buildings like Priory Hall. 

Despite paying out €8m to CAB in 2006, he bought a €50k Bentley the next day.

He is bankrupt in Ireland, but Gardai believe he has squirrelled away millions – and in true IRA fashion he is suspected of having stashes hidden under floorboards.

Come back tomorrow for the final part where we reveal the Top 5!