This Sunday will see the annual publication of the The Times’ Rich List, a ranking of the wealthiest individuals in the UK. As ever, it’s a list with numerous entries from the world of UK video games.
Rockstar co-founders Sam and Dan Houser are, predictably, high up on the list’s top 10. Combined, their 2020 wealth is £310m, up £10m from a year ago, despite Dan Houser’s departure from the company. Earlier this year, Rockstar responded to reports it claimed £37.6m in UK tax relief, accounting for more than an a third of the amount given to the entire UK games industry.
Top of the list, however, are two names you may not recognise: Mel Morris (worth £515m) and Riccardo Zacconi (worth £410m), who have earned a fortune from the Activision-owned King, maker of Candy Crush. Zacconi is King’s CEO, while Morris was its former chairman (who now owns Championship team Derby County).