- Ricci is one of the largest shareholders of mobile gambling firm Gaming Realms
- It has signed a deal to create a version of the TV quiz for smartphones
- The three-year licensing agreement will see the firm launch the game in summer
Going fifty-fifty: Racing fan and former Barclays boss Rich Ricci is backing a phone version of the TV quiz
Rich Ricci might not need to go on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? but the ex-banker with the famously apt name is set to cash in on the show.
Once the boss of Barclays’ investment bank, Ricci is one of the largest shareholders of Aim-listed mobile gambling firm Gaming Realms, which has signed a deal to create a slot machine-style version of the TV quiz for smartphones.
The three-year licensing agreement with Sony Pictures Television will see the firm launch the game this summer.
It has already built games for Britain’s Got Talent, The X Factor and Deal Or No Deal.
Ricci, the trilby-wearing American who angered shareholders by pocketing millions of pounds in bonuses at Barclays just after the financial crisis, is a close friend of Michael Buckley, Gaming Realms’ executive chairman and largest shareholder.
Both are horse-racing fanatics and used to own a horse together.
Ricci has a 7 per cent stake in Gaming Realms.
He stepped back from executive life in 2013, when he left Barclays, which was busy repairing a reputation damaged by the Libor rigging scandal.
He now devotes his time to racing, having once named one of his horses Fat Cat In The Hat in reference to a newspaper headline about him.
Ricci now devotes his time to racing, having once named one of his horses Fat Cat In The Hat in reference to a newspaper headline about him