Bet365 founder Denise Coats paid herself an obscene £265m in 2017″, despite increasing criticism of the online gambling sector.

The firm’s accounts show Coates was paid a base salary of £220m in the year to March 2018, while also collecting dividend payments of £45m from her more than 50% shareholding stake in the company.

The largest private sector employer in Stoke, Bet365’s customers wagered almost £52.3bn last year – allowing Coates’ pay to grow to more than 9,500 times the average UK salary – making her Britain’s fourth wealthiest woman!

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