The highest-ever placing for Bet365, which may shortly be vying with Robbie Williams as the best-known thing to come out of Stoke-on-Trent. Founded by Denise Coates in a Portakabin in 2000 with a £15m loan secured against her father’s chain of betting shops, Bet365 is now the second-largest gambling business in the UK after Ladbrokes Coral. Its 4,000 jobs make it Stoke’s largest private employer. With record profits of £514m, Coates has just emerged as Britain’s best paid boss taking home £217m last year.
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