DIARY: Lucy proves herself a diamond in Randall’s Get Rich Quick success

My concern over the reduced circumstances of Financial Dynamics deputy chairman Jeff Randall - facing a pruning of his reputed pounds 200,000 salary on his imminent return to journalism - has been eased no end.

My concern over the reduced circumstances of Financial Dynamics deputy

chairman Jeff Randall - facing a pruning of his reputed pounds 200,000

salary on his imminent return to journalism - has been eased no end.



Randall, soon to be Sunday Times assistant editor, has just outflanked

five other competitors, including Jeffrey Archer and writer Al Alvarez,

in an Esquire magazine Get Rich Quick challenge.



Starting as a 20-1 outsider, former Sunday Times City editor Randall

romped home, after early Stock Exchange losses, with a profit of pounds

590 on an initial float of pounds 500. His storming successes hinged on

scooping pounds 570 in the Ritz casino, St James, and taking pounds 50

from former Golf World editor Robert Green after trouncing him on the

links. Randall put his success down to his ‘disciplined gambling’ and

his use of a combination of the numbers ten and one, inspired by the

birth-date of his daughter Lucy. ‘Since Lucy was born’, he confides, ‘my

fortunes have been transformed. We’ve paid one term’s school fees with

one win and decorated her bedroom with another.’



Runner-up Archer reportedly greeted his defeat with the remark: ‘If he’s

so good, then why isn’t he a millionaire?’ Randall would only say,

doubtless with utmost sincerity, that: ‘It was very satisfying to come

ahead of a man whose money-making talents are so widely known’.



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