This company offers odds on everything from Premier League football to the Oscars. It was founded in 1974, but in 2005 it sold its chain of betting shops to Gala Coral to focus on its online business. Bet365 now provides punters in 140 countries with internet betting, casino games and poker. It is owned and managed by the Coates family and has its head office in Stoke-on-Trent, where it also owns Stoke City Football Club. Sales in 2009 were up 90% to £3,455m. This figure represents the bets placed by customers, rather than the £236m net income from those bets, and excludes the revenue of Stoke City Football Club.

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Company details
Year2009
Rank7
Companybet365
ActivityOnline bookmaker
LocationStoke-on-Trent
Sales £m †3,455
Profit £m †75
Year endMar 09
Principal shareholdersCoates family (93%), William Roseff (7%)
Staff900
Founded1974
Websitewww.bet365.com

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* Supplied by company † Annualised figure