Larry Goodman, 76, is a director of the ABP Food Group which owns the meat processors Silvercrest Foods in Dublin and Dalepak Foods in Hambleton, North Yorkshire.
His family owns a sprawling country home on a 700-acre estate in County Louth, Ireland and property around Europe including a share in the London headquarters of Goldman Sachs.
But in Ireland, the Goodman name is synonymous with financial malpractice after he dragged the country’s beef industry through the dirt in the 1990s after details of his business links with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq were exposed.
Bentley-driving Mr Goodman, an intensely private man, started out as a 15-year-old school drop-out selling sheep guts to butchers in Dundalk, Ireland for use as sausage skin.
He made his first fortune after he founded Anglo Irish Beef Processors in 1962 and started selling beef to Muslim countries including Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.
But United Nations sanctions imposed on Iraq after Saddam invaded Kuwait in 1990 led Iraq to default on millions of pounds of payments to Goodman’s company.
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