Conor McGregor flies flag for Irish on 'Forbes 30 Under 30' list

The only twentysomething from the Emerald Isle who makes the cut...

BY Craig Fitzpatrick 17:38 Monday 16 January 2017, 17:38 16 Jan 2017

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Conor McGregor is Ireland's sole representative on Forbes' annual '30 Under 30' list of the young European entrepreneurs making waves.

The UFC's biggest draw is "making money with every punch", the famous finance publication writes , citing the fact his victory over Nate Diaz earned the 28-year-old a cool $3m in August.

And that was just the purse – factoring in his share of the pay-per-view money, bonuses, sponsorship and more, Yahoo reported that he took home roughly $15m.

He is now one of 300 "superstars" across 10 fields tipped to "impact Europe for the next 50 years".

Actress Saoirse Ronan and Web Summit co-founder Daire Hickey made the cut last year, whilst the likes of golfer Rory McIlroy and Stripe brothers John and Patrck Collison (who are noted as "all-star alumni" this year) have featured in the past.

McGregor also ranked 85th on its 'World's Highest Paid Athletes' list in 2016.

You'd wager he will be a familiar Forbes face for some time; UFC president Dana White offered McGregor and Floyd Mayweather $25m each and a cut of PPV to get in the boxing ring together last week. McGregor himself had said he was eyeing a $100m payday for the match-up in November.

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