20 Most Influential People
#8: Ralph Topping
CEO of William Hill, Ralph Topping, has demonstrated excellence in bringing one of the oldest brands in gaming into the 21st century. William Hill has been aggressive this year in entering the U.S. gaming space. The 78 year old UK bookmaker was awarded a license in Nevada, their first venture into the U.S. market.
Already, William Hill controls over half of the sports-betting market in the Silver State through a partnership with Affinity Gaming. Several sports-books in Nevada will convert to the William Hill namesake in 2013 as a result of the deal pioneered by Topping.