Fallen king: The legend of Tony O'Reilly

Fallen king: The legend of Tony O'Reilly View Gallery
An emperor in his domain: Tony O'Reilly poses for a portrait in London in 1999. Picture: Getty

Biographer Matt Cooper explores the contradictions of a complex tycoon

Tony O’Reilly was the most significant and powerful media owner in the country for a period of nearly 40 years, as well as seemingly the country’s wealthiest man. This gave rise to legitimate concerns about his exercise of that power.

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