Belfast’s Rising Starts & Famous People that You Must Connect to

Christine BleakleyChristine Bleakley – Is currently one of the most famous people in Northern Ireland and has made a small fortune (£900,000 per year contract) with the BBC with her work presenting the One Show and the morning programme Daybreak.




Alison Campbell – Known as the First Lady of style and glamour in Northern Ireland, Allison is one of the most successful businesswomen in Northern Ireland. She is the founder and Director of Model Agency – the leading agency in Northern Ireland. She is married to golfer Darren Clarke after being set-up on a blind date with the Ryder Cup legend.

Wonder VillainsWonder Villains(band) – This indie-pop quartet from Belfast have been described as one of the most talented young bands of their generation. Still in their teens, the group have already played with Scouting for Girls and New Young Pony Club and are in the running for the Oh Yeah Contender’s Award at the NIMAs. They are a quintet led by vocalist and bass guitarist Eimear Kelly. They are expected to be a big hit in the UK in the next few years.



Cashier No 9 (band) – This young bandwere voted ‘band of the day’ on, when they released their hit-single Goldstar last year. They have gone onto have big success in Belfast since and are now becoming more well-known on a national basis. The band consists of six members – Daniel Todd, James Smith, Stuart Magowan, Philip Duffy, Ronan Quinn and Philip Wallace.

General FiascoGeneral Fiasco(band) – One of Northern Ireland’s most popular young bands, their first single Something Sometime was picked by influential radio DJ Zane Lowe as ‘Hottest Record in the World”.They are currently working on a new album of indie rock and in their own words are looking forward to taking over the music world.



Colin Murray – Highly regarded as the heir to the throne of the BBC’s football anchor coverage when Gary Linekar retires, Murray has developed himself quite a reputation in the football media world. He is the current host of Match of the Day Two and does lots of work in anchoring the main BBC radio sports channel 5-live.

Shamus Jennings and Francis JenningsShamus Jennings – Jointly owns Northern Irish urban regeneration company Cusp with his older brother Francis and is estimated to be worth around £80m. They are the market leader in Europe for installing building services such as heating and fire protection. Its Belfast office developments include Clarendon Dock Business Park, and the gasworks regeneration site which is home to a Halifax bank call centre, where 1,800 people work.



Michael Herbert – Herbel Restaurants, based in Belfast, holds the largest Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise in Europe and also acts as a franchise for Häagen-Dazs ice cream.It has more than 70 outlets in the UK and Ireland. The 2011 Sunday Times Rich List valued the business at £65m.


Tim MartinTim Martin – Is the brains behind the recently successful Weatherspoons chain of pubs.The Company was founded in 1979, who opened the first Wetherspoon pub, ‘Marler’s Bar’, at Colney Hatch Lane in London. They now have over 800 outlets and are now worth over £600m. He is also the sixtieth richest man in the whole of Ireland.



Angus Wilson – In 1987 Angus created a new business called Wilson’s Country selling “floury” potatoes to shops in Lisburn and Belfast and since that day the business has grown to beyond any levels of expectation. The turnover in the first year was £17,000, today that figure stands at £17m and the company employs about 100 people.

Ian WilsonIan Wilson – 2012 is the 76th year that Wilsons Auctions Group has been open for and since heir to the throne Ian, took over from his father William J, the business has gone from strength to strength. His auction house now has seven-sites and he planning to grab a larger slice of the market in England.



Conor Walsh –Appointed CEO of market leaders Ador Technology in May 2007, Conor joined Andor in 2002 as Finance Director and Company Secretary. Prior to joining Andor, he worked at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in the Corporate Finance division, and before that he held various senior finance positions in manufacturing companies in Northern Ireland. He has a wealth of experience within his sector and is still only 35 years-old.

Grainne KellyGrainne Kelly – Mum of two turned entrepreneur, Grainne, is the creator behind the best-selling BubbleBum product, which is an inflatable booster seat for kids aged between 4-11. She has won numerous awards for her invention, including the Bizzie Baby award and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011.



John McCollum– Owner of the recently refurbished Drumbo Park greyhound stadium in Belfast. After investing £3m into the project, McCollum is already seeing a massive return on his investment as Drumbo has become one of Northern Ireland’s most prestigious nights out.

Two Door Cinema ClubTwo Door Cinema Club –This Belfast based band is one of Northern Ireland’s most successful musical exports, with a series of singles, sold-out shows all over the world and main stage performances at Glastonbury and Reading. Their YouTube channel has had over 15,000,000 views and they are currently on a world tour.





Jones Lewis

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