Robb Reader

Busi­ness­man, politi­cian and learned prog­nos­ti­ca­tor Wayne Al­lyn Root is fore­telling a pos­i­tive bounce for the Amer­i­can econ­omy with Don­ald Trump at the helm.

Robb Report (Malaysia) - - Contents - By KEN­NETH TAN

Named The King of Ve­gas and Amer­ica’s Odd­s­maker by the na­tional me­dia for his unerring calls on foot­ball games, Wayne Al­lyn Root’s ca­reer be­gan in TV hand­i­cap­ping cul­mi­nat­ing with an 82kg gran­ite star on the Las Ve­gas Walk of Stars and a nom­i­na­tion as vice-pres­i­den­tial can­di­date for the Lib­er­tar­ian Party in 2008. Root also pos­sesses a per­sonal his­tory with the Amer­i­can edi­tion of Robb Re­port, hav­ing served for two years as its con­tribut­ing sports edi­tor. He ar­rives in Malaysia this month to de­liver a series of in­sights into the Don­ald Trump phe­nom­e­non and prof­fers his views on how global busi­nesses may cap­i­talise on their for­tunes in this pe­riod. When I be­came one of 70 leg­ends hon­oured by the Walk of Stars in Las Ve­gas, the state gov­er­nor gave me my award and des­ig­nated Wayne Al­lyn Root Day in Ne­vada. How cool is that? That was the mo­ment I knew I’d reached the pin­na­cle in my pro­fes­sion. Suc­cess is about pas­sion for what you do and en­thu­si­asm. I love NFL foot­ball, loved play­ing foot­ball and un­der­stood the game like a coach. I wanted to stay close to the game and chose to be­come a pro­fes­sional foot­ball prog­nos­ti­ca­tor. Be­fore long, I was the NFL an­a­lyst, net­work odd­s­maker and host of five shows at CNBC. I’ve un­der­stood that to be a great busi­ness leader, you must be a risk-taker; a com­bi­na­tion of river­boat gam­bler and Wild West gun­slinger. You can never give up or give in. Trump is a great ex­am­ple – at one point he was worth neg­a­tive US$2 bil­lion (RM8.9 bil­lion). But he kept play­ing, dream­ing and fight­ing. I started a busi­ness with over 100 em­ploy­ees and raised mil­lions of dol­lars. But it wasn’t enough and the stock mar­ket crashed. We were out of money and couldn’t make the

next pay­roll. An ex­pert said my com­pany was dead. I didn’t ac­cept it and wrote a US$100,000 cheque to make the pay­roll. We signed a big deal the fol­low­ing week and the rest is his­tory. We stayed in busi­ness al­most a decade af­ter the ex­pert called us dead and pumped an­other US$60 mil­lion into the US econ­omy. You have to be re­lent­less, fight like a cor­nered wolver­ine and never give up or give in.

As the first na­tional po­lit­i­cal com­men­ta­tor

to en­dorse Trump and pre­dict his vic­tory, I re­ceived a let­ter from him to thank me and we be­gan an email cor­re­spon­dence. I was hon­oured to rep­re­sent Trump in over 1,500 me­dia in­ter­views and was cho­sen to open for his ral­lies in Las Ve­gas.

His pres­i­dency is great news for Amer­ica

and the world. Our econ­omy will turn around with lower taxes, less reg­u­la­tion and more ‘power to the peo­ple’. Trump un­der­stands ‘the lit­tle guy’ and this helps to pro­duce eco­nomic mir­a­cles. (Ron­ald) Rea­gan pro­duced the great­est turn­around and eco­nomic ex­pan­sion in world his­tory but we have two tough years. He pro­duced 20 mil­lion new jobs and dra­matic GDP ex­plo­sion. Trump will pro­duce sim­i­lar re­sults. ≠

“Fight like a cor­nered wolver­ine and never give up or give in.”

Wayne Al­lyn Root de­clared 2016 the year of the An­gry White Male – a de­mo­graphic he calls “the soc­cer moms of the 2016 elec­tion”.

Fe­bru­ary - 2017 Photo Photo Alto/san­dro Di Carlo Da rsa

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