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This is the story of how a working class boy born into a family of 13 children in pre-World War I Birmingham grew up to revolutionize the world of betting and bookmaking. William Hill beat the odds by starting out as a teenage one-man band, making the rounds of Birmingham’s factories, pubs, and clubs on his secondhand motorbike taking penny, tuppence, and tanner bets. He went on to launch a fixed odds soccer betting business which took a total of £6 18/6d in its first week, but grew to a multi-million pound turnover before being almost taxed into extinction. However, today, William Hill, whose first London office was opened in 1934, and staffed by just William and one clerk, is a truly global bookmaker, with offices in nine countries; operating across 19 time zones, it is a FTSE 100 company, has over 2,500 betting shops and employs nearly 20,000 people.
About the Author
Mihir Bose is an award-winning journalist for the London Evening Standard, as well as an author and broadcaster. Graham Sharpe is Media Director of William Hill and has written a number of books.