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