Calvin Edward Ayre (born May 25, 1961, at Lloydminster, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian-Antiguan entrepreneur based in Antigua and Barbuda, and Also the founder of This Ayre Group and Bodog Amusement brand.
In 2000, Ayre launched online gambling company Bodog, the achievement of which made him a billionaire. Ayre’s notoriety improved from the mid-2000s as online gaming’s popularity surged, landing him on the cover of Forbes magazine’s 2006 annual Billionaires edition and Star magazine’s»Most Eligible Billionaire Bachelors» list in late 2007.
Ayre modeled his personal brand after Virgin Group founder Richard Branson. In 2012, Ayre was indicted by the US Attorney for Maryland on charges of illegal gambling and money laundering. In 2017he pled guilty to one misdemeanor charge and all other charges against him were dropped. In August 2017, Ayre has been appointed as an Economic Envoy for Antigua and Barbuda to advise on progress in cryptocurrency.
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