An immigrant from Naples, born Felice DeLucia, Ricca rose very quickly in the gang ranks, frequently serving as Al Capone's emissary to the East Coast gangs. The two soon became good friends; in 1927, Capone served as the best man at Ricca's wedding.
In 1932, Ricca succeeded Capone as boss of the Outfit, while Frank Nitti served as Ricca's front. Ricca stepped down as boss in 1947, but continued to serve as a senior advisor to the Outfit until his death of a heart attack in 1972.
|Boss of the Chicago Outfit|