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David Gold
Born January 15, 1937 (1937-01-15) (age 72)
Stepney, London, England
Occupation Owner, Gold Group International

David Gold (born 15 January 1937) in Stepney, East London[1] is an English businessman.



Gold owns Gold Group International (GGI), the parent company of the retailer Ann Summers, lingerie chain Knickerbox, and owned pornographic magazine company Gold Star, printing and distribution businesses and until 2006, corporate air service Gold Air International. GGI used to be jointly owned by David and his brother Ralph, until David bought out Ralph's share in 2008.[2]

The brothers in 2007 sold their share in Sport Newspapers,[3] following falling sales and profits. He has also sold his charter airline, Gold Air[4]. His daughter Jacqueline Gold is chief executive of Ann Summers and Knickerbox Ltd.

Football clubs

Gold is the former chairman of Birmingham City (He is not to be confused with David Sullivan, who is chairman of the club's parent company.) In 2007 the Gold brothers were believed to be in the process of selling their share in Birmingham City[5] which followed Birmingham's return from relegation[6] and lower than expected profits.[7] After the club were relegated once again to the Championship in May 2008, Gold was quoted as saying he was considering stepping down from the joint head of the board of Birmingham City.[8]

In May 2005[9], David Gold bought the second FA Cup trophy at auction for £420,000 (£478,400 after fees), saying he wanted to prevent it being bought by overseas buyers.

It has been widely speculated in the press that Gold could be interested in buying West Ham United after agreeing to sell Birmingham City to multi-millionaire Carson Yeung. Gold was a youth player at the Hammers and was offered an apprenticeship but was ordered by his father to finish his apprenticehsip as a bricklayer.[10] He also once owned 30% of the club with his business partner Sullivan during the 1980's.[11] More fuel to the speculation was added when Gold himself refused to rule out a takeover by saying "Not can understand how difficult it is for me, I'm sure, to talk about this".[12]

Sunday Times Rich List ranking

2009 has seen the Gold's rise six places to 178th in the rankings, however with another large decline of £150m in their fortunes to £300m Sunday Times Rich List 2009.[13] The family dropped 51 places to 184th, with their fortune dropping £100m to £450m in the 2008 list[14]. Previously they were valued at £550m and ranked 133rd[15] in the Sunday Times Rich List 2007. Dropping from 119th[16], with a value of £525m in the Sunday Times Rich List 2006. Previous rankings were 82nd - value £370m in 2001, 72nd[17] - value £410m in 2002, 67th[18] - value £465m in 2003, 79th[19] - value £495m in 2004 and 92nd[20] - value £515m in 2005.


In 2005, David wrote his autobiography Pure Gold with professional co-writer Bob Harris. This dwells on his early childhood poverty, ascent as a pornographer, and involvement with Birmingham City.


  1. ^ Birmingham's Brady bunch set for West Ham: David Gold drops strong hint at Hammers takeover
  2. ^, Drapers, 28 Feb 2008
  3. ^, Times Online, 9 August 2007
  4. ^ David Gold - Daily Telegraph
  5. ^ Yeung takes stake in Birmingham BBC News, 16 July 2007
  6. ^, The Mirror, 14 March 2006
  7. ^, BBC News, 23 May 2007
  8. ^, The Guardian, 12 May 2008
  9. ^ Birmingham City boss buys FA Cup BBC News, 21 May 2005
  11. ^ David Gold in West Ham frame after Birmingham sale
  12. ^ Gold refuses to deny Hammers link
  13. ^
  14. ^, Timesonline Rich List 2008
  15. ^,,47080,00.html ,Timesonline, Richlist 2007
  16. ^,,43118,00.html ,Timesonline, Richlist 2006
  17. ^,,5357,00.html ,Timesonline, Richlist 2002
  18. ^,,21746,00.html ,Timesonline, Richlist 2003
  19. ^,,33677,00.html ,Timesonline, Richlist 2004
  20. ^,,37830,00.html ,Timesonline, Richlist 2005

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