John Delaney

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John Delaney
Occupation Irish Businessman, Founder of Intrade

John Delaney was an Irish businessman who founded online prediction market Intrade. He passed away at the age of 42 when he became ill while he was scaling Mr. Everest as part of an expedition. While he was away, and just before he died, his wife delivered a child prematurely.[1]

Shortly after Delaney died, the following statement was posted on the main page of the Intrade website.

"We are sad to announce the death of our founder and CEO, John Delaney, who tragically passed away while attempting his lifelong ambition of climbing Mt. Everest. His wife and children, plus all of the Intrade family, mourn his passing but know also that John always strove for the summit - be it on Everest or with Intrade. It is our goal to give his memory one of those wishes and will do all we can to ensure Intrade's continued success."[2]


He was an accountant early in his career. He was the chief financial officer at Oppenheim International Finance and involved in fund management at AIB Capital Markets.[3]

In a blog post written in January 2010, Delaney said that he remembered the words of Winston Churchill when it came to tackling tasks, "Never, never, never give up."[4]

He said he got his first job with an investment bank as a graduate after applying to the same firm five times in one month and that he applied Churchill’s philosophy to everything.[5]


He earned an MBA in finance from University College Dublin. He also received an MSc degree in investment and treasury.