Hiking along the Kokoda Trail in remote eastern Papua New Guinea last summer, Denis O’Brien discovered he didn’t have a mobile phone signal. The sturdily built Irish telecommunications tycoon knew how to fix that. He stormed into the local office of Digicel Group Ltd., the wireless operator he’d founded in 2001, and demanded that extra phone towers be erected along the route.
Irish billionaire Denis O’Brien said his contribution to Irish soccer manager’s Giovanni Trapattoni’s salary was “probably one of my better investments” even after the team lost all three games in the European Championship this month.
Independent News & Media Plc’s largest shareholder, Denis O’Brien, told the media company it should sell its South African interests and invest the proceeds in its Australian and Asian businesses, the Sunday Business Post reported, citing documents from board meetings.