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AO founder claims business started as £1 pub bet

The boss of £1.5 billion appliance retailer has claimed his business began as a one pound pub bet.

John Roberts launched the firm in August 2000, six months after a friend betted he would never turn his business plan into a reality.

The Bolton-based company was floated on the stock exchange last week, making its founder £86 million.

Mr Roberts told BBC Radio 5 live's Wake Up to Money: "All the best businesses start in pubs."

  • 18 Mar 2014
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