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Win puts pair at number 20 on NI rich list

Frances and Patrick Connolly's lottery win catapults them into an elite club of Northern Ireland rich whose wealth runs into nine or more figures.

As a result, they are now rubbing shoulders with some of our most successful industrialists and businesspeople.

According to the Sunday Times Rich List 2018, the richest person in Northern Ireland is Lady Ballyedmond with a wealth of £1.42bn. She is a solicitor by profession who inherited her husband Lord Ballyedmond's veterinary pharmaceutical fortune from his firm Norbrook after he died in a helicopter crash.

Martin Naughton, the industrialist behind Glen Electric radiators, is another billionaire with a fortune of £1.19bn.

The upper reaches of the list also feature luminaries like Dr Peter FitzGerald, whose medical testing firm Randox has earned him £255m.

Brian Conlon from Newry, Co Down, who built up financial software and consulting firm First Derivatives, has £176m, according to the Sunday Times.

Property tycoon Paddy McKillen, who is originally from Belfast even though most of his assets are in the Republic and further afield, follows, with £166m.

Frances and Patrick's win of £115m brings them to number 20 on the list of Northern Ireland's wealthiest people. That would displace travel book Lonely Planet founder Maureen Wheeler and her husband Tony, whose wealth is estimated at £112m.

But the Connolly fortune is eclipsed by that of Michael Loughran in Co Tyrone, whose family's wealth is given at £117m.

Belfast Telegraph