Bookie Fred just keeps coin­ing it

The Racing Paper - - Trends And Diary -

FIG­URES re­vealed last week sug­gest that bookie Fred Done has made sev­eral for­tunes since open­ing his first bet­ting shop in 1967 with funds he won bet­ting on Eng­land in the World Cup a year ear­lier.

Done, aged 75, is chair­man of War­ring­ton-based Bet­fred who have 1,666 bet­ting shops and a thriv­ing on line bet­ting and gam­ing op­er­a­tion.

His deal in 2011 to buy the Tote for £265m was a mas­ter­stroke which swiftly boosted his turnover and prof­its.

Bet­fred is now ranked ninth in the list of Bri­tain’s pri­vate mid-mar­ket growth com­pa­nies.

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