Date: 07.05.2024

by Bartosz Burzyński

Last update: 14.05.2024 01:04

TOP 100 Most Influential People in iGaming

Ready for an exciting journey through the world of gambling? Welcome to our unique ranking – a list of the 100 Most Influential People in Gaming. From today (07/05/2024) to Friday (10/05/2024) we will discover the cards of the most influential people in global gambling.

Unlike other rankings, we not only evaluate achievements, but also how they were implemented and their positive impact on the industry. For us, it is more important than being the president of a large iGaming Group – what counts is ethics, responsibility and positive impact. As an industry medium, we do not believe that the end justifies the means.

Our goal is to create a values-based gaming environment where discussions are fruitful and culture always triumphs. Get ready to discover not only the results, but also the stories of the people who are shaping our industry in a positive way.

Getting down to specifics, we present a list of the 100 most influential people in the global igaming industry. They include business owners, investors, presidents, directors, managers and activists.

We are aware that this juxtaposition will cause a lot of emotions and discussions, but we believe that any form of dialogue will be a positive phenomenon. Discussion is always appreciated. We also promise that such a list will appear on our website every year in May. In this way, we want to appreciate the actions of all people who influence the image of the iGaming industry around the world.

100. Clemence Dujardin

Group CEO of MyAffiliates, a leading affiliate marketing software platform used in the iGaming industry. She joined MyAffiliates in 2012, bringing a diverse background from various sectors within the affiliate management and software technology industries. Dujardin is based in Malta and has been recognized for her leadership, winning awards such as Malta’s Best Gaming Woman Leader of the Year in 2018 and 2019, and CEO Woman of The Year at SiGMA in 2021.

99. Irina Cornides

She joined Pragmatic Play as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) in January 2022, stepping into a newly created role to help drive the company’s expansion plans. With a solid track record in the iGaming industry, she brought over a decade of experience from her previous senior leadership roles. Before joining Pragmatic Play, Cornides served as the Chief Commercial Officer for Asia at Gamesys (now part of Bally’s), where she successfully led the fastest-growing division within the company. This experience has positioned her well to support Pragmatic Play’s growth, particularly in expanding its product offerings and enhancing operational efficiencies across the company’s portfolio.

98. Vasilije Lekovic

He serves as the Vice President of Gaming at Trustly, where he is shaping the company’s strategic initiatives within the gaming sector. His role focuses on leading commercial teams that work with gambling clients and partners at Trustly to help them streamline payment processes and introduce innovative solutions. Lekovic has played a key role in the commercial success of Trustly’s innovative products such as Pay N Play and Trustly Express in online gambling, which have had significant impact on the industry by simplifying the deposit and payout processes and integrating KYC data with payment processes for seamless user onboarding and verification.

97. Cheryl Jones

Former president of the European branch at Odds on Compliance, where she led expansion and strategic operations in European markets. Prior to this role, she served as the Director of Legal and Compliance at Lady Luck Games AB and G Games Ltd.

A few days ago, her actions were appreciated even more and she became the managing director of EMEA at IC360! Jones is recognized for her compliance leadership and has played a key role in setting the regulatory framework in both the online and land-based gaming sectors.

96. David Mann

He was promoted to CEO of Swintt in August 2022, taking over from David Flynn who shifted his focus to his role as CEO of Swintt’s parent company, Glitnor Group. Mann has been with Swintt since May 2019, initially joining as Business Development Director before moving up to Chief Commercial Officer and eventually CEO. His prior experience includes positions at other iGaming companies like Wazdan, Betway, and William Hill, highlighting a diverse background in sales and business management within the industry. With Mann on board, Swintt aims to continue expanding its product portfolio and entering new global markets, including the UK.

95. Johan Tjärnberg

He became the CEO of Trustly in January 2022, transitioning from his role as the company’s Chairman. Under his leadership, Trustly has focused on global expansion, particularly on growth in North America which now accounts for an extensive portion of the company’s revenue. Tjärnberg’s appointment came at a time when Trustly aimed to leverage his experience in scaling global payments businesses, which aligns with the company’s strategic goals in the payments industry, especially in the iGaming sector.

94. James Curwen

He has been appointed as the new CEO of Yggdrasil, taking over from Björn Krantz in October 2023. Curwen comes to Yggdrasil with a rich background in the gaming industry, having previously served as the Chief Online Officer at OPAP. His career spans over 30 years with roles in both online and land-based gambling, including executive positions at companies like William Hill, Superbet, Ladbrokes, and The Ritz Casino. Curwen is recognized for his deep industry knowledge and leadership skills, which are expected to drive Yggdrasil towards sustainable and profitable growth under his direction.

93. Alejandro Tengco

Chairman and CEO of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR). Appointed by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Tengco succeeded Andrea Domingo in this role. His leadership marks a significant transitional period for PAGCOR, as it shifts from operating as both a regulator and a casino operator to focusing solely on regulatory functions. Under Tengco’s guidance, PAGCOR is also actively involved in modernizing its operations and working on its international gaming regulations to curb illegal activities and improve the overall integrity of the gaming sector in the Philippines. Tengco emphasizes the importance of making PAGCOR a purely regulatory body by 2025, which will include structural and operational changes to better serve the industry and uphold high standards of regulatory compliance.

92. Sandra Thorpe

She has recently taken on the role of Chief People Officer (CPO) at Superbet. She joined the company bringing extensive experience in human resources and executive leadership, particularly in the iGaming sector. Her background includes roles such as Chief HR Officer for Paddy Power plc, where she was noted for her ability to align HR strategies with business objectives in high-stakes environments. In her role as CPO at Superbet, Thorpe is responsible for overseeing the company’s human resources strategy, focusing on improving organizational culture, developing training programs, and attracting top talent that aligns with Superbet’s strategic goals.

91. Adam Lamentowicz

An expert in the betting industry laid the groundwork for Superbet’s success in the Polish market before taking over as the bookmaker’s leader in Romania. Formerly serving as the Vice President of International Markets at Superbet Group, Lamentowicz has been appointed as the CEO for the operator in Romania starting April, where Superbet holds a leading market position. His strategic leadership and deep industry expertise are set to continue driving Superbet’s dominance in this key market. In addition to his corporate roles, Lamentowicz is active in promoting responsible business practices as a member of the United Nations Global Compact Network Poland General Assembly. He also contributes to the industry’s dialogue on regulatory and market challenges, particularly focusing on emerging markets like Latin America.

90. Charmaine Hogan

Charmaine Hogan, as the Head of Regulatory Affairs at Playtech, holds a pivotal position in assessing regulations and processes related to new and emerging gaming markets. Her role involves facilitating Playtech’s strategic entry into these markets by ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements. With extensive experience in the gambling industry, Hogan previously worked on EU legislation and policy development in Brussels for both the government and the European Commission. During this time, she led the discussions with European gambling regulators and contributed to shaping the regulatory frameworks. In her current capacity, Hogan focuses on the regulatory landscapes of newly regulated jurisdictions, particularly in Latin America. Her expertise and leadership in regulatory practices have garnered recognition within the industry, earning her a place on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Gaming Association.

89. Cassie Stratford

Since 2022 she’s been Senior Vice President of Legal Operations and Compliance at Boyd Gaming. Stratford started her career at Boyd Gaming as Associate General Counsel in April 2012 and has held various positions within the company’s legal department, including Vice President of Legal Affairs and Assistant General Counsel. Her responsibilities include overseeing privacy and data security initiatives, regulatory compliance, and licensing, as well as providing legal oversight across various operational aspects of the company. Before joining Boyd Gaming, Stratford was a commercial litigation attorney at Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. from September 2008 to April 2012. She is also deeply involved in advocating for diversity and leadership within the gaming industry. She is the President of the Board for Global Gaming Women, an organization dedicated to supporting the development and success of women in the gaming industry through education and networking opportunities.

88. Matthew Gera

He has recently transitioned to the role of CEO and Co-Owner at Wild Gaming Studios, a company focused on developing innovative casino games. Based in Belgrade, Serbia, the company was established in 2022 with the goal of creating captivating gaming experiences for a global audience. Before joining Wild Gaming Studios, Gera served as the Commercial Director at RubyPlay where he managed to achieve personal and professional growth and evolved from a Commercial and Account Manager to the Commercial Director. Gera’s extensive experience in the iGaming industry also includes senior management positions at companies like Pragmatic Play, Playson, and Aspire Global, equipping him with a thorough understanding of the market dynamics and online gaming community needs.

87. Wendy Montgomery

Senior Vice President of Marketing, Communications, and Sustainability at International Game Technology (IGT). She joined IGT in 2018 and has been crucial in shaping the company’s global brand strategy, overseeing trade shows, product marketing, and external communications, which include community relations, responsible gaming, and corporate social responsibility initiatives. Before IGT, Montgomery had a notable tenure at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, where she led various core areas including marketing, sales, operations, policy and planning, and the iGaming business. Her career also includes leadership roles across different sectors such as entertainment and telecommunications.

86. Augusta Dragić

Co-founder of the Superbet group, a leading gambling operator in Romania. Alongside her husband, Sacha Dragić, she helped establish Superbet in 2008, and since then, the company has grown significantly, becoming a dominant force in the Romanian and CEE betting market. Superbet operates with a strong online presence supported by proprietary technology developed in their Tech Hubs across multiple locations including Bucharest, Zagreb, and London. Beyond her roles in the business world, Augusta Dragić has also ventured into philanthropy as the president of the Superbet Foundation, focusing on initiatives with educational and social components.

85. Paris Smith

The longstanding CEO of Pinnacle has recently transitioned to an advisory role after nearly 17 years at the helm. During her tenure, she was instrumental in guiding the company through growth phases and strategic expansions. This change allows her to focus on new opportunities and projects while continuing to support the Pinnacle team in a less direct capacity. Smith’s move to an advisory role is part of a broader shift to focus on long-term strategic goals and to continue promoting and networking on behalf of Pinnacle. She remains committed to the industry and looks forward to contributing to its ongoing success from her new position.

84. Mateusz Juroszek

Prominent figure in the European iGaming industry, primarily known for his role as the former CEO of STS, a leading bookmaker in Poland. He played a crucial role in developing STS into a significant player in the European betting market. Following the acquisition of STS by Entain, Juroszek stepped down from his position as CEO. However, he continues to influence the gaming industry as a shareholder in Gaming Innovation Group (GiG), contributing to technological advancements and services within the iGaming sector. Juroszek’s experience and strategic insight into the iGaming and betting markets have established him as a key figure in the industry.

83. Melissa Pursley

She holds the position of Senior Vice President of Lottery Product and Sales Development at International Game Technology (IGT) where she leads the team responsible for developing and managing lottery products and sales strategies. Her responsibilities include shaping the company’s lottery innovation efforts and ensuring that the products meet market and client needs effectively. Additionally, Melissa Pursley is engaged in IGT’s initiatives for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), demonstrating her commitment to promoting an inclusive workplace culture.

82. Andre Gelfi

A respected figure in the Brazilian iGaming industry, currently serving as the Managing Partner for Betsson in Brazil and the President of the Brazilian Institute of Responsible Gaming (IBJR). He has been instrumental in pushing for the development and regulation of responsible gaming in Brazil. His efforts are focused on creating a sustainable and safe market for both companies and consumers in the country’s rapidly developing iGaming market. Gelfi’s career in the gambling industry spans over 20 years, during which he has gained extensive experience in international gaming and betting. His work with the IBJR also involves collaboration with various stakeholders to ensure that Brazil’s sports betting market adopts best practices from both successful and less successful regulated markets globally. Gelfi emphasizes the importance of integrating consumer protection into the market’s regulatory framework from the outset, aiming to make Brazil a reference for successful gambling regulation worldwide.

81. Jennifer Roberts

She serves as the General Counsel for Wynn Interactive and WynnBET, where she oversees the legal aspects of Wynn Resorts’ online and mobile sports betting and casino gaming operations. Her career includes various roles across the spectrum of gaming law and regulation. Before her current position, she was the General Counsel at GameCo and the Director of Sports Gaming Regulation at the Tennessee Lottery Education Corporation. Roberts is recognized for her extensive expertise in gaming regulation, which is crucial in the rapidly evolving landscape of online gaming.

80. Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin

President of the Autorité Nationale des Jeux (ANJ), the French national gambling authority. Appointed in June 2020, her term is notable as she was involved in shaping the new regulatory framework for France’s gambling sector. Before leading the ANJ, she had an extensive career in regulatory roles, including her time as the Chair of the French Data Protection Authority, CNIL, and her involvement in various international regulatory forums. Under her leadership, the ANJ has focused on several strategic priorities, including the protection of minors, ensuring the integrity and transparency of gaming operations, and the prevention of fraud and money laundering. Falque-Pierrotin has highlighted the importance of collaboration at the European level, particularly through her role as the Chairwoman of the Gambling Regulators’ European Forum (GREF).

79. Stephen Crystal

The Founder and CEO of SCCG Management, a consultancy that specializes in the casino and iGaming industries. With over 30 years of experience in the gaming sector, Crystal has played multiple roles, including that of president and CEO of several casino holding and public gaming technology companies. His expertise spans a wide range of areas including sports betting, iGaming, sports marketing, affiliate marketing, technology, intellectual property protection, product commercialization, esports, capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, casino management, and governmental and legal affairs. Throughout his career, Crystal has been instrumental in advising on gaming project finance and merger acquisitions totaling more than $4 billion. He is also a seasoned speaker and participant at international gaming conferences, contributing to publications in major and emerging gaming markets.

78. Martin Stålros

Recently he has been appointed as the CEO of Relax Gaming. Stålros has been with the company for over a decade and brings a wealth of experience from his previous role as the company’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), during which he witnessed the company’s expansion from 30 to 350 employees. His prior roles within the industry include positions at Kindred Group and Ladbrokes, where he focused on operations and business development, giving him a broad understanding of the iGaming sector. His promotion to CEO is seen as a natural progression given his deep involvement from the early days of Relax Gaming and his substantial contributions to its growth and strategic direction.

77. Rasmus Sojmark

The CEO and founder of SBC, a company that specializes in organizing events, news, and media for the betting and gaming industry. He started his career as the commercial director of BetBrain.com and was a founding team member at EveryMatrix. Sojmark founded SBC Global in 2009, which has grown into a powerful entity within the industry, also establishing Oddslife.com, a B2B social sportsbook platform.

76. Sergey Haryunyan

Sergey Harutyunyan, the VP of Sales and Customer Development at Playtech, stands as a pivotal figure within the global gaming industry. His unrivalled sales management and customer relationship skills have contributed to Playtech’s growing influence and expansion in global gaming markets. His extensive contributions extend to the development of strategic partnerships, and his keen ability to identify and capitalize on emerging industry trends positions him as one of the most influential leaders in the gaming world. Notably, he brings nearly five years of experience from his previous role as a director at BetConstruct, which he now effectively leverages at Playtech.

75. Oren Cohen Shwartz

He is the CEO of Delasport, appointed in August 2021. Before joining Delasport, he served as the Managing Director at Skywind Group, where he contributed to the company’s growth and success across regulated markets. His career also includes senior roles at other iGaming companies like William Hill and EveryMatrix. Known for his expertise, Shwartz has a reputation for focusing on product innovation and improving player experience. His leadership at Delasport is aimed at driving business results and expanding the company’s reach in global markets by providing comprehensive sports betting and iGaming solutions.

74. Lois Bright

The key figure at The Conexus Group, where she works as the Managing Director of Initiate International and Head of Africa & Middle East. She is strongly involved in strategic initiatives across these regions, focusing on expanding The Conexus Group’s influence within the iGaming industry. Bright’s role involves only overseeing the company’s operations, fostering important industry connections, and developing partnerships. Her influence extends to the industry events. For instance, Bright was a chairperson at the recent BiG Africa Summit 2024, where she delivered opening remarks and moderated important panel discussions that focused on investment-friendly policies and mentorship for women in African iGaming.

73. Adrian Bailey

He serves as the Managing Director of Pariplay Ltd., where he has been influential in steering the company’s direction and growth. He helped to develop Pariplay into a key player in the iGaming industry, focusing on the delivery of innovative solutions and partnerships that enhance both operator and player experiences. Bailey has overseen the development of the Fusion platform, which integrates products from various vendors, allowing operators to manage content through a single endpoint.

72. Pierre Lindh and Martin Pettersson

The co-founders of NEXT.io, the global media and conference powerhouse. The company is today renowned for its high-quality events and insightful content, which cater to professionals and thought leaders within the iGaming sector. NEXT.io hosts several notable events, such as the NEXT Summits in New York and Valletta, which provide platforms for networking, learning, and industry growth. Pierre and Martin also run a podcast that covers a range of topics relevant to the iGaming industry, offering deeper insights into the sector’s trends and challenges

71. Michael Bauer

Crucial figure at Greentube, where he holds the dual roles of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Games Officer (CGO). He joined the company in 2015 after working with the NOVOMATIC Group since 2013. His career background includes over 15 years of experience in corporate and structured finance, as well as in project management. As CFO/CGO, Bauer shapes the company’s financial strategies and its games development. Under his leadership, Greentube has restructured its organization into three main business verticals: games, operations, and platform, to optimize resources and focus on strategic areas. Bauer has also been involved in leading Greentube’s expansion into North American markets, overseeing the company’s acquisitions, such as the purchase of the US development studio Present Creative.

70. Britt Boeskov

An experienced executive in the sports betting and iGaming industries, currently serving as the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Board Member at Better Collective. She joined BC in March 2022, bringing with her a wealth of C-level experience from her previous roles at Kindred Group. At Kindred, Boeskov held various key positions, including Chief Experience Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Programme Officer, over a tenure spanning 17 years. Boeskov is known for her expertise in digital transformation, particularly at the intersection of customer experience, product, and technology.

69. Gonzalo Perez

CEO & Partner at ApuestaTotal, Gonzalo Perez is an extraordinary entrepreneur and leader with diverse interests. Founding his first company at the age of 25, he continues his relentless pursuit of growth and success across various industries, ranging from transportation to sports betting, children’s food, and gastronomy. His commitment to teamwork and long-term business vision makes him an inspiration to many. A passionate problem solver, Perez always strives for excellence while acknowledging that perfection may be an unattainable goal. His determination and dedication even lead him to contemplate future involvement in politics, aiming to change gambling laws and influence industry development.

68. Elen Barber

She recently joined Super Group as the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) transitioning from her role at Kindred Group where she spent 13 years, initially starting as the head of affiliates. Overall, Barber’s contributions at Kindred included overseeing operational reviews and leading marketing strategies that aligned with the company’s growth and operational objectives. Her move to Super Group, the parent company of Betway and Spin is another career step and showcases her deep experience in the gaming industry.

67. Matevs Mazij

He was appointed as the CEO of Bragg Gaming Group in August 2023, stepping up from his position as Chairman of the Board, a role he assumed after a detailed evaluation by the board to ensure the company’s alignment with its strategic objectives. Mazij is also widely recognized as the founder of Oryx Gaming, a contributor to Bragg’s technology platforms, which was acquired by Bragg in 2018. His experience in the gaming industry, coupled with his deep understanding of Bragg’s operations and strategic vision, positions him well to lead the company toward future growth.

66. Paul Burns

A notable figure in the Canadian iGaming industry, serving as the President and CEO of the Canadian Gaming Association (CGA) since March 2018. He has a long history with the CGA, having helped establish the association in 2005 and served as its Vice President of Public Affairs before his current role. His career in the iGaming sector extends over two decades, beginning with policy roles for the Ontario government, where he contributed to the expansion of gaming initiatives such as charity casinos and slots at racetracks. With Burns on board, CGA is now focusing on promoting responsible gaming, addressing legislative and regulatory issues, and leading the national dialogue on the economic impact and development of the gaming industry in Canada. He played a key role in important initiatives, such as legalizing single-event sports betting and expanding regulated online gaming markets in Ontario and across Canada.

65. Jesper Kärrbrink

Kärrbrink holds several key positions across different organizations. He is currently the Chairman of Pariplay at Aspire Global, where he brings his leadership experience from various high-level roles he has previously held, including CEO positions at Mr Green and Svenska Spel. Kärrbrink is also known for his involvement in other sectors, exemplifying a versatile career spanning multiple industries. His influence extends beyond corporate leadership into thought leadership within the iGaming community. He is actively involved in discussing the dynamics of affiliate marketing and the regulatory challenges within the industry, underscoring the importance of responsible gaming and improved consumer experience

64. Ronen Alush

Advisor and Global Development Lead at Playtech, is a visionary individual with a broad perspective on markets and challenges. His primary responsibility involves driving Playtech’s global growth, skilfully navigating diverse markets. Despite the inherent complexities of operating in markets with varying regulatory and cultural frameworks, Alush adeptly utilises his skills to achieve remarkable success. His strategic vision and adaptive approach position him as an invaluable asset to the Playtech team, making him a true leader in the industry.

63. Stella David

In December 2023, she took on the role of Interim CEO at Entain, having previously served as a non-executive director from March 2021. When Barry Gibson retires, expected by the end of September 2024, David will take over as Chair of Entain. She has had a successful career that includes various leadership and board positions across multiple industries. David was the CEO of William Grant & Sons and held non-executive director roles at Bacardi Ltd and Domino’s Pizza Group plc. Her appointment as interim CEO comes at a crucial time for Entain, as it implements various operational and strategic changes, such as focusing on regulated markets and enhancing governance and operational procedures.

62. Moti Malul

He became the CEO of NeoGames in October 2018, taking over from Ilan Rosen. Malul had been with NeoGames for a decade before serving as CEO, primarily in sales and business development. His experience spans over various industries, including telecom and internet services, with previous positions at companies like Ericsson and Smile Media. With Malul as CEO NeoGames has focused on expanding its offerings in the iLottery and iGaming solutions sector, aiming to open new markets and enhance customer growth.

61. Stian Hornsletten

Co-founder of EveryMatrix who has recently transitioned to the role of CEO of the company’s Games division. He has a long-standing history with EveryMatrix, having previously served as the Chief Commercial Officer and earlier as the CEO of the company’s casino unit. Hornsletten was a crucial figure in the company’s growth, influencing product development and commercial strategies. Hornsletten’s background includes wide experience in the online gaming industry, where he has been particularly effective in developing EveryMatrix’s casino products and affiliate marketing programs.

60. Manuel Stan

He will take the lead as the new CEO of Catena Media on July 1, 2024. Stan brings to Catena nearly two decades of experience in the online sports betting and casino gaming industry, predominantly from his time at Kindred Group. There, he served for 16 years in various roles, culminating as the Senior Vice President for North America. During his tenure, he played a crucial role in shaping the group’s affiliate marketing programs and led initiatives across customer marketing, business development, and corporate governance.

59. Troy Zurawski

CEO and founder of Design Works Gaming (DWG), established in 2005. He comes from a family with deep roots in the gaming industry, which dates back over 70 years in Las Vegas. This rich heritage has heavily influenced his approach to game development, focusing on simplicity and player engagement rather than complex bonus mechanics. Zurawski’s philosophy is to create games that are easy to understand, aiming to make DWG’s offerings stand out in a crowded market by offering unique gameplay experiences.

58. Anthony Werkman

He has been the CEO of Betway since November 2017, having previously held the role of Director of Marketing and Operations since 2015. His career at Betway began in 2013, and he has been involved in the online gaming industry since 2000. Werkman’s experience includes a variety of roles such as General Manager of a data analytics team and Director of a digital marketing agency Under Werkman’s watchful eye, Betway has seen significant growth and development, focusing on various aspects of corporate governance and business expansion.

57. Shimon Akad

Shimon Akad has served as Chief Operating Officer for Playtech plc since 2015.  His primary responsibilities include defining and executing Playtech’s technology, product and commercial strategy.   Shimon joined Playtech in 2011 and has extensive experience building and commercialising gambling products across retail and digital sectors.  His experience has been central to the development of Playtech’s omni-channel offering and been instrumental in driving the company’s growth in regulated and newly regulated markets such as the UK, Europe, LATAM and the US.  

56. Thomas Graf

CEO of Greentube who joined the company in September 2011. With over two decades of experience in the global gaming industry, Graf has been a powerful force in driving Greentube’s growth, helping it become a leading full-service provider of online and mobile gaming. His career at Greentube began with a focus on technology as he initially served as the Chief Technology Officer before ascending to the CEO position. His leadership encompasses strategic planning, new business development, product, and game development, and overseeing the integration of intellectual property. Under Graf’s leadership, Greentube has expanded its focus to the U.S. market, capitalizing on the burgeoning demand for online gaming content. The company has tailored its offerings to meet local preferences, differentiating its strategy from its approach in European markets.

55. Jordan Gnat

He represents the Advisory Board of the Amercan part of Better Collective. Before the M&A with BC, he was the CEO and a director at Playmaker Capital, a digital sports media company he helped found. He has been instrumental in guiding the company through different phases of growth, focusing on acquiring and integrating media brands to create highly engaged audiences for advertisers and online sports betting operators. His company has expanded greatly, which recently led to its acquisition by Better Collective in a deal valued at $187.7 million. Jordan Gnat has a rich history of leadership roles across various companies.

54. Johan Törnqvist

CEO and Co-Founder of Play’n GO, the company that has been recognized for its innovative approach to game development, focusing on creating entertaining and high-quality games that stand out in a competitive market. Törnqvist emphasizes the importance of building games that are fun to play rather than just transactional, which has helped differentiate Play’n GO from other companies in the industry. Since founding the company, Törnqvist has guided Play’n GO through serious growth, leading to its recognition as a top supplier of online slot games. His vision for the company includes not just expanding into new markets like the United States but also ensuring that Play’n GO remains at the forefront of technological and regulatory changes in the gaming industry.

53. Roy Samuelov

The entrepreneur and investor deeply involved in the iGaming industry leads strategic initiatives and expands business reach, aligning with his extensive experience. Additionally, Samuelov demonstrates exceptional market understanding and knows precisely how to steer the business towards effective development. Roy is highly esteemed by key figures in the industry. If there is no door, he will create one.

52. Victor Corcoran

CEO of Fortuna Entertainment Group, a role he began in September 2022. Before joining Fortuna, he was the CEO of Paddy Power Online, part of Flutter Entertainment. His experience at Paddy Power included overseeing the brand’s technical integration with Betfair’s sports betting platform. At Fortuna Entertainment Group, Corcoran leads Central and Eastern European omni-channel gambling operations that includes major brands like Fortuna Entertainment in the Czech Republic, Casa Pariurilor in Romania, and several others in Croatia and Slovakia. His arrival at Fortuna concluded a nine-month search for a new CEO following the departure of the previous CEO, Per Widerström.

51. Ivo Valenta

Prominent Czech businessman and former politician, well-known for owning the SYNOT Group, a major player in the gaming industry. Valenta co-founded SYNOT in 1991, which began as a small family business and has since evolved into an internationally respected group operating across various countries, particularly in the gaming sector. In addition to his roles in business and politics, Valenta has engaged in media ownership, notably acquiring a stake in the company that publishes the internet portal “Parlamentní listy,” a move that expanded his influence in media and public discourse.

50. Eman Pulis

Founder of SiGMA Group, a media and events company with a focus on sectors like gaming, digital health, digital marketing, and emerging technologies. He founded SiGMA in 2014, initially a small startup that has since expanded into a significant player in the global scene with events across continents including Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Europe. Pulis is known for his innovative approach to the convergence of different industries, which he believes is essential for fostering growth and new business opportunities. This philosophy is evident in his initiation of multiple verticals within SiGMA Group such as AIBC, Med-Tech World, and AGS, each focusing on specific facets of technology and innovation.

Currently, he is most focused on the Ikigai Ventures project. This project brings together a group of industry experts, constructors and operators. Helps others build and scale transformational companies.

49. Tim Drehkoff

CEO of Rush Street Gaming who has been promoted to this position in May 2022. He has been with Rush Street and its affiliated entities for nearly two decades, with his great leadership abilities and financial acumen, particularly as the company’s Chief Financial Officer since 2012 before becoming CEO. His tenure at Rush Street has been marked by strategic oversight of major capital investments and debt financings, totaling more than $2 billion in investments and $8 billion in financings across various gaming jurisdictions. Drehkoff’s leadership extends beyond financial management, having played a critical role in Rush Street’s expansion into new U.S. and international gaming markets.

48. George Rover

He serves as the Executive Director of the Responsible Gambling Affiliate Association (RGAA), a role he has held since the organization’s inception. Rover’s leadership at the RGAA focuses on fostering collaboration among stakeholders, including state regulators and online gambling operators, to promote responsible gambling and ensure the industry operates within a framework that protects consumers. Rover’s career highlights include roles at the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE), where he was instrumental in launching online casino sites and overseeing complex licensing operations. Before joining the RGAA, Rover also contributed to the gambling industry’s integrity standards by helping to establish the Sports Wagering Integrity Monitoring Association (SWIMA), aimed at combating fraud and other illegal activities related to sports betting.

47. Trevor Ginsberg

Trevor CEO of RubyPlay, an innovative B2B iGaming development studio known for its engaging slot games. In recent years RubyPlay has expanded its global reach, securing impactful partnerships and entering new markets. Ginsberg has guided RubyPlay into a strategic expansion into the South African market through a deal with LottoStar, marking RubyPlay’s debut in the region. Additionally, Ginsberg has successfully negotiated other major content deals that further establish RubyPlay’s position in the global iGaming industry. These include partnerships with major operators like LeoVegas and PokerStars, enabling RubyPlay to supply its top-performing titles and several bespoke games across multiple regulated markets worldwide.

46. Robeson Reeves

The CEO of Bally’s Corporation took on the role of CEO in March 2023, succeeding Lee Fenton, and has since been pivotal in driving strategic initiatives within the company. Reeves is focusing on turning around the North America Interactive division, which faced significant losses before his tenure. His strategies involve streamlining operations and improving the financial health of the company. Before becoming CEO, Reeves had a deep track record within the iGaming sector. He joined Gamesys in 2005 and held various leadership roles, including COO and Director of Gaming Operations before Gamesys was acquired by Bally’s.

45. Charles Mizzi

He was appointed as the CEO of the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA in January 2024. Before joining MGA, Mizzi served as the CEO of the Residency Malta Agency, where he led efforts towards promoting Malta as a reputable residency investment destination. His background includes a rich history in both media and marketing, with leadership roles even within the European Union Council’s presidency events in 2017. In MGA his role involves overseeing the implementation of regulatory frameworks that ensure gaming fairness, transparency, and player protection.

44. Steven Salz

Co-founder and CEO of Rivalry, an online esports-focused betting platform that he helped launch in February 2018. Salz is deeply connected to the esports community, having been a competitive gamer in his earlier years, which has influenced his leadership at Rivalry. His career includes previous experiences in the defense industry, asset management at Scotiabank, and as an analyst at a boutique investment bank. Salz’s approach emphasizes the importance of understanding and catering to the esports audience, integrating competitive gaming dynamics into betting experiences.

43. Hector Fernandez

CEO of Aristocrat Gaming, having taken on the role after a rapid ascension within the company. He initially joined Aristocrat in 2018 as CFO for the Americas and EMEA, then became President of those regions, before being promoted to CEO. His financial background helps him focus on strategic growth and innovation while ensuring the company’s financial health. Aristocrat has launched successful products that have strengthened its market position. His bilingual abilities in English and Spanish have also been an asset in leading Aristocrat’s diverse international operations.

42. Kristian Nylén

Co-founder and CEO of Kambi Group, a leading provider of premium sports betting services. Since founding the company with Anders Ström in 2010, Nylén has played a pivotal role in Kambi’s development into one of the industry’s top sportsbook suppliers. Kambi has grown, partnering with key players in the sports betting industry and expanding its services globally. Nylén has recently announced his intention to step down from his CEO role in 2024, following the appointment of a successor.

41. Jette Nygaard-Andersen

Danish business executive who served as the CEO of Entain from January 2021 to December 2023. Before becoming CEO, she had been involved with Entain as an Independent Non-Executive Director since December 2019. Her leadership at Entain was marked by a focus on sustainable growth and technological innovation, particularly in enhancing the digital transformation of the company’s offerings. She was also instrumental in leading major acquisitions and integrating new companies into the group, which expanded Entain’s market reach and capabilities.

40. Jesper Svensson

He has been leading Betsson Group as CEO since December 2017, bringing his experience from his previous roles within the company. He initially joined Betsson in 2013 and has held various positions, including Managing Director and Chief Commercial Officer, which equipped him with a deep understanding of the company’s operations across its markets. Svensson’s initiatives have also included strategic partnerships, such as Betsson becoming the main sponsor of Boca Juniors, demonstrating the company’s expansion and influence in South American sports.

39. Anna Sainsbury

The co-founder and CEO of GeoComply, a company specializing in geolocation and fraud prevention solutions, which she helped establish in 2011. She returned to the CEO position in January 2022, after previously serving in the role for seven years since the company’s inception. Sainsbury has played a critical role in steering GeoComply’s growth and innovation, particularly in the fields of cybersecurity and regulatory compliance across various industries, including online gaming.

38. Ramiro Atucha

Ramiro Atucha is the face not only of Vibra Gaming but also of the entire iGaming industry in LATAM markets. With over 20 years of business experience, including more than 10 years specifically in iGaming, he has acquired the necessary skills to become a true game changer in the industry. Ramiro’s multifaceted understanding of the business landscape allows him to excel in it. Moreover, all the individuals we’ve spoken to highly value him both as a person and as a professional and business partner.

37. Ashot Sahakyan

Ashot is respected as a person, a man of sincere knowledge coupled with the highest integrity. Digitain would not be Digitain if it were not for this individual, with his ethics, intellect, and genuine character. One can say, and we are sure the founders can attest to this, that he is indeed seen as a founder of the worldwide phenomenon that is Digitain. The leadership and mentorship garnered from him are way beyond exceptional, and once you truly get to know him, there is no better friend!

36. Neil Montgomery

Founder and managing partner of the Brazilian law firm Montgomery & Associados. He has played a unique role in shaping the regulatory landscape for the iGaming and sports betting industries in Brazil. Montgomery’s firm has been actively involved in discussions and analyses concerning the legalization and regulation of these sectors in the country. Montgomery has been engaged in the legislative process that led to the approval of Bill 3,626/2023 by Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies, which regulates online gambling, including iGaming. Montgomery’s contributions extend beyond legal advice, as he actively participates in public debates and panels discussing the future of gaming regulation in Brazil. He emphasizes the need for a legal framework that provides security to both investors and bettors, aiming to foster a healthy and sustainable gaming environment.

35. Jesper Søgaard

The co-founder and CEO of Better Collective, a leading digital sports media group he established with Christian Kirk Rasmussen in 2004. Søgaard has been instrumental in steering Better Collective’s growth and direction, focusing on making sports betting and gambling entertaining, transparent, and fair. Under his leadership, Better Collective has achieved several milestones, including impressive revenue growth, international expansion, and successful acquisitions, such as the purchase of Action Network for $240 million, which was the largest acquisition in the company’s history. Søgaard has also been active in venture capital through his founding partnership at Dreamcraft Ventures, demonstrating his entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to innovation within the iGaming and sports betting industries.

34. George Daskalakis

Co-founder and CEO of Kaizen Gaming. Since its conception the company has experienced rapid growth, developing a culture of continuous improvement and innovation. Daskalakis’ strategic vision has been important in steering the company through its transformation from its original brand, Stoiximan/Betano, to Kaizen Gaming. Daskalakis has led Kaizen Gaming to expand its presence internationally, now operating in multiple countries across Europe and beyond. His commitment to innovation is highlighted by the company’s partnerships with major sports entities and its engagement in responsible gaming practices. His leadership style fosters a strong team environment, driving the company’s success in competitive markets.

33. Carsten Koerl

Founder and the CEO of Sportradar, a leading sports technology company since its inception in 2001. Koerl has played a crucial role in the company’s development, driving its growth from a tech startup to a global leader in delivering sports data and analytics. Under his guidance, Sportradar has expanded its reach to provide crucial sports data services to media companies, bookmakers, and sports federations across the globe and Koerl’s vision has led Sportradar to become a key player in sports analytics and integrity services. Before Sportradar, Koerl founded betandwin Interactive Entertainment AG (now known as bwin).

32. Jonas Warrer

He has been appointed as the acting Group CEO of Gaming Innovation Group (GiG), following the announcement of Richard Brown stepping down from the role. Warrer, who is also the CEO of GiG’s Media division, has taken on dual responsibilities overseeing both GiG Media and the broader group operations during a period of corporate restructuring. At GiG, Warrer leads the company through the complexities of iGaming and leverages his experience to drive growth and innovation.

31. Joanne Whittaker

She became the CEO of Betfred in April 2021, succeeding the founder Fred Done, who transitioned to the role of Chairman. Her career at Betfred began in the IT department at the company’s Warrington base before she ventured out to start her own business, Fideliti, a childcare voucher provider, in 2005 with financial backing from Done. Fideliti proved successful, achieving substantial turnover and profit by 2019. Her return to Betfred signals a full-circle moment in her career, bringing her leadership experience and innovative approach back to the gambling sector.

30. Niles Andén

He had a great impact on Kindred Group, where he currently serves as the permanent CEO, having initially joined as the interim CEO in May 2023. His tenure at Kindred marks his return to the company where he previously held various key roles from 2006 to 2016, including Head of Poker, Head of Established Markets, and Chief Marketing Officer for the Unibet brand. Andén’s leadership at Kindred has focused on driving the company through a strategic review and steering its direction during a period marked by the pursuit of sustainable growth and responsible gaming practices.

29. Tim Heath

A notable figure in the iGaming and emerging technology sectors, best known as the founder and General Partner of Yolo Investments. His career includes pioneering roles in the adoption of Bitcoin and the establishment of leading crypto-gaming brands such as Bitcasino.io and Sportsbet.io. Heath’s expertise spans the intersection of gaming, fintech, and blockchain technologies, where he has been instrumental in driving innovation and strategic investments. Yolo Investments focuses now on seed and A-stage investment opportunities across gaming and fintech sectors. The firm manages a wide portfolio, leveraging Heath’s experience to identify and cultivate high-potential startups and innovations in these areas.

28. JD Duarte

CEO at Betcris. For two decades, Jose Daniel Duarte has been at the forefront of launching innovative ventures and steering company expansions from Latin America to Europe and Asia. His expertise in Business Agility, FinTech, and E-commerce, combined with his leadership at Betcris, showcases his relentless ambition and keen understanding of market dynamics.
JD’s journey in entrepreneurship exemplifies his knack for looking beyond the present to innovate and thrive. With numerous successful projects under his belt, he stands as a beacon of innovation and perseverance.

27. Andrew Rhodes

The CEO and Commissioner of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC). He joined the Commission as Interim Chief Executive in June 2021 and was confirmed as the permanent CEO in June 2022. Rhodes brought much experience from both the public and private sectors to the UKGC. Before his role at the UKGC, he served as the Registrar and Chief Operating Officer at Swansea University and held various senior civil service roles, including at the Department for Work and Pensions and the Food Standards Agency. His tenure at UKGC has seen him focus on long-term stability and effective regulation of Great Britain’s gambling industry. Rhodes’ leadership has also coincided with the review of the UK Gambling Act, which aims to address the evolving needs and challenges within the gambling sector.

26. Robert Chvátal

The Group CEO of Allwyn who recently served as Interim CEO of Allwyn UK where he has overseen the transition to the Fourth Licence of the National Lottery in the UK. Taking over from Camelot UK as the operator of the UK National Lottery is a major step for the company and a significant shift in the UK’s lottery landscape. Chvátal has held multiple executive-level positions, including CEO of T-Mobile in Austria from 2007 to 2012, and CEO of Sazka, a major European lottery operator. His leadership at Sazka was noted for transforming the company and pushing the boundaries of European lotteries. Under his direction, Allwyn (formerly known as Sazka Group) has focused on innovation, technology, and safety across its gaming and lottery operations.

25. Matt King

CEO of Fanatics Betting and Gaming, a role he assumed after contributing to the sports betting industry, particularly through his previous position as CEO of FanDuel. At FanDuel, he was instrumental in driving the company’s growth, boosting its revenue from $120 million to nearly $2 billion. His tenure at FanDuel saw him fostering innovations and strategic expansions that helped position the company as a leader in the daily fantasy sports and gambling domains. Now his approach focuses on integrating Fanatics’ extensive merchandise and fan engagement capabilities to offer unique sports betting experiences. King’s strategic vision for Fanatics Betting and Gaming also involves a methodical approach to product development and market entry, exemplified by their careful beta testing and phased rollouts to ensure product optimization before a full-scale launch.

24. Mike Raffensperger

President of Sports at FanDuel, where he is shaping the strategic and operational aspects of sports-related products. Before, he held the position of Chief Commercial Officer, overseeing FanDuel’s revenue generation across multiple platforms. Raffensperger’s career is full of substantial achievements in marketing and strategic development within large media, entertainment, and technology sectors. His expertise in disruptive technology and growth acceleration has contributed to FanDuel’s dominance in the sports betting and iGaming industry.

23. Ivan Montik

The founder of SOFTSWISS, an international tech company that has strongly influenced iGaming since its inception in 2009. Ivan Montik led SOFTSWISS to introduce the first Bitcoin gaming solution in the industry, positioning the company at the forefront of blockchain technology integration in online casinos.

That innovation opened new markets and opportunities in the cryptocurrency gaming space. Today, SOFTSWISS offers a wide range of products, including the Casino Platform, the Game Aggregator, the Sportsbook, the Crypto Solution, the Jackpot Aggregator, Affilka, and Managed Services, covering payment management, licensing, affiliate marketing, and much more. Throughout his career, Ivan Montik has maintained a focus on innovation, team empowerment, and strategic growth, which has driven SOFTSWISS to achieve remarkable success in the industry.

22. Amy Howe

She became the President and CEO of FanDuel in late 2021, stepping up from her role as President which she began in February 2021. Howe’s leadership has been crucial in steering FanDuel’s core commercial functions across its Sportsbook, Casino, Racing, and Daily Fantasy units. Under Howe’s guidance, FanDuel has focused on maintaining its leading position in the U.S. market, highlighting product innovation and comprehensive market access. Her approach combines strong strategic direction with a focus on execution and compliance, aiming to drive FanDuel’s growth in the expanding U.S. iGaming market.

21. Per Widerström

In October 2023 he was appointed as the CEO of 888 Holdings. Before joining 888, Widerström was the CEO of Fortuna Entertainment Group, where he helped the company reach its full potential, solidifying its market position across Central and Eastern Europe from 2014 to 2022. His career in the gaming sector spans over 17 years, including senior positions at companies like Bwin.party and Gala Coral Interactive. Widerström’s leadership is expected to focus on leveraging 888 Holdings’ existing technological and data capabilities to drive growth and establish the company as a stronger international multi-brand operator.

20. Matt Wilson

CEO of Light & Wonder, a role he assumed in October 2022. Wilson has a long history in the gaming industry, having held senior positions at Aristocrat before joining Light & Wonder. His leadership is focused on strategic growth and the repositioning of the company, emphasizing its core businesses in iGaming and entertainment technology. Wilson’s approach includes tapping into new capital markets, such as a secondary listing in Australia, which aims to broaden the company’s financial base and support its expansion efforts, particularly in the Asian markets. He also emphasizes innovation and the importance of adapting to changing market dynamics to stay competitive in the iGaming and social casino spaces.

19. Sascha Dragic

The founder of Superbet, a company that Dragic started in 2008, which began operating in 2009. Initially a small retail bookmaker in Romania, Superbet has grown greatly under Dragic’s management, becoming a leading player in both the retail and online betting markets. The transformation of Superbet into a distinguished name in the iGaming industry is largely due to Dragic’s strategic vision and his ability to adapt to regulatory changes, notably moving into the online space following the legalization of online betting and gaming in Romania. Dragic is recognized for his belief in the importance of maintaining a company’s entrepreneurial culture, even as it grows and expands into new areas.

18. Pontus Lindwall

The President and CEO of Betsson AB. His leadership at Betsson has been marked by strategic insights and a deep understanding of the iGaming market, guiding the company through periods of impressive growth and market challenges. Lindwall is also recognized for his proactive stance on responsible gaming and has been involved in the re-regulation of the Swedish gaming market. His approach to leadership in iGaming extends beyond corporate success, as he is known for his commitment to industry-wide standards and ethical practices.

17. Vladimir Dokov

He has played a transformative role as the CEO of Euro Games Technology (EGT), influencing both the company and the broader iGaming industry. During his tenure, EGT has grown into one of the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of gaming equipment. Dokov’s strategic vision for EGT includes fostering a culture of innovation and maintaining a comprehensive production cycle that spans from development to manufacturing, enabling EGT to control the quality and delivery of its products effectively. His leadership extends beyond operational management to strategic expansion. Dokov has overseen EGT’s penetration into over 100 global markets, with plans for further geographic expansion.

16. Mitch Garber

Canadian lawyer, investor, and business executive with great contributions to the iGaming and gambling industries. Garber’s career in the gambling sector is marked by notable leadership roles, including CEO positions at PartyGaming Plc and Caesars Interactive Entertainment, where he played crucial roles in the acquisition and growth of these companies. His tenure at PartyGaming was particularly influential, helping the company navigate complex regulatory environments and leading its public offering on the London Stock Exchange. Garber’s impact extends to pioneering online gaming advancements and advocating for regulatory reforms.

15. Matt Kalish

Co-founder of DraftKings and who serves as the President of DraftKings North America. His leadership extends to overseeing all marketing, operations, and analytics functions in the U.S. Kalish’s career at DraftKings began shortly after its founding in 2012. Under his guidance, DraftKings was one of the first companies to launch legal, online, and mobile sports betting in New Jersey. One of Kalish’s notable contributions was also preparing DraftKings for the overturning of PASPA (Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act), positioning the company to capitalize on new market opportunities swiftly. His foresight and strategic planning have been crucial in establishing DraftKings as a leading sports betting and fantasy sports platform. His contributions to the industry have been recognized with his inclusion in Sports Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” in 2019.

14. Vincent Sadusky

CEO of International Game Technology PLC (IGT) since January 2022. His role at IGT involves guiding the strategic direction of the company, which is influential in the gaming industry and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. His responsibilities include working closely with the board and senior management to set long-term goals and strategies that shape the company’s future. Before joining IGT, Sadusky had a substantial career in media, serving as CEO at Univision Communications, Media General, and LIN Media. His experience in these roles included overseeing digital transformations and navigating companies through mergers and acquisitions, which have been instrumental in his leadership approach at IGT.

13. Vardges Vardanyan

Founder and driving force behind Digitain, a leading provider of iGaming platform solutions. His journey began with the establishment of Toto Gaming in 2003, a sportsbook that laid the groundwork for Digitain’s creation. Vardanyan’s vision was to leverage Armenia’s rich pool of technology skills and his experience in the gaming industry to offer a scalable, flexible, and secure iGaming platform that integrates quality, profitable sportsbooks. Since then, Digitain has seen great growth and is recognized for its comprehensive range of betting and gaming products. The company now employs over 2,200 people and has expanded its offerings to include a plethora of innovative solutions.

12. Uri Poliavich

The visionary founder and CEO of Soft2Bet, who has emerged as a pivotal figure in the iGaming and Fintech industries. Since launching Soft2Bet in 2016, Poliavich has demonstrated an exceptional ability to innovate and expand, propelling his company into new markets and achieving notable financial growth. His leadership contributed to tripling the company’s EBITDA and also led to the development of innovative technologies like the Motivational Engineering Gaming Application (MEGA). His commitment to innovation and excellence makes Uri Poliavich a key influencer in the tech world, driving forward the integration of user engagement strategies.

11. Martin Moshal

Widely recognized founder of Microgaming, the company that played a pioneering role in creating the first online casino software in 1994. His journey began with an innovative vision to merge casino gaming with the burgeoning Internet technology. Despite facing initial financial challenges, Moshal’s persistence paid off when he partnered with Roger Raatgever, who believed in the potential of his idea. Microgaming introduced several key developments in online gambling, including the launch of the first online progressive jackpot slot, Cash Splash, which revolutionized how jackpots were accumulated and paid out across networked platforms. Today, Moshal continues to influence the tech and gaming industries through his investments and philanthropic activities, maintaining a low public profile.

10. Gustaf Hagman

The CEO and co-founder of LeoVegas, particularly recognized for revolutionizing mobile gaming. With a keen insight into the untapped potential of mobile technology early in the smartphone era, Hagman co-founded LeoVegas in 2011, introducing a mobile-first approach that set the stage for the company’s future trajectory. Through the recent decade, LeoVegas has widely expanded its geographical footprint and also strongly diversified its offerings across multiple categories. His vision led to the successful IPO of the company on the NASDAQ Stockholm in 2016 and spearheaded numerous acquisitions that enhanced market share and technological capabilities.

9. Johan Graff

The founder and owner of Novomatic, an Austrian powerhouse in the gambling and iGaming industry. Graf’s journey began in a modest environment, and he initially trained as a butcher before pivoting to the gambling business. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to import American pinball machines in the 1970s, which he placed in local cafes. This venture marked the beginning of his career in gaming technology. In 1980, Graf founded Novomatic and his new company quickly diversified into producing a wide array of gaming products. Under his leadership, Novomatic has quickly expanded internationally and soon adapted to the evolving digital landscape. Today, the company stands as a giant in the gaming and betting industries, with operations spanning across more than 70 countries, and Graff was there from the very beginning.

8. Vigen Badalyan

Badalyan is a notable figure in the iGaming industry, serving as the co-founder and CEO of BetConstruct. His entrepreneurial journey is marked by the establishment and growth of over 40 technology brands across various sectors such as gaming, website development, data solutions, and cryptocurrency. Some of his well-known ventures include BetConstruct, Fastex, and Vbet. Badalyan’s leadership style is described as proactive and hands-on, characterized by a strong commitment to navigating the complexities of the iGaming industry while anticipating future trends and opportunities. His efforts and contributions to the gaming industry have been recognized with several awards, including the Outstanding Contribution to Gaming award at SIGMA Eurasia.

7. Julian Jarvis

Chief Executive Officer of Pragmatic Play, who stands out as a formidable figure in the iGaming industry. His leadership steers a company renowned for its innovative and diverse gaming content that spans across slots, live casino games, and bingo. Pragmatic Play, under Jarvis’s guidance since 2020, has flourished by expanding its global reach and adapting swiftly to the dynamic demands of the digital gaming market. His initiatives at Pragmatic Play have greatly expanded the company’s product offerings and emphasized responsible gaming and regulatory compliance. That approach has solidified Pragmatic Play’s reputation as a widely respected and trusted name in the iGaming industry.

6. Adam Greenblatt

As the CEO of BetMGM, he has emerged as a transformative leader in the rapidly growing U.S. sports betting and iGaming industry. Greenblatt’s professional journey includes impactful stints at GVC Group and Ladbrokes, where he led crucial mergers and acquisitions, notably the merger between Gala Coral and Ladbrokes. This experience proved invaluable as he took the helm of BetMGM, a joint venture between MGM Resorts International and GVC Holdings (now Entain), which he has led since its inception. Under his leadership, BetMGM has expanded its market reach and innovated the integration of digital and physical gaming experiences. This strategy has played a crucial role in driving the company’s growth.

5. Martin Carlesund

As the CEO of Evolution Gaming Group, Carlesund has solidified his reputation as a transformative leader in the iGaming industry. Since taking the helm at Evolution in 2015, Carlesund has steered the company through remarkable growth phases, featured by strategic acquisitions and expansion into new markets. Notably, under his leadership, Evolution completed the acquisitions of slot developer Nolimit City and increased its shareholding in NetEnt, reinforcing its dominance in both live casino and slots gaming sectors.

4. Peter Jackson

Before his tenure as CEO of Flutter Entertainment, which began in January 2018, he held some notable positions at Lloyds Bank, Halifax Bank of Scotland, and as CEO of Travelex, showcasing a diverse range of executive leadership across different sectors. Flutter’s successful entry into complex markets such as the United States and India, and its ability to navigate regulatory environments to drive profitability and market share, are proof of his strategic acumen. Jackson’s innovative approach to global market dynamics and his adeptness at integrating major acquisitions into Flutter make him a pivotal figure not only for Flutter but also for the entire iGaming industry.

3. Mor Weizer

CEO of Playtech since 2007, has left an indelible mark on the global iGaming and financial software industry. Under his astute guidance, Playtech has transformed into the world’s largest online gambling software supplier, celebrated for its pioneering innovations and dynamic growth. He has led the company through numerous strategic acquisitions, that solidified Playtech’s presence in both regulated and emerging markets.

2. Denise Coates

The visionary founder and CEO of Bet365, and a titan within the iGaming industry. Coates has been a trailblazer from the outset, transforming a modest family business into a global online gambling empire. Under her stewardship, Bet365 has become renowned for its innovative approach, introducing features like in-game betting and 24/7 customer support, which have since become industry standards. Today, Bet365 serves over 45 million customers worldwide and has consistently been recognized for its contributions to the field, earning numerous awards for excellence.

1. Jason Robins

CEO, and Chairman of DraftKings and a pivotal figure in the global iGaming industry. A graduate of Duke University with degrees in Economics and Computer Science, set himself out to revolutionize sports betting and fantasy sports. Since DraftKings’ inception in 2011, he has guided the company from a modest startup operating out of a spare bedroom to a publicly traded powerhouse on Nasdaq. Robins’ leadership continues to set industry standards, ensuring that DraftKings remains at the forefront of innovation and customer engagement in the dynamic iGaming sector. His achievements have earned him a billionaire status as of 2021.

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