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’.