By Oliver Smith on Tuesday 3 August 2021
The Stripe president and co-founder is part of a consortium bidding for Ireland’s Weston Airport.
It used to be that the rich and famous lived the literal ‘high life’ by renting or buying private jets, but Stripe president and co-founder John Collison is taking things to another level.
Collison is part of a consortium looking to buy Weston Airport near Dublin in Ireland, as first exclusively reported by The Currency.
Collison is an avid pilot himself, learning to fly at Weston Airport. In the last year he’s also chartered a private jet from Stripe’s headquarters in San Francisco back to Ireland, landing at the often overcrowded Dublin Airport.
The consortium, led by Irish financier Derick Walshe and several other “aviation enthusiasts”, hopes to dramatically improve Weston Airport for all travellers, presumably including those heading to San Francisco.
“Our investors… are focused on turning Weston into a state-of-the-art facility. Our plans are to invest in and upgrade the existing aviation and non-aviation facilities and to create a destination that is open and welcoming to the local community,” Walshe said in a statement.
“We are committed to revitalising Weston to the betterment of aviation in Ireland. We look forward to opening this next chapter in the story of Weston.”
The deal has reportedly been in the works for months, and the airport’s existing owner Brian Conneely is being paid a multiple of the €3.5m he acquired the airport in 2013, according to The Currency.
A spokesperson for the consortium confirmed Collison's involvement in the deal to AltFi.