Teddy Sagi is on a bit of a spending spree. Earlier this year, the Playtech billionaire paid a massive £400 million for Camden Stables Market. Just a few weeks back, he poured another £90 million into the iconic Camden Lock Market.
He is only just getting started though. An Israeli national, Sagi is based in Tel Aviv but leads the sort of jet-setting life that you would expect of a billionaire bachelor. However, his acquisition of prime land in North London, coupled with a number of recent listings on the London Stock Exchange, have led many to wonder whether the British capital may play a larger role in Sagi’s future business plans.
It certainly seems that way. Playtech itself has been listed on the London Stock Exchange since 2006, and is now listed as a FTSE 250 company. Over the past few years, Sagi himself has spearheaded two high profile IPOs on the London Stock Exchange: SafeCharge International Group plc and Crossrider Ltd.
Sagi’s financial ties to the UK are obvious, but his long-term connections to London are perhaps more apparent in his commitment to following the UK’s increasingly strict gaming legislation and regulations. Recent laws, such as the US’ Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006, have forced companies as Playtech to launch new brands or make adjustments to their business plans in order to obtain their operating licences. Sagi has made every effort to be at the forefront of the UK’s gambling regulation.
As a result, Playtech is now ready to launch a slew of new products on the regulated UK market, which are set to raise Sagi’s profile in the UK even further.
One upcoming venture is Titanbet Casino, a new Playtech-developed brand which has been specifically created for the regulated market in UK. Although the site does not yet have its licence in the UK, it is expected to happen in the very near future.
After this, who knows? The latest rumours suggest that Sagi is harbouring an interest in the UK football scene – football in particular. According to multiple sources, he is said to be considering a takeover bid on the English Championship football team Reading FC.
Meanwhile, market watchers are watching Sagi for hints as to his next move. In September, Playtech announced the £8 million acquisition of Aristocrat Lotteries, suggesting an expansion into the video lottery terminal (VLT) marketplace.
And then of course, there is the small matter of those 12.5 acres of prime real estate in Camden. While it is likely that Sagi will continue to maintain the existing market set-up, the possibilities are endless. City centre mansion, or gaming headquarters? Sagi is nothing if not innovative, and the world will be watching as his domination of the UK continues.