A BILLIONAIRE has bought a luxury home close to Thomastown. He is heavily involved in the mobile phone business and it’s not Denis O’Brien.
Frank Sixt is one of the most successful money managers in the world and he is the new owner of Coolmore House, the former home of Niall Mellon whose property and insurance empire was a victim of the recession and who spent a fortune doing up the house. It is once again undergoing major refurbishment with a crane in situ. Security has been increased.
Mr Sixt, who is in his early 60s, has homes in Bermuda and Hong Kong, among other places. He has an extraordinary CV and went to university at 13 years of age.
He won a major music award in Quebec, Canada at 12 and has composed symphonies and wrote two musical scores for the movie “Bethune”.
He is a director of Cycad Investments Ltd and of Cycad Farm Ltd both with addresses at Coolmore House, Thomastown.
In February last year, Anne Marie Sixt, his wife, took over as secretary of the company, Omni Pro Corporate Consultants, Wexford Road Business Park, Carlow. She gave her address as Peak Road, Peak, Hong Kong, China.
The other directors of the company are Robert Finnegan, Dunmore Lodge, Dunmore East who is the CEO of the mobile phone company, 3 Ireland and Mr and Mrs Sixt’s son, Edward.
Mr Sixt, who designed Skype, is group finance director and executive director of Hutchison Whampoa Limited.
He is also Chairman and a non-executive Director of TOM Group Limited (an investment holding company); an Executive Director of Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings Limited and Power Assets Holdings Limited (formerly Hongkong Electric Holdings Limited); a non-executive Director of Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited, Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings Limited and Hutchison Port Holdings Management Pte. Limited as the trustee-manager of Hutchison Port Holdings Trust and a Director of Hutchison Telecommunications (Australia) Limited. Mr.
Sixt is also a Director of the Li Ka Shing (Canada) Foundation.
There was a light-hearted exchange between senators in the Seanad (Senate) during a discussion on the new killer ash dieback disease.
Galway Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh suggested as a pre-budget submission that the to balance the competition across the country. Senator Ó Clochartaigh also thanked Kilkenny Senator Pat O’Neill for stopping the rumor going around Galway that Brian Cody and his team had something to do with the spread of the disease in Galway, Tipperary, Meath and Leitrim.
[Source: Kilkenny People]
On the subject of food and tourism, the minister emphasised that while Kilkenny has a strong reputation as a food and tourism destination, “we cannot stand still” and this is the time to take that reputation a step further. Developing Kilkenny in this sector requires well planned and iconic projects in the city, centred on the river Nore and the city’s many medieval locations.
Retail regeneration is also something that could give a boost to the city, as “we now have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with the availability of the brewery site and the old mart site,” according to the minister. These sites, he said “would be ideal locations for new international brands to bring back customers that Kilkenny have lost to other regional centres.”