Here is a man who didn’t attend an elite university, who didn’t join a top bank’s graduate training programme, who didn’t work as a trader or M&A banker, and who yet became CEO of an investment bank.
Ricci studied finance at Creighton University, a small Jesuit university in Omaha. Creighton is not the ivy league: it ranked between 226 and 250 on the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. In 2011, the starting salary for Creighton Finance graduates was $48k (£32k). Creighton is not a feeder school for Wall Street.
From Creighton, Ricci went to the Bank of Boston and the Bank of New England. From the Bank of New England, he went to Barclays, where he fell in with Bob Diamond.
Throughout his career, Ricci has never worked in a front office client facing position. Instead, the Financial Times reported that he has worked in technology, HR, and senior operations positions.
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