Portman founder wins Grand National

11 April, 2022 / infocus
 Will Peakin  

Sam Waley-Cohen, the founder of Portman Dental Care, won the Grand National at the weekend.

A keen amateur jump jockey, he had previously competed in the Grand National and won the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Sam completed a master’s in Politics at Edinburgh University before joining Louis Dreyfus Company, an international agricultural business. He founded Portman Healthcare in 2008.

After guiding the 50-1 shot Noble Yeats, owned by his father, to victory, Sam said: “I’m so choked up. It’s a dream, a fantasy, something I could never have imagined.” It was the 39-year-old’s last race as he had announced his retirement earlier this month.

Portman currently has 200 dental practices across the UK, Ireland and Benelux, including 16 orthodontic Portman Smile Clinics, caring for more than 700,000 patients. Its practices offer a range of specialist, private and NHS dental care services, and are “focused on continual development both in clinical skills and innovation”.

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