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Hall of Fame

Ralph Topping
Former CEO
William Hill

Ralph Topping’s name is synonymous with the success of William Hill, a company he joined as a ‘Saturday worker’ in a Glasgow betting shop in 1973 and left more than 40 years later after rising to the position of CEO.

After a succession of promotions to retail and regional management roles, Topping became the bookmaker’s Internet Director in 1998 and was instrumental in the development of its online presence. Subsequent promotions saw him take on the roles of Retail Operations Director and Group Director, Operations, before his appointment as CEO in 2008. 

During his time at the top, Topping expanded international operations and oversaw a further significant growth in William Hill’s online arm, helping to make it the UK’s largest listed bookmaker by the time of his retirement in 2014.