Tony O'Reilly, Junior

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St. John Anthony O'Reilly ("Tony O'Reilly, Junior")
Born 17 December 1966
Dublin, Ireland
Occupation Chief executive of Providence Resources
Spouse(s) Robin Rafford (m. 1993–2006), Michele Clements (2008-present)
Children Grey-Alexandra ("Grey"),Tony and Miles

St. John Anthony O'Reilly, generally Tony O'Reilly, Junior (born 1966 in Dublin) is a businessman with Irish and Australian citizenship, the third son and sixth child of former Irish media magnate Tony O'Reilly and Australian Susan Cameron. He is currently CEO of the Irish mineral exploration company Providence Resources.[1] He is also a director of the Ireland Funds, a former CEO of Wedgwood,[2] and is married for the second time, with three children and three stepchildren.

Early life and career[edit]

He was born, the youngest of six, and one of triplets, in 1966, in Dublin, and brought up in Ireland, at Castlemartin in Kildare, and Fox Chapel, Pittsburgh, US. After a difficult time at Harrow School,[citation needed] he moved to London at the age of fifteen for 6 months, living in a bedsit flat for £25 a week, working at a supermarket and with a landscape gardener. He then returned to the family, later finishing secondary eductation at Clongowes Wood College and then studying economics and history at Brown University, Rhode Island, with an exchange year at the London School of Economics. At Brown University he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. [3]


He started work at Morgan Grenfell but was let go after less than three weeks when his division was closed. After six months looking for a job, Tony O'Reilly Senior brought him on a business trip, on which he was speaking at the international convention of Coopers & Lybrand partners, after which he worked for that company for two and a half years working in the New York corporate fiannce department.

In 1992, he re-located to Ireland, working for mining company Arcon, part-owned by his father, responsible for Planning and Corporate Development. He was chief executive from 1996 to 2000 and chairman from 2001 to 2005. In 2005, he sold Arcon to Lundin Mining, a Canadian-based mining company, and joined their board. He was appointed a director of Waterford Wedgwood, dominated by his father, in 1998, and deputy CEO of the division of famous ceramics brand Wedgwood from 1 January 2001. He was made CEO of Wedgwood soon after. At the same time he was a director of Independent News and Media, Lockwood Financial Group and EMAT.

He moved from Wedgwood in September 2005 to take up his current role as CEO of Providence, which he had founded in 1997 by divesting the hydrocarbon assets out of Arcon. Providence is involved in oil and gas exploration and production in Ireland, the UK, US and Nigeria. The Company is in partnership with a number of international firms including ExxonMobil, Chevron, Transocean and Petronas. He remains a director of Lundin Mining and was until 2009 a director of Independent News and Media.

In 2005, O'Reilly led a listing of Providence on the Alternative Investments Market (AIM).[4]


O'Reilly supports the work of The Ireland Funds and is a Trustee of the O'Reilly Foundation ([1]).

Personal life[edit]

He became engaged to Robin Rafford, two years his senior, whom he met while she was an advertising planner with Peter Owens, in November 1992,[5] and they married mid-1993. Mrs O'Reilly, a graduate of Cornell, Columbia (for an MBA), subsequently studied at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, qualifying as a doctor, and later specialising in oncology. She also became a major figure on the Dublin social scene, often seen with her sister-in-law Alison Doody and winning an award as "Dublin Party Person of the Year" in 2002.[6]

The couple became divorced in 2006,[7][8] and in mid-2007 Mrs O'Reilly's Dublin home was sold, with a statement saying she planned to move to the UK to work in the art industry.[8]

He then divided his time between Dublin and weekends in Malta. Two of his children, daughter Grey-Alexandra ("Grey"), and youngest son Miles, lives with his estranged wife, whilst his eldest son, Tony, lives in Malta.

He became engaged to Michele Clements (née Calascione) in August 2007, and married for the second time on 4 July 2008, at Lake Como in Italy,[9] with a reception at the Villa Pizzo. His children, and his new wife's three children, Josh, Sasha and Alana also, attended, along with family and friends. Born Calascione, Ms Clements is the second of four children of Alfred Calascione and Stephanie De Cesare, and was previously married

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Tony O'reilly: Executive Profile & Biography – Businessweek". Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Business person of the month: Tony O'Reilly Jr, CEO Providence Resources – Business & Finance". Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Business profile: His father's Providence – Telegraph". The Daily Telegraph. London: TMG. ISSN 0307-1235. OCLC 49632006. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  4. ^ The (Daily) Telegraph, London, 9 May 2006: "Market profile: Tony O'Reilly Junior"
  5. ^ New York City, US: New York Times, Style Section, 8 November 1992, retrieved at (via search) 13 April 2008
  6. ^ Dublin, Ireland: The Sunday Independent, 10 November 2002: "Party queen with a passion for fashion", Helen Bruce, retrieved from 13 April 2008
  7. ^ Dublin, Ireland: The Irish Times, "Doctor gets second driving ban in a year", Thursday 4 April 2004, retrieved from 13 April 2008
  8. ^ a b Dublin, Ireland: The Irish Times, Property Section, Thursday 3 May 2007, "Robin's redbrick on Leeson Park for €6.25m"
  9. ^ Dublin, Ireland: The Irish Independent, Sunday 1 June 2008, Barry Egan, "Love by the lake for O'Reilly junior"