World Business: Betting with Bill

In a luxurious London flat one morning last week, stocky William Hill, 60, puffed a delicious Havana and thumbed his Financial Times. Then he took his coat from the butler, stepped out to his chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce, and rode off for a spot of shooting at Harrow before he showed up banker-late at his office. Bill Hill is every inch a proper British tycoon. Commanding an empire with an annual turnover of $126 million and 2,000,000 enthusiastic clients, he is the world's biggest bookie.

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