Irish-born Kentucky billionaire who founded Alltech dies

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The Irish-born Kentucky billionaire and founder of international agribusiness company Alltech has died. Pearse Lyons was 73.

Alltech released a statement saying Lyons died Thursday from an acute lung condition that developed during recovery from heart surgery in November.

A biochemist by education, Lyons earned master’s and doctoral degrees in brewing science from the University of Birmingham. He moved to the United States to help a distillery improve its processes and launched Alltech from his Lexington garage in 1980.

The company focuses on all-natural nutrition products for animals and humans.

The Lexington Herald-Leader <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”http://www.kentucky.com/news/business/article204099454.html”>reports</a> Lyons was a major philanthropist whose donations targeted science education. He was also a key figure in bringing the World Equestrian Games to Lexington in 2010.

———

Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”http://www.kentucky.com”>http://www.kentucky.com</a>

Free News Delivery by Email

Would you like to have the day's news stories delivered right to your inbox every evening? Enter your email below to start!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.