It’s not what you know but whom you know that will get you places in this world. At least that’s what betters are hoping for with the recent birth of Suri Cruise, daughter to Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. Odds are 50-to-1 that Suri will seek parental council on career advice and win an Oscar at some point in her lifetime. Odds are the same that Tom, Katie and Suri will join family forces and appear together in an Oscar-nominated film.
“Betting on celebrity fortunes has always been lively but we’ve been astonished at the interest from gamblers in the fate of newborn celebrity children,” says David Williams of Ladbrokes. “When Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes announced the birth of their daughter, the telephones in our call center were bouncing off the hooks. Everyone wanted Ladbrokes’ odds on Suri’s showbiz career.” What direction that career decides to take is yet to be determined. But the chip-off-the-old-block approach certainly isn’t limited to screen stars.
In sport, the trends are similar. Ladbrokes is dreading the prospect of Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf’s children, Jaden and Jaz, wielding tennis rackets in one of the Grand Slams. And should the youngsters go on to win Wimbledon—against their parents in the mixed doubles, preferably—the bookies will be paying out enormous sums to amateur fortune-tellers.