Billionaire betting boss rakes in £265 million payday

Bet365 boss Denise Coates, who is celebrating a �265 million pay day as the betting firm reported another year of bumper profits. Photo: Alex Severn/Bet365/PA Wire
Bet365 boss Denise Coates, who is celebrating a �265 million pay day as the betting firm reported another year of bumper profits. Photo: Alex Severn/Bet365/PA Wire
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Denise Coates, the billionaire boss of Bet365, is celebrating a £265 million pay day as the betting firm reported another year of bumper profits.

New accounts filed this week show that Ms Coates was paid £220 million in 2018, as well as half of a £90 million dividend, making her one of the highest paid executives in the world.

The payout beats the £220 million she raked in last year, when she was the UK’s highest paid director.

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A regular on rich lists, Ms Coates founded Bet365 in a car park in 2000 and has since grown it into a betting titan.

Alongside her brother and father John and Peter, who are also directors at Bet365, the family boasts an estimated fortune of £5.8 billion, ranking them 21st on the Sunday Times rich list.

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Ms Coates, John, Peter and finance director Will Roseff shared a total of £321.6 million last year, the Bet365 figures show.

Total director and manager salaries ballooned from £321.9 million to £448.6 million.

Bet365 posted a 28% rise in pre-tax profit to £660.6 million in the year to March on turnover of £2.9 billion.

The firm also owns Stoke City and the accounts, filed at Companies House, show that the football club, relegated from the Premier League in May, suffered a £21 million loss last year.