Although he always dreamed of making it big in the music industry, Don Burton became famous after his long romance with one of Ireland’s greatest singers. Professionally, the music manager is known for his remarkable achievements as manager of the two British bands Duran Duran and The Cranberries. However, he is best known as a former celebrity spouse. Find out less known facts about Burton.
Don Burton’s Bio
The Canadian Donald Burton was born on 27 January 1962. There is a lack of information about his parents, his family, his early life and his education. However, it is no secret that he grew up in his hometown and showed musical inclinations at a young age. Although Burton worked as an administrative clerk in his father’s shipping business, he pursued his passion by playing in a band.
In his early career, Don Burton struggled to carve out a niche for himself in the music industry. But in the early 1990s, he made a big breakthrough after getting a job as tour manager for the British band Duran Duran. Four years later, Don had a greater opportunity when his band toured with The Cranberries, the band of his famous future wife.
After Burton’s romantic relationship with Dolores O’Riordan, the band’s lead singer, he was able to sign a contract as manager of The Cranberries and bring her to his company Left Bank Productions. While Burton helped both bands to enviable achievements as a music manager, he is best known as the husband of the late Irish singer Dolores O’Riordan.
Don Burton’s Kids & Family Details
Don Burton has had two failed marriages. While the details of his first marriage have been kept secret, it is common knowledge that he entered into a covenant with the unidentified woman in 1993 and their union produced a child.
He met Dolores O’Riordan when his first band Duran Duran toured with her band in the early 1990s. The two quickly established a romantic relationship and were courted for about six months. In July 1994 Don and Dolores exchanged their marriage vows in a large ceremony in Tipperary, Ireland.
The former couple produced three children – Taylor Baxter, Molly Leigh, and Dakota Rain – and they all lived together on a large farm in Limerick, Ireland. However, the family sold the farm in 2004, moved to Dublin and later moved completely to Canada in 2009.
Unfortunately, after 20 years of living together as man and wife, Don Burton and Dolores O’Riordan officially separated in 2014. The couple never revealed the real reason for their divorce. While Dolores moved to her home country Ireland after the breakdown of their marriage, the children remained with Burton in Toronto. It is uncertain if Burton has found love again, but his late wife allegedly moved on and started dating Ole Koretsky.
Dolores O’Riordan’s Death
Although Burton’s superstar ex-wife spent most of her adult life trying to find a balance between depression and anorexia, Dolores O’Riordan died unexpectedly in January 2018 and the Irish star was found dead in the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane in London.
The 46-year-old O’Riordan, who is also a member of DARK, an alternative rock group that she had founded in 2014 together with Andy Rourke and Ole Koretsky, was found dead in the London hotel when she was on a trip to a recording session in the city. The circumstances of her death remain a mystery, as no information has been made public. The wife of Don Burton was buried in her hometown of Limerick.
Dolores O’Riordan joined The Cranberries as a teenager and under Island Records, the band released no less than five albums between 1993 and 2001. Two years later O’Riordan and her band colleagues unanimously took a break to pursue their individual projects. A few months before her death, the Irish star worked with The Cranberries on a new studio album.
Facts About Dolores O’Riordan’s Ex-Husband
- Net Worth
The exact salary and net worth of Don Burton were not disclosed. However, considering the number of assets the Canadian music manager and his wife owned together, it is safe to say that he has accumulated a considerable fortune and can afford a lavish lifestyle. While Burton’s net worth is unknown, his late wife had a fortune of $25 million at the time of her death.
In 1999, Burton and O’Riordan were sued by their child’s nanny, Mrs. Fahy, on charges of reckless behavior, heavy drinking and Burton’s incarceration. However, the nanny did not have enough evidence to substantiate her allegations and the court ruled in favor of the couple.