George Moore, Leading Businessman and Philanthropist, Dies at 60
By Adam Farley, Editorial Assistant. May 24, 2013.
1951 – 2013
George Moore was a savvy entrepreneur in the tech industry and an influential philanthropist. His unexpected death of a heart attack at the age of 60 comes as a shock to the Irish community.
A leading businessman in Ireland and the United States, just last year Moore appeared as one of this magazine’s Business 100 honorees. He served on Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s economic advisory board and was ranked among the wealthiest Irish citizens on the Irish Sunday Times Rich List. Kieran McLoughlin, head of the Worldwide Ireland Funds, told IrishCentral that Moore’s death is “an enormous loss to Ireland, Irish America and philanthropy everywhere.” Moore was head of the American Ireland Fund’s Finance Committee.
The son of a Co. Louth shoemaker, Moore earned two degrees from University College Dublin before coming to the United States on a Ford Foundation scholarship in the 1970s. Here, he earned his Masters and Doctorate degrees from George Washington University and eventually founded Targus Information, an IT company that helped corporate clients identify, locate, and verify potential customers via caller identification, in 1993. He remained head of Targus (which grew to generate an annual revenue of $149 million) until he sold it to Neustar in 2011 for a reported $650 million.
Since 2012, Moore had been a managing partner of Ravensdale Capital, LLC, which invests in early-stage IT companies, and only last year he was named by Enterprise Ireland as the agency’s start-up ambassador to the US.
Moore was active outside the IT field as well, buying into the well-known Irish crystal and china companies Belleek China and Galway Irish Crystal. He also supported numerous non-profit funds and served on many advisory boards, including the New Ireland Fund, the Northern Ireland Trade & Investment Council, The Flax Trust, the Northern Ireland Memorial Fund, and donated to many organizations in Ireland, including his alma mater, UCD. Thanks the generosity of Moore and his wife, Angela, the university’s new science center will open later this year. His work on the Northern Irish economy and peace process earned him an honorary CBE, awarded by Queen Elizabeth II.
Moore made his home in Great Falls, VA with his wife Angela, who survives him, along with their three grown children, Kerla, Garreth, and Ashlyn.