Ronan and Colin Hannan's Ka'ana Belize Resort

Irish brothers escaped corporate careers to start a luxury resort in the far reaches of Belize
"Obviously we have our disagreements," says Ronan, left. But "in working together as brothers, there is the ultimate trust in the relationship" Photograph by Martha Camarillo for Bloomberg Businessweek

As soon as Ronan Hannan became a certified accountant, he decided it was the wrong career for him. In 2002, after three years at the Dublin branch of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Hannan took a two-year trip around the world to figure out another option. In South Africa, he met up with his younger brother, Colin, who had just started working in real estate development. There, they hatched an idea: to build a hotel that would provide adventure and luxury.

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