How he made his pile: Michael Flatley

Who is he? The 50-year-old Irish step dancer was the choreographer behind Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. He's worth a jig-inducing £372m.

Last Updated: 17 May 2013

How did he make his millions? Born in Chicago to Irish parents, Flatley was a precocious dancing and boxing talent, winning both the All-Ireland World Championship for Irish dance and the Chicago Golden Gloves in 1975. Having opened a dance studio after high-school, his first big step came in Eurovision 1994, when he choreographed for dance money-machine Riverdance. He then produced, directed and choreographed his own show, Lord of the Dance, which paid him £800k a week. He insured his golden feet for £20m. The show is still touring, and his most recent production, Celtic Tiger, is raking in the millions too. Flatley recently beat skin cancer and is now considering a move into casinos.

The secret of his success? Vision, indestructible self-belief, and the luck of the Irish - he always seems to land on his feet.


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