John Magnier: a portrait of The Boss
Business magnate John Magnier, currently embroiled in a battle with Britain’s National Portrait Gallery over a valuable Joshua Reynolds artwork, has a formidable reputation for coming out on top – but lately, not everything has gone his way
Role: billionaire horse-breeder, part-time art acquirer
Appearance: flinty-eyed and formidable
Newsworthiness: Magnier is facing off with the British National Portrait Gallery over a national treasure, The Portrait of Omai
William Jones found out how formidable an opponent John Magnier and Coolmore can be. In 2015, Jones wrote a book about his time as a stablehand at Coolmore that contained a large number of dramatic claims.
Management at Coolmore regarded the claims as ...