Though he always had dreams of making it big in the music industry, Don Burton found fame following his long-term romance with one of Ireland’s greatest singers ever. Professionally, the music executive is recognized for his remarkable accomplishments as the manager of two British bands Duran Duran and The Cranberries. However, he is best known as a former celebrity spouse. Find out lesser-known facts about Burton.
Don Burton’s Bio
A Canadian, Donald Burton’s birthdate is January 27, 1962. There is a scarcity of information about his parents, family, early life, and education. However, it is no secret that he was raised in his hometown and began exhibiting musical inclinations from an early age. Though Burton was an administrative officer at his dad’s trucking business, he still pursued his passion by the side, playing in a band.
In his early career days, Don Burton struggled to carve a niche for himself in the music industry. But, he got a major breakthrough in the early 1990s after landing a job as the tour manager for the British band Duran Duran. Four years later, Don was presented with a bigger opportunity when his band was touring with The Cranberries, his famous future wife’s band.
Following Burton’s romantic connection with Dolores O’Riordan, the band’s lead singer, he scored a deal as The Cranberries’ manager and brought them over to his Left Bank Productions company. While Burton helped both bands achieve enviable feats as a music executive, he is best recognized as the husband of the late Irish singer Dolores O’Riordan.
Don Burton’s Kids & Family Details
Don Burton has two failed marriages behind him. While details of his first marriage have been kept under wraps, it is common knowledge that he tied the knot 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. They quickly established a romantic connection and courted for about six months. Don and Dolores exchanged marital vows in July 1994, in a grand ceremony that was held in Tipperary, Ireland.
The former couple’s union 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, relocated to Dublin and later in 2009, they fully moved to Canada.
Sadly, after 20 years of living together as man and wife, Don Burton and Dolores O’Riordan officially parted ways in 2014. The couple never disclosed the actual reason for their divorce. While Dolores moved to her native land – Ireland, following their marriage collapse, the children remained with Burton in Toronto. It is uncertain if Burton has found love again, but his late wife reportedly moved on and began dating Ole Koretsky.
Dolores O’Riordan’s Death
Although Burton’s superstar ex-wife spent most of her adult life seeking a balance between depression and anorexia, Dolores O’Riordan unexpectedly passed away in January 2018. The Irish star was found dead at the Hilton Hotel in Park Lane, London.
Also a member of DARK, an alternative rock group which she formed in 2014 alongside Andy Rourke and Ole Koretsky, the 46-year-old O’Riordan was found dead in the London hotel while on a trip for a recording in the city. The circumstances surrounding her death remain a mystery as no information has been provided publicly. Don Burton’s wife was laid to rest in her home town of Limerick.
Dolores O’Riordan joined The Cranberries while still in her teens and under Island Records, the band released no less than five albums between 1993 and 2001. Two years later, O’Riordan and her bandmates unanimously took a break to pursue their individual projects. A few months before her death, the Irish star was working on a new studio album with The Cranberries.
Don Burton’s exact salary and net worth have not been disclosed. However, judging by the number of assets the Canadian music executive and his wife owned together, it is safe to say he has amassed a sizeable fortune and can afford a lavish lifestyle. While Burton’s net worth is unknown, his late wife had a net worth that was pegged at $25 million at the time of her death.
In 1999, Burton and O’Riordan were sued by their child’s nanny Ms. Fahy on the allegations of reckless behavior, heavy drinking, and imprisonment on Burton’s part. However, the nanny did not have enough evidence to substantiate her claims and the court ruled in the couple’s favor.