- Founder, Sportingbet
Mark Blandford was the founder and Director of Sportingbet Plc, an online global sportsbook and casino. Mark now works as a successful Venture capital investor.
Born and educated in Hereford (U.K.) Mark specialised in international marketing at Wolverhampton Polytechnic and worked in Industrial goods, Local radio, and food marketing prior to venturing into the Bookmaking Industry.
Mark was the owner of a traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ bookmaker’s chain for over 15 years, then recognised the potential of the Internet in the mid 90’s. Mark pursued this opportunity to its fullest. In October 1998 he launched Sportingbet.com from Alderney, which was instantly successful listing on OFEX in April 1999. In January 2001 the company floated on the Alternative Investment Market, part of the London Stock Exchange raising £18m. Sportingbet operate online sports and horse race betting along with casino and virtual games together with Poker.
Mark’s entrepreneurial spirit has lead his company to go from strength to strength acquiring some of the biggest names in gaming – Betmaker.com (Costa Rica), Number One Betting Shop (Australia), Sportsbook (USA) and Sporting Odds (UK) to name a few – making Sportingbet the world’s largest internet gambling group. Sportingbet has revenues exceeding £1 billion and in excess of 1.1m customers from over 150 countries word wide.