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Northern Ireland's richest man killed in helicopter crash

Published on Mar 14, 2014 9:25 PM

LONDON (AFP) - An entrepreneur and politician who was Northern Ireland's richest man was among four people killed when a helicopter crashed in thick fog in eastern England late on Thursday.

Lord Ballyedmond, a Conservative peer in the House of Lords, was in the twin-engined AgustaWestland AW139 when it came down near the town of Beccles in Norfolk.

The 70-year-old, known as Edward Haughey until he was made a peer in 2004, was founder and chairman of Norbrook, a veterinary pharmaceuticals company.

Mr Haughey owned Gillingham Hall, a stately home near the crash site. His personal fortune was worth £860 million (S$1.8 billion), according to The Sunday Times newspaper's Rich List 2013.

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