JP McManus Net Worth: How Much Is The Popular Horse Racing Owner Worth?

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The JP McManus net worth stands at $2 billion, which ranks the popular racehorse owner in the top five list of Irish billionaires.

JP McManus Net Worth

The green and gold horse racing silks of JP McManus are on show either in Ireland or the UK most days of the week, so it’s no surprise he’s one of the biggest horse racing owners in the world.

Most of the McManus horses will be seen running over jumps (National Hunt) racing and over the year’s he’s won most of the main horse races over the sticks –  including the Aintree Grand National, Cheltenham Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle.

  • Born: 10th March 1951 (72)
  • Wife: Noreen McManus
  • Children: Three (and 4 grandchildren)
  • JP McManus Net Worth: $2billion

Former Bookmaker with an Estimated Net Worth Of Over $2billion

During his early years Limerick-born JP McManus started life working for his family’s construction firm, but quickly got the nickname ‘The Sundance Kid’ after venturing into bookmaking and was not afraid to lay the bigger bets at his local greyhound track.

Horse racing ownership and betting on horses successfully followed, when in 1982 JP McManus bought the Martinstown Stud in his hometown of Limerick with his wife Noreen.

His debut horse he owned was called Cill Dara, while his first Cheltenham Festival winner was a horse named Mister Donovan, who won the 1982 Sun Alliance Novices’ Hurdle.

Since then, JP McManus has gone onto own over 70 Cheltenham Festival winners.

This year at the 2023 Cheltenham Festival, McManus broke through the 70 winners mark at the biggest jumps meeting in the world.

While it wasn’t long before he was adding to that tally with Sire Du Berlais winning the 2023 Stayers’ Hurdle and his Impervious taking the Mares Chase and Iroko landing the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle.

Meaning the JP McManus Cheltenham winners stands at 73 and counting.

Wealth Has Also Built Up Through A Private Foreign Exchange Trader

In parallel to JP’s love for horse racing ownership a large chunk of the McManus’ wealth has also been obtained as a private foreign exchange trader. He runs and oversees this operation from an office in Geneva – meaning he also spends a lot of his time in Switzerland.

JP Lives in The Biggest House In Ireland

JP McManus, who along with the likes of Pallonji Mistry, Patrick Collison and John Magnier, is one of the richest men in the Emerald Isle, also has the largest house in Ireland.

The monster mansion is expected to have cost over £100m to build, while also has other properties dotted around the country. These include a permanent suite at London’s Dorchester Hotel, plus in Geneva where is private foreign exchange offices are and also in Barbados at the exclusive Sandy Lane resort.

JP McManus Was Also a Past Shareholder of Manchester United

The net wealth of JP McManus also built up from his time as a shareholder with Manchester United football club. This interest in the Red Devils ended in 2005 when the Irish billionaire’s stake was bought out by Malcolm Glazer.

Top Golfers Also Play in The Annual JP McManus Pro-Am Tournament

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The JP McManus Pro-Am first teed-off in 1990 at the Limerick Golf Club in JP’s hometown. Since then, the charity event has attracted the biggest names in the world of golf who are keen to show their support.

In 2005 the event has moved to Adare Manor – a bigger venue that was able to cope with the increase in the event’s profile, with star names like Tiger Woods, Michael Campbell, Angel Cabrera, Fred Couples, Davis Love III, Ernie Els, Sandy Lyle and Colin Montgomerie playing that year.

The most recent event was held in July 2022 and was won by Xander Schauffele.

JP has been a backer of the Limerick GAA hurling side.

JP McManus Big Horse Racing Wins

Over the years JP McManus has celebrated wins in most of the top jumps races in the UK and Ireland.

These include the Irish Grand National in 2014 with Shutthefrontdoor, while he’s also landed the Aintree Grand National twice (more below).

JP has won the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival more times than any other owner with 9 wins that include three for Istabraq between 1998 and 2000. With his most recent Champion Hurdle winner being Epatante in 2020.

He’s also won the Cheltenham Gold Cup, when his Synchronised came with a powerful late run under his retained rider Tony McCoy to win in 2012.

How Many Horses Does JP McManus Have in Training?

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Obviously it’s hard to put an exact figure on how many horses JP McManus has in training, as these changes by the week. But he’s the largest jumps owner in the world with well over 100 horses, with this figure probably more in the region of 350-400

Irish Jumps Season (May 2019- April 2024)

  • Runners: 3577
  • Wins: 427
  • Hurdles Wins: 218
  • Chase Wins: 203
  • NH Flat Wins: 6
  • Total Earnings:: €10,418,588

GB Jumps Season (May 2019- April 2024)

  • Runners: 2145
  • Wins: 358
  • Hurdles Wins: 182
  • Chase Wins: 163
  • NH Flat Wins: 13
  • Total Earnings: £9,482,935

Note: Stats are subject to change (correct as 16th Dec 2023)

How Many Times Has JP McManus Won the Aintree Grand National?

To date (till 2022) JP McManus has won the Aintree Grand National twice.

His first Grand National win came in 2010 with Don’t Push It, who was ridden by AP McCoy. The 10 year-old carried 11st 5lbs to victory and rewarded favourite backers as the 10/1 joint market leader (watch below).

The JP McManus followed up in 2021 with Minella Times, who will always be remembered for being the first horse to win the Grand National for a female rider when Rachael Blackmore steered home the Henry De Bromhead runner (watch below).



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