1957 (age 62–63)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Alma mater||Case Western Reserve University|
University of Bristol
|Years active||1984 –present|
William Benter (born 1957) is an American and Hong Kong professional gambler and philanthropist who focuses on horse betting. Benter earned nearly $1 billion through the development of one of the most successful analysis computer software programs in the horse racing market.
Benter has served as president of Hong Kong Rotary Club, founded the Benter Foundation, is chairman and International CEO of Acusis LLC, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and occasionally lectures university students on subjects like statistics and mathematical probability.
Benter is a philanthropist donating to charitable causes both in Hong Kong and the United States.
Early life and career
William Benter was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As he grew up, he wanted to use his mathematical talents to make a profit so immediately after finishing a university physics degree in 1977, he went to the blackjack tables in Las Vegas and used his skills to count cards. He came across the book, Beat the Dealer, by Edward O. Thorp, which helped him improve his methods. Seven years later, he was banned from all of Vegas’ strip's casinos.
Benter then met with Alan Woods, a like-minded gambler whose expertise in horse racing complemented his own in computers. The two became racing partners and in 1984, moved to Hong Kong. Starting with a mere US$150,000 (equivalent to US$369,138 in 2019), the pair relied on their mathematical skill to create a formula for choosing race winners.
Using his statistical model, Benter identified factors that could lead to successful race predictions. He found that some came out as more important than others. Benter later worked with Robert Moore.
In 2007, Benter founded the Benter Foundation.
Benter is a big contributor to charity and political groups. According to political campaign contribution records, in 2008 Benter and Acusis were listed as donors to Barack Obama's presidential campaign and the Democratic Party of Virginia. In 2010, The Advantage Trust donated to Israeli-based organization Rabbis for Human Rights. The Atlantic reported in 2010 that Benter had raised and given at least US$800,000 in support to J Street.
In 2012, Benter donated one million dollars to the University of Pittsburgh. In 2013, Fox News reported that Benter donated thousands of dollars for pro-Hagel ads in Politico when he was nominated to be next Secretary of Defense by President Obama.
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