From the humblest beginnings, John Brown became the dominant figure in British bookmaking as Chairman of William Hill. Brought up in the East End, and still sounding like an East End barrow boy, Brown's doughty, ambitious character and sharp intellect took him from tea boy to tycoon. While he schoolmates were taking their exams, Brown was flat on ...Read MoreFrom the humblest beginnings, John Brown became the dominant figure in British bookmaking as Chairman of William Hill. Brought up in the East End, and still sounding like an East End barrow boy, Brown's doughty, ambitious character and sharp intellect took him from tea boy to tycoon. While he schoolmates were taking their exams, Brown was flat on his back in an isolation hospital with rheumatic fever. Armed with nothing more than a determination to be a bookmaker, he wrote to William Hill and started as a tea boy. This title traces Brwon's increasingly public rise from the bottom to the slippery top, and the multi-million pound reward that came with William Hill's eventual stock market flotation. A man of strong opinions, strongly expressed, John Brown gives his views on the organizations and individuals he has encountered and on the the management of British business.Read Less
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New in new dust jacket. Gift-quality condition. 239 p. Lucky John is the compelling story of an East End boy who, through determination and ability, rose from tea boy to chairman of William Hill, leading it to become the UKs most successful bookmaker. Read how John Brown, with no business training and doing it in his most inimitable style, fought back from redundancy and the financial collapse of parent company Brent Walker to take William Hill and the bookmaking industry to unprecedented levels of prosperity-making him and his management team rich in the process.
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