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Growing up on the Goodwood Estate where his father ran the racecourse for the Duke of Richmond left Balthazar Fabricius with betting coursing through his veins. After a stint at Ladbrokes, he started a private bookmaking business in 2005 in the Mayfair townhouse where it remains today. He wanted to reinvent bookmaking principles and offer a luxury lifestyle to chancing HNWs. Fitzdares takes bets on all sports and specialises in looking after high-staking customers who come to them via referrals, much as one would when joining a gentlemen’s club. ‘We occupy a rare and exciting space dealing with the doers, the dreamers, the game changers,’ Fabricius says. ‘We are their private playground.’

Balthazar Fabricius