Donald Trump's biggest fan is a British Scientologist who lives in a castle - 2015-08-19
Forget the American electorate. Donald Trump's biggest fan may be a British businessman who likes to play the odds.
John Mappin, a media investor who owns Camelot Castle in Cornwall, has placed more than 15 wagers, totaling more than £2,000 (or $3,100), that Trump will secure the Republican presidential nomination, if not win the presidential election outright. Depending on the type of bet (nomination or presidential victory) — and the odds at the time it was placed — the payoffs range from 7-to-1 to more than 30-to-1. If Trump indeed becomes president and Mappin wins every bet he's made, he stands to collect at least £40,000 (or $62,000).
Despite what a lot of experts say, Mappin is convinced that the billionaire entrepreneur is no political long shot. "I do think the media and the political pundits have completely underestimated where public sentiment is," says Mappin. "Trump has a huge grass-roots following. And funnily enough, it's not just amongst Republicans."