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Winning Against the Odds: My Life in Gambling and Politics

ISBN: 9781846892950
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Winning Against the Odds reveals the the fascinating, untold story of Stuart Wheeler, maverick businessman, devoted gambler and political influencer extraordinaire.
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Winning Against the Odds tells the fascinating,
eccentric story of one of England's most fascinating and eccentric men.
Stuart
Wheeler went to Eton and Oxford. He was an officer in the Welsh Guards, a
barrister, an investment banker and a major donor to the Conservative Party.
You might think that he has led a life of impeccably conformist upper-class
respectability. You'd be wrong.



For
Wheeler is also an illegitimate child adopted at the age of two, a maverick
businessman who made his fortune on the back of `the most brilliant idea that
anyone had had of his generation' and a devoted gambler who has
been thrown out of more than one Las Vegas casino.



He played cards with Lord Lucan two nights before his
infamous disappearance, effectively invented spread-betting with the creation
in 1974 of IG Index and gave William Hague's Conservatives GBP5 million (still
the biggest political donation in British history) before being expelled from
the Tories, joining UKIP and becoming a key figure in Vote Leave during the
Brexit referendum campaign.



Forthright, principled and always entertaining, Winning against the Odds is a story of bets
won and lost, of outrageous personalities and dramatic events, and of a
singular mind that engages with the world around it in a completely unique and
compelling way.

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Winning Against the Odds tells the fascinating,
eccentric story of one of England's most fascinating and eccentric men.
Stuart
Wheeler went to Eton and Oxford. He was an officer in the Welsh Guards, a
barrister, an investment banker and a major donor to the Conservative Party.
You might think that he has led a life of impeccably conformist upper-class
respectability. You'd be wrong.



For
Wheeler is also an illegitimate child adopted at the age of two, a maverick
businessman who made his fortune on the back of `the most brilliant idea that
anyone had had of his generation' and a devoted gambler who has
been thrown out of more than one Las Vegas casino.



He played cards with Lord Lucan two nights before his
infamous disappearance, effectively invented spread-betting with the creation
in 1974 of IG Index and gave William Hague's Conservatives GBP5 million (still
the biggest political donation in British history) before being expelled from
the Tories, joining UKIP and becoming a key figure in Vote Leave during the
Brexit referendum campaign.



Forthright, principled and always entertaining, Winning against the Odds is a story of bets
won and lost, of outrageous personalities and dramatic events, and of a
singular mind that engages with the world around it in a completely unique and
compelling way.